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Apple-Buttermilk Pancakes

These pancakes are great with syrup, sliced bananas, a smear of almond butter, or a dollop of part-skim ricotta.

  • Servings: 4
Apple-Buttermilk Pancakes

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, March 2012


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced small (1 cup)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, applesauce, egg, and butter. Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture and whisk until just moistened (batter should have some lumps; do not overmix).

  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. In batches, drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls into skillet. Sprinkle each pancake with diced apple. Cook until bubbles appear on top and a few have burst, 2 to 5 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until golden brown on underside, 2 to 5 minutes. Repeat with more cooking spray and remaining batter, wiping skillet clean between batches.

Reviews (5)

  • flowers731 21 Oct, 2014

    Followed Sarah's suggestions--went apple picking, made my own applesauce and used in these pancakes. They are probably the best pancakes we have ever eaten. Added some spicy sausage patties and maple syrup and we had a very delicious breakfast. We also froze the leftovers but have not tried those yet. I would definitely do these for company for breakfast/brunch.

  • JH77 5 Oct, 2014

    Made these for breakfast today. They were wonderful! My boyfriend said they were the best pancakes I've ever made. Light and fluffy. The diced apples were a nice touch. And I didn't have tons of batter leftover. Will ads this to my breakfast rotation.

  • Akmama3 9 May, 2014

    Made these this morning with a couple of modifications. Added a 1/2 tsp cinnamon, that might seem like a lot but my kids love it, 1/4 cup wheat and 3/4 white flour and I graded the apples instead of chopping them. They turned out great!!

  • Marguerite7 27 Sep, 2013

    I made the pancakes yesterday, Sept. 26, on National Pancake Day as soon as I received the video recipe. It was perfect because I had buttermilk and applesauce in the fridge that needed to be used this week. The pancakes were fantastic--light and fluffy. I will add a little cinnamon to the apples the next time I make them. I was out of maple syrup, so I served them with my homemade buttermilk syrup. YUM!! I can't wait to make these for my grandsons.

  • ThisIsHeather 1 Apr, 2012

    Light and airy pancakes. The apple was fantastic. We will definately put these into the weekend rotation.

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