I really needed some comfort this weekend and these Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes were just the thing to bring up my mood. These were so light and fluffy and the apples and cinnamon added a nice subtle sweetness that lingered on the back of my tongue and helped me deal with my emotions al little better.
Here is the backstory: This summer our beloved dog Oscar passed away in his sleep. He was the greatest dog in the world (I may be a little bias) and he was loved by everyone in our family. It is so hard to lose a pet but as they say, I would rather have loved and lost then never to have loved at all. I had no idea how difficult it would be or how much of an impact he had on my daily life. He was a great companion and brought joy to everyone he met! He will forever be greatly missed!
In Oscar’s memory and since I am in need of a little comfort food, I decided to try to perfect my healthy pancake recipe. Cooking always makes me feel better. I have tested this recipe in many different ways but I think this is the final version and the best one yet! I was trying to think of something from my childhood that was comforting and the first thing that popped into my head was these amazing apple cinnamon pancakes my mom used to make. They were perfectly fluffy with big chunks of apple and warm maple syrup. Sounds perfect, except for the fact the pancakes are not that good for you. I had to come up with a version that provided that comforting feeling but also had nutritional value, not to mention the vivid flavors I remember from my childhood.
Well I believe I did it! I tested this recipe so many times that I actually got sick of pancakes and so did my kids, which is crazy since it is one of our favorite things on the planet to make and eat! The good news from all that work was the result of this amazing healthy pancake recipe that you could probably eat every day if you wanted to! The ingredients are simple and once again most likely items you have at all times (at least I do).
These are so easy! I mean it is illegal to share this but I am going to take that risk!
My favorite part was adding the chunks of apple and watching each pancake fluff up while they cooked. Super cute! In the words of my four-year old and it put a smile on my face, which I needed. Love you Oscar!
Once they were done, I topped them with warm maple syrup and toasted pecans. I mean, it was definitely up there with some of the best pancakes I have ever had. Good for you versions of course!
So here is it. These pancakes are fluffy and sweet with chunks of apple and a hint of cinnamon. Sure to wow even a four-year old pancake expert!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and please share below in the comments and let me know how they turned out for you!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup rolled oats (I used gluten free)
- 1 small apple diced
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1.5 tablespoons cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- Maple syrup warmed
- Chopped pecans toasted
- Heat up a skillet and spray with cooking spray.
- Place all ingredients in a Blender and mix until you get a pancake-like consistency.
- Drop the batter onto the skillet using a 1/4 scoop (yielded about 8 nice size pancakes).
- Drop chunks of apple onto each pancake, flip one you start to see bubbles form (about 2-3 minutes).
- Plate, top with warm maple syrup and toasted pecans and enjoy!!! Happy mornings!