This recipe for oatmeal apple walnut pancakes celebrates both apple picking season and the beginning of fall. The warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg combined with apple and walnuts create a flavor that is perfect for this time of year. White whole wheat flour and old-fashioned oats increase the fiber and nutrition content.
The use of unsweetened applesauce and chopped apple adds flavor and requires minimal additional sugar. While still soft and moist, these pancakes are heartier than your typical pancake. Serve plain or with toppings such as butter, a dusting of powdered sugar or cinnamon, or (as shown here) with a bit of syrup and toasted walnuts. Pair with a cup of your favorite hot beverage for a relaxing weekend breakfast.
- 1/2 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 ½ tablespoons natural, unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup buttermilk (Or, substitute buttermilk with just under one cup milk with one tablespoon white vinegar. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before adding to recipe.)
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup diced walnuts
- 1 apple, peeled and diced
- Add all ingredients except for walnuts and apples to a food processor and pulse until smooth. (Ingredients can also be mixed with an electric mixer but pancakes will retain more of the oatmeal texture.)
- Stir in diced walnuts and apple.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Lightly grease with butter.
- Scoop a small amount of batter onto the pan using a ¼ cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop. Allow batter to spread and brown on both sides. Repeat until all the batter has been used, regreasing the pan between each batch if necessary.
- Serve warm either plain or with toppings of your choice.
- Serves 2-3 people.
Shopping tip: If you live in the Bensalem, Pennsylvania area, Giant on Street Road sells diced walnuts in the bulk aisle. This can be a great way to save money since you’re able to buy exactly the amount you want for a recipe.
If you’d like to pick your own apples to use in fall recipes like this one, visit a local farm with your family. Click here for plenty of apple tips and the top five spots in Bucks County for apple picking.
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