Healthy. Yes, me. I know, hard to believe! I stumbled across this recipe a couple of years ago when I was looking for a healthier, non-dairy way to make pancakes for Aidan that would get him some better nutrition. When I found the recipe on this New York apples website I thought, well, we'll give it a try.
I really didn't know how they would turn out the first time I tried them. Though they are a bit more of a crumbly pancake once they have syrup on them, they are delicious. We all love them and Aidan especially does, whether I make them into waffles or pancakes - and a big hallelujah for anything that Aidan will eat that is remotely good for him.
These pancakes which include such ingredients as apple, oats, yogurt, milk, egg, wheat flour and cinnamon, have great staying power too, unlike a lot of pancakes that leave you hungry before lunch.
I've linked to the original recipe here because they have a lot of other good apple recipes on this website. I've given you my version below, which only differs in the addition of the cinnamon (I don't think the apple folks would object, after all apples and cinnamon go together like, well, apples and cinnamon, right?). Also, because of Aidan's dairy allergy I haven't ever actually made this recipe without vanilla soymilk and vanilla soy yogurt. Oh, and I also really like that this recipe doesn't have any salt added to it.
I thought that this would actually qualify as a vegetarian breakfast, though obviously not vegan. Either way, we love it and since we have much love and respect for our vegetarian/vegan friends, freely and openly admit we would die of starvation (why am I speaking in the royal "we" voice? I have no idea. Just humor me.). I know I could never live on veggies alone (mainly because, I really don't like too many veggies - I am trying to change this). So, I thought I would enter this into the Weekend Breakfast Blogging event being hosted this month by Tasty Palettes - this month the theme was for healthy breakfast eats. I hope that you will all agree, that this fits the bill.
Apple Oat Pancakes
1 large apple, cored, peeled and grated (I use Gala, because it is what we usually have on hand)
1 cup quick oats (yes, they have to be the quick 1-minute oats)
1 cup soy milk (we use vanilla, again, it is what we have on hand)
1 cup vanilla soy yogurt
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (I just like it because it is a little softer)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
Combine the grated apple, oats, milk, and yogurt in a large mixing bowl.
Stir well to combine. Let sit and mingle for 15 minutes (don't skip this step, if you do the oats won't cook right - use the time to let your griddle heat up).
In another bowl combine the wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine well.
Add the eggs to the apple oat mixture and mix to combine well.
Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet and stir to combine well. Add the oil and stir that in well.
Ladle the batter onto a hot, light oiled griddle (unless non-stick) and cook til browned on the first side (about 1 1/2 minutes at 350 degree F). Cook on the other side. Serve hot with your choice of butter or, if you are like the boys at my house, your favorite peanut butter, and some maple syrup.