These fluffy Apple Pancakes are loaded with tangy-sweet apples for the ultimate breakfast treat. If you’ve never tried adding shredded apples and cinnamon to your pancakes, watch the video tutorial to see how easy it is.

We love Classic Buttermilk Pancakes and all things apples during Fall. We decided to combine the two to make these delicious Apple Pancakes. It’s been a family favorite ever since.

A stack of apple pancakes on a white plate, topped with sauteed cinnamon apples, with green apples in the background.

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Our family is always on a mission for cozy breakfast ideas, from Banana Pancakes to Fluffy Waffles. If you are a fan of easy breakfast recipes, this Apple Pancakes recipe is a must-try!

Apple Pancakes Video

Spoiler Alert! The apple dies during this video. Watch Natasha make the fluffiest homemade apple pancakes. You’re going to love dressing up your buttermilk pancakes with the flavors of fresh apples and warm cinnamon spice.

Apple Pancakes Recipe

As soon as Fall is here, we love to make good use of apples, especially after apple picking. The sweet smells of Homemade Applesauce, Apple Pie, and Sauteed Apples are so irresistibly cozy. If you love apples as much as we do, these easy apple pancakes are a great way to bring a burst of fall to your breakfast routine. Here’s why you’ll love this easy breakfast recipe:

  • Quick – These zesty apple pancakes cook up perfectly golden on the griddle in minutes.
  • Extra fluffy – The combination of buttermilk with baking soda and baking powder makes these apple pancakes irresistibly light and fluffy.
  • Family-friendly – This recipe makes enough pancakes to feed a crowd and is sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
  • Perfect for Fall – Apples and cinnamon infuse these pancakes with the best autumn flavor.

Ingredients

Here’s everything you’ll need to make these apple pancakes, with the full details in the recipe card:

  • Flour – For consistently light, fluffy pancakes, all-purpose flour is the most reliable.
  • Sugar – Regular granulated white sugar is fine.
  • Baking powder and baking soda – I use both for perfectly puffed-up pancakes.
  • Sea salt and cinnamon – I like to use fine sea salt, plus ground cinnamon for a hint of fall spice. Pumpkin pie spice also works great to help the apple flavors shine.
  • Buttermilk – Low-fat buttermilk, or full-fat if you prefer.
  • Eggs – Eggs bind the ingredients and give these pancakes their richness.
  • Vanilla extract – For the best flavor, use real vanilla over imitation.
  • Unsalted butter – Melted beforehand, so it’s easier to mix.
  • Apples – About 2 cups of coarsely grated green apples.
  • Olive oil – For sauteeing the pancakes. I find that light olive oil is the best for cooking pancakes, though canola oil or coconut oil (or even unsalted butter) will also work.
The ingredients for homemade apple pancakes with cinnamon.

Pro Tip: You can use any apples you have on hand to make apple pancakes. Other good varieties are Honeycrisp, Cortland, and Braeburn apples.

How To Make Apple Pancakes

These cinnamon apple pancakes are perfect to whip up on a weekend morning. Here’s how easy they are to make:

  1. Dry Ingredients – In one bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon)
  2. Wet Ingredients – In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla). 
  3. Combine – Whisk the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Continue to whisk while pouring in the melted butter. Finally, stir in the shredded apples. The batter should look lumpy, so don’t overmix.
  4. Cook – Warm a couple of tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick skillet. Saute the pancakes for 2-3 minutes per side.
Photo collage showing the apple pancake batter making process.

Pro Tip: Use an ice cream scoop to get your pancake batter perfectly portioned, and cook them on a heavy-bottomed nonstick skillet for easy flipping.

Common Questions

Why does buttermilk make pancakes better?

It’s not just the tangy flavor – the acidity in buttermilk reacts with baking soda and baking powder for extra light and airy pancakes.

What is the secret to good pancakes?

Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing deflates the air bubbles and results in dense, chewy pancakes.

Can I double the recipe?

If you’re making apple pancakes for an even bigger crowd, absolutely.

How long should you wait to flip your pancakes?

Wait until bubbles begin to form and pop on top of your pancakes, then it’s time to flip. This usually takes between 2-3 minutes in this recipe.

Apple pancakes cooking in a cast iron skillet, with bubbles showing that they're ready to be flipped.

Pancake Variations

Because this has the classic Buttermilk Pancakes Base, you can easily customize the batter with your favorite pancake add-ins. Here are some ideas:

  • Fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Raisins, currants, or craisins
  • Chocolate chips
  • Toffee bits
  • Shredded coconut
Browned apple pancakes cooking in a cast iron skillet.

Serve With

These easy apple pancakes make the perfect breakfast served with:

A large oval platter full of spiced apple pancakes.

Make-Ahead

Here’s how to properly store apple pancakes so that they stay fresh for serving:

  • Keep Warm: Apple pancakes can be kept warm in a 200˚F oven for up to 45 minutes before serving. I don’t recommend leaving them in there longer, as this can dry them out.
  • To Refrigerate: Store leftover cooled pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
  • To Reheat: Pancakes are great to reheat in the toaster or in a skillet on low until warmed through.

Can I Freeze Pancakes?

Apple pancakes can be kept frozen for up to 2 months. Once your pancakes have cooled, store them wrapped tightly in plastic or otherwise airtight, then place them in the freezer. Thaw the pancakes in the fridge before reheating them.

A stack of apple pancakes on a white plate, topped with sauteed cinnamon apples, with green apples in the background.

Cinnamon Apple Pancakes are such an easy, fun way to spice up any morning. Do you have a favorite autumn breakfast recipe? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

More Apple Recipes to Try

Apple season is my favorite season, and if you love these apple pancakes, check out these other wholesome apple recipes:

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Easy Apple Pancakes Recipe

4.95 from 36 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
A stack of apple pancakes on a white plate, topped with sauteed cinnamon apples, next to a green apple.
Fluffy apple pancakes are loaded with tangy-sweet shredded apples and a hint of warm cinnamon spice for the ultimate breakfast treat. These are wonderful drizzled with maple syrup and topped with Sauteed Apples.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 servings (20 medium pancakes)

Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 green apples, or 1 lb, peeled and coarsely grated (2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp light olive oil, plus more as needed to sauté

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together and set aside.
  • In a separate medium mixing bowl, add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until blended. Add these wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and whisk everything together until just moistened.
  • While whisking, add melted butter and stir until incorporated then fold in the grated apple. The mixture should be lumpy (don’t overmix).
  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet or cast iron pan over medium/low heat, or heat a griddle to 325-350˚F. Add 2 Tbsp oil. If you plan to keep cooked pancakes warm for a bit, preheat the oven to 200˚F.
  • You can make the pancakes as large or small as you prefer. We portion 1/4 cup or a 2 oz ice cream scoop of batter for each pancake. Saute for 2-3 minutes per side and flip when the pancakes are golden brown on the first side and you see bubbles form and start to pop on the surface. If they are browning too quickly, reduce the heat.
  • Transfer pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 200˚F oven for up to 45 minutes or until ready to serve.

Nutrition Per Serving

346kcal Calories49g Carbs9g Protein13g Fat5g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat6g Monounsaturated Fat0.2g Trans Fat73mg Cholesterol331mg Sodium388mg Potassium3g Fiber14g Sugar325IU Vitamin A4mg Vitamin C171mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Apple Pancakes Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
346
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
73
mg
24
%
Sodium
 
331
mg
14
%
Potassium
 
388
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
49
g
16
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
325
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
171
mg
17
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon pancakes, apple pancakes
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 346

Natasha Kravchuk

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  • Dina
    October 28, 2023

    Very good results! I substituted gluten free flour (Bob’s Red Mill 1:1) and the pancakes were light and fluffy.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 28, 2023

      That’s great, Dina! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • S
    October 22, 2023

    These were too dense, and not just because of the addition of apples-mine were really thick and tasted more like flour than apple.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 22, 2023

      They shouldn’t be dense unless you used too much flour or the ratios were off. I recommend watching my tutorial on How to measure ingredients to help.

      Reply

  • Bev Narotam
    October 7, 2023

    Delicious and easy recipe. I left the peel on and used 1 tsp brown sugar

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2023

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Tracey
    September 17, 2023

    I admit that these disappointed me. I suspected that they’d be light on spice from reading the recipe, but even a modest increase in the cinnamon didn’t really do much for the flavor. And much as I love olive oil for lots of cooking, this didn’t work for me either. I appreciate the clear directions and enjoy other site recipes – this one just wasn’t one that hit the right fall flavor notes for me.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 19, 2023

      Hi Tracey, We found this to be the right amount of spice but you can definitely add more to taste. Also, keep in mind if you add a ton of spice, you’ll end up with a darker colored pancake.

      Reply

  • Cheryl
    May 8, 2023

    Great recipe, it tasted awesome. I loved it. Thank yoj so much

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 8, 2023

      You’re welcome, glad that you loved it!

      Reply

  • Leor
    February 22, 2023

    Hi Natasha! Would it be possible to grate the apples without peeling them? Would love to add fiber and save time 🙂

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 22, 2023

      Hi Leor! If you prefer the skin on, that would be fine. 🙂

      Reply

  • Wendy Pipentacos
    February 19, 2023

    These pancakes are spectacular. They have just the right amount of sweetness and an amazingly fluffy texture. My husband, always suspicious of new foods, absolutely loved them as much as I did.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 19, 2023

      Thank you for your great comments and review!

      Reply

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