Apple Butter Pancakes

November 11, 2013

I am T minus 5 days from my Florida/Caribbean cruise vacation, and let me tell you I need it.  In addition to the broken garage door fiasco from the other week, I also have crazy water damage in my bathroom.  I’ve mostly been taking that as a cue to not shower for as long as possible on the weekends and lounge around in my pajamas, eating pancakes.

Apple Butter Pancakes

Pancakes are one of my ultimate favorite foods.  Oh, you like pancakes too? Here, go look at all these other delightful pancakes.  I’m definitely a feelings eater, and you’re sure to find a pancake recipe here feeling-eating-worthy.  These apple butter pancakes will fix whatever fall-time woes are ailing you.

Apple Butter Pancakes

This is the first pancake recipe I’ve made in a LONG time that doesn’t have chia seeds.  There’s a thick, fluffy delightful quality that chia seeds bring to the table, but here I went with flax.  A very slightly nutty flavor and a thinner pancake (mostly so I can eat more) was the result, and it’s perfection.  If eating apple butter straight from the jar or slathering it on a grilled cheese hasn’t convinced you to make or pick up a million jars yet, surely this will!

Apple Butter Pancakes
Serves: 4

  • ½ c unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • ½ c apple cider (see note)
  • ¾ c apple butter (see note)
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 c white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

  1. Preheat a griddle to 300ºF or a nonstick pan to medium/low heat – spritz with nonstick spray just before using.
  2. Mix the milk and apple cider and allow to sit for about 5 minutes to sour like buttermilk.
  3. Add in the apple butter and flax meal. Let rest for another 5 minutes for the flax to gel slightly.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour by quarter cups on to the griddle. Flip when the bottom is browned and bubbles appear on the wet surface of the pancake. Cook the other side for approximately 2 – 3 minutes, until cooked through.
  6. Serve with syrup, peanut butter, or more apple butter!

If you don’t have apple cider, you can use apple juice seasoned with a few dashes of cinnamon and a light dash each of clove and nutmeg.
Don’t be tempted to swap out the apple butter for applesauce. Apple butter is much thicker than apple sauce, so using applesauce would result in a more watery batter.
Serving Size: 2 pancakes

Nutrition Information
Calories: 220 Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 5g Protein: 5g


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    Lindsay Jan 22, 2014

    How do you make apple butter? And if you can’t get it or make it, then would there be a conversion that could be used with applesauce?

      Kelly Jan 22, 2014

      Hi Lindsay, there’s a link right in the ingredient list for a recipe I have for apple butter — this recipe makes a LOT, but it can be canned or frozen. (If you aren’t familiar with apple butter, it’s more like an apple jam that apple sauce, it’s sooo good on toast). In the notes you’ll see that I don’t advise using applesauce in place of apple butter, as apple sauce is very liquidy. It looks like you’re in Canada, but here in the US, apple butter is plentiful at all grocery stores in the fall. I can usually still find it year round in with the jams/jellys of larger stores and some organic markets. Hope that helps.

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    makingthymeforhealth Nov 12, 2013

    Ugh, these look amazing Kelly. I would love to face plant into them.

    I hope things calm down around the house and that you have an amazing time in Florida! Sounds like it will be a nice trip for you.

    rebacox Nov 12, 2013

    Maybe this is what I can do with the half used bag of apple sitting on my counter!

      Kelly Nov 12, 2013

      apple butter is always the answer!

    Abbie Nov 12, 2013

    These pancakes are perfect. End of story.
    Pinning! 🙂

      Kelly Nov 12, 2013

      Thanks, Abbie!

    Aimee @ ShugarySweets Nov 12, 2013

    My kids LOVE pancakes and I’m always finding new recipes to try on them. This one will be next up! YUM.

    Erin @ The Speckled Palate Nov 11, 2013

    My goodness, girl! I’m glad you’re gonna be able to get away and kick back and relax after all the things that have gone awry recently. And these pancakes look divine… so they might be added to my Saturday morning rotation. (Because, you know, I have a Saturday morning rotation of pancake recipes. Gah.)

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Nov 11, 2013

    These sound SO delicious!! I totally want to make these with pumpkin butter, too!

      Kelly Nov 11, 2013

      Oooh! I haven’t tried that — I think I have to!

    Marcie@flavorthemoments Nov 11, 2013

    Apple butter pancakes? What a concept!! Yes, I do love pancakes too, and I think apple flavored ones sound phenomenal. Have a fabulous vacation!

    Em @ Love A Latte Nov 11, 2013

    Oh that vacation sounds amazingggg!!!! And I’m obsessed with your Chia Seed Pancakes so I know I’ll love these. Had chocolate chip chia seed pancakes (with a side of collards haha) for dinner on Saturday 🙂

      Kelly Nov 11, 2013

      Chocolate chip pancakes and collars sound like a pretty unique and tasty dinner!

      Kelly Nov 11, 2013

      Thanks, Christine.