Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes with Nutty Topping

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
 
A healthy apple pancakes recipe with a fabulous topping full of nuts and seeds.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 medium apple (Such as Golden Delicious), cored and diced (about 2 cups)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup low-fat (1%) buttermilk
  • ¾ cup skim milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • maple syrup for serving
Nutty Topping
  • ¼ cup hulled (green) pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup toasted wheat germ
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place diced apple in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on HIGH for 60-90 seconds to soften.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, eggs, and honey.
  4. Add wet ingredients into dry, stirring just until combined.
  5. Heat a large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat.
  6. Spoon ¼ 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.
  7. Flip pancakes when they are covered with bubbles and cooked around the edges.
  8. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until pancakes are cooked through.
  9. To make Nutty Topping, toast pumpkin seeds and almonds in a skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  10. Add sunflower seeds and cook 1 more minute.
  11. Add sesame seeds and cook, stirring continuously until seeds are toasted.
  12. Place mixture in a medium bowl, add wheat germ, and stir in maple syrup and salt.
  13. Serve with pancakes.
Notes
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 ⅙ of the recipe.
Nutty Topping will keep for a week in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 400 Fat: 11 g Fiber: 5 g Protein: 15 g

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