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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
Photography: Johnny Miller




  • 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Everyday Food, March 2012



Reviews (3)

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 1 Apr, 2012

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