I voted, and it’s apple season now. And pumpkin season. And pancake season. Basically, it’s the most wonderful time of the year (obviously tied with pumpkin spice latte season. Obviously.)
I’ve never understood why people restrict pumpkin to fall. Even in the fall, I normally use it out of a can (and I imagine that’s true for >80% of the population) so why wait? I eat an apple with lunch almost every day, too. These flavors are too tasty to limit and I kind of get angry when other people get angry about posting pumpkin or apple recipes “too early”. I’ll eat pumpkin today, on Thanksgiving, on Easter, on the 4th of July… it’s just too good to pass on.
What’s even better? Pumpkin + apple together. Especially when one of those is basically pie, thinly veiled as fruit. The pancakes are SUPER packed with pumpkin, too. So much that they’re even velvety on the inside, sort of like French toast. Perfect all year round 😉
In a saucepan over medium heat, add the apples, 1 tsp cinnamon, a couple of dashes of nutmeg, the apple sauce, and 4 tbsp agave. Cover and cook until the apples are soft, stirring to prevent burning. Meanwhile, being to prepare the pancakes.
Heat a griddle to approximately 300 degrees F.
Combine the pumpkin, vanilla, maple syrup, milk, ½ tsp of cinnamon, and a couple of dashes each of allspice and ginger. Add the baking powder, salt, and flour and stir until just combined.
Spritz the griddle with nonstick spray. Scoop ¼ c of batter onto the griddle and pat down with a spoon (or the back of the measuring cup) until the griddle is full. These won’t spread very much on their own because the batter is fairly thick.
Cook for 4 minutes, flip, and cook the other side for an additional 4 minutes.
Repeat until all batter is used, makes about 12 pancakes.
While the pancakes cook, keep an eye on the apples. If they get too thick you can thin with additional agave (if you think they need more sweetener), more unsweetened apple sauce, or a little bit of water.
Serve the pancakes topped with the apples.
Serving size: 3 pancakes + ¼ of the apples Calories: 400 Carbohydrates: 95 Fiber: 15 Protein: 7