Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

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Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

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.

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

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

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.

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping


Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 6
Calories: 400kcal
A healthy apple pancakes recipe with a fabulous topping full of nuts and seeds.
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  • 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

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

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12 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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:

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