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Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes on a plate with yellow apples in background.

Let me introduce you to one of my very favorite healthy pancake recipes- Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping from Ellie Krieger’s So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the WeekCookbook. The whole wheat pancakes studded with fresh apple chunks are delicious in and of themselves, but the nutty topping takes then to a whole new level of fabulousness.


This nutty topping is seriously addictive. A combination of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds (Maybe it should be called Seedy Topping? But that sounds a little unsavory and scandalous doesn’t it?), almonds, and toasted wheat germ. All of which is bound together by a healthy dose of maple syrup.

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Nutty Topping on a white plate.

The nutty seedy crunch is a wonderful contrast to the soft pancakes and leaves you thinking, Why don’t I always top my pancakes with nuts and seeds? Make a double batch of this nutty topping and try some on your oatmeal or yogurt. Delicious and nutritious!

The batter will keep in the fridge for 2 days so you can have a nice, leisurely Sunday breakfast and then whip up a quick batch on Monday morning. Pancakes are always a great way to get the week started, especially if they are healthy pancakes.

Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping on a plate with Golden Delicious apples in background.


Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

A healthy apple pancakes recipe with a fabulous topping full of nuts and seeds.


  • 1 medium apple, Such as Golden Delicious, about 2 cups, cored and diced
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • maple syrup for serving

Nutty Topping

  • 1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds, green
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • pinch of salt


  • Place diced apple in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on HIGH for 60-90 seconds to soften.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, eggs, and honey.
  • Add wet ingredients into dry, stirring just until combined.
  • Heat a large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat.
  • Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto griddle per pancake, and sprinkle 1 heaping tablespoon of apple on top. Drizzle a little more batter on top to cover the apple.
  • Flip pancakes when they are covered with bubbles and cooked around the edges.
  • Cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until pancakes are cooked through.
  • To make Nutty Topping, toast pumpkin seeds and almonds in a skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add sunflower seeds and cook 1 more minute.
  • Add sesame seeds and cook, stirring continuously until seeds are toasted.
  • Place mixture in a medium bowl, add wheat germ, and stir in maple syrup and salt.
  • Serve with pancakes.


There's quite a bit of maple syrup in the Nutty Topping, but you will probably still want to drizzle a little maple syrup on your pancakes. The calorie count includes 1 additional tablespoon of maple syrup.
The calorie count is based on 1/6 of the recipe.
Nutty Topping will keep for a week in an airtight container.


Calories: 400kcal | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 5g
Course: Breakfast

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Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Ellie Krieger’s So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week

Healthy Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with a Nutty Topping collage.

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12 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping”

  1. Samina | The Cupcake Confession

    whoaaaaa!!!!!!!! I want to dig into this RIGHT NOW!!!! It looks soooo gooood!!! I love love love pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and I can imagine how lovely they’ll be with the pancakes! Can’t wait to try them! 🙂

  2. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    I can definitely see this nutty topping being addictive. It looks beyond delicious!!

  3. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    hehehe, “seedy topping” 🙂 These pancakes look great. I never use whole wheat flour but my husband really prefers it to white, so maybe I should start. This would be a great breakfast to make for him! Love the addition of apple. Yummy.

  4. Oooo these are my kind of pancakes! I love that there are apples actually in the pancake batter and that nutty topping??? It sounds delicious! We may need to have a special weekend breakfast again soon!

  5. easyfoodsmith

    My first visit at your blog space and I loved what greeted me…whole wheat apple pancakes!! Your healthy take on the pancakes topped with nuts is a nice twist. It sure adds a nice texture besides taste to this delicious pancake recipe. Lovely post 🙂

  6. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    These look awesome! And that topping is calling my name… I thinking about adding it to my morning toast, and I’m pretty serious here hahaha.
    I have to try these on the weekend. I love the apple addition and wow, they are so healthy. I love them!
    I hope you’ve had a nice weekend c:

  7. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    I love pancakes. Love the idea of adding apples here. This sounds like my kind of breakfast. Great recipe Christin!

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