Apple Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes

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My kids’ favorite breakfasts are pop tarts and pancakes.  Not exactly the best nutrition to start the day.  I’ve been making my own homemade panckes for about a year, and though that is cheaper and more nutritious than any processed frozen breakfast, I wanted to see if I could make it a little healthier.

Last week I bought some green apples on sale for $0.99/lb, so I decided to see if I could shred some into my pancakes undetected.  I also thought some cinnamon might be a good addition, and some vanilla wouldn’t hurt either.

The results:  the kids couldn’t tell the difference (I didn’t tell them), but I could, especially with the cinnamon and vanilla, the pancakes had such a sweet and deep flavor.  Next time I may try to add some more apple since I didn’t taste that at all.  But at least the kids got some apple in them even though they didn’t know it! 🙂

I took my Homemade Pancake Recipe and doubled it.  (Click here to see it.) I peeled a green apple and grated it into the dry ingredients, mixing a bit.  Then I added about a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.  Once the wet and dry ingredients were mixed, I added about a 1/2 tsp. of vanilla.

For this recipe I used white whole wheat flour, and I couldn’t tell a difference at all like I can sometimes with baked goods. So this is another good recipe I can make healthier by using white whole wheat flour.

This is a perfect recipe for busy moms, especially working moms.  I always make a double batch now and freeze the pancakes between parchment paper (wax paper doesn’t work, trust me).  Then on busy mornings, I just pop the frozen pancakes in the toaster.  When I was working, I’d make the batch on a weekend and have plenty of pancakes for the rest of the week or even more.

 

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