Every weekend, we have pancakes or waffles. We have a little more time to linger over making breakfast and it's a lot easier to enjoy this sort of breakfast at home with all of us in our pjs, than trekking out to a restaurant. These Fluffy Applesauce Pancakes are a favorite weekend breakfast recipe because they are easy to mix up, they taste sweet and comforting, and the leftovers store nicely in the fridge or freezer. Oh: They are really yummy topped with maple syrup!
The flour that I use in this recipe is buckwheat, which is one of my favorite gluten-free flours. It has a nutty flavor and is high in both protein and fiber. And it's not terribly expensive compared with some other specialty flours. That said, if you don't need or want to eat gluten-free, simply use whole wheat flour instead and you'll still have great results.
One of the secret reasons that I love making pancakes is that it's so easy to tuck a serving of fruits or vegetables inside without anyone really noticing. The applesauce here adds moisture, flavor, and a really nice undertone of natural sweetness. And it helps the batter cook up into fluffy and tender pancakes, so they are perfect for even babies who are newer eaters or those starting out with baby led weaning.
Fluffy Applesauce Pancakes
We like these pancakes topped with a little maple syrup, peanut butter, or additional applesauce. Leftovers make really yummy sandwiches with nut butter or cream cheese in between!
- 1 cup buckwheat flour (or whole wheat flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Heat a cast iron or nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Coat with neutral oil, butter, or nonstick spray. Spoon out 1/4 cup of the batter at a time—or less to make smaller pancakes—and spread to an even thickness about 1/2-inch thick. Let cook about 3 minutes or until the edges are set. Carefully flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately and repeat with the rest of the batter, or keep warm on a baking sheet in a 200 degree F oven.