applesauce pancakes

Happy Saturday everybody!  I hope you’re all enjoying a relaxing weekend recovering after all the holiday festivities.  We got all of our Christmas decorations put away and did chores around the house this afternoon, I’m finally feeling like life is returning to normal.  I like having a routine!  🙂

This morning I woke up craving one of my favorite breakfasts, Applesauce Pancakes.  They are a much healthier version of the traditional pancake, but they take a little more effort to make so they seldom make an appearance on our table.  Not that they are difficult, just more difficult than opening up a box of Dr. Oetker’s Organic Pancake Mix and adding egg and milk…

Breakfast:  3 Applesauce Pancakes topped with 1-1/2 clementines and cranberry ketchup and 1/2 a pink lady apple (I found them at Whole Foods!)



Here’s the recipe…the original came out of a cookbook from the hubb’s nana, but I’ve modified it so much over the last few years that I think I can call this one mine now.

Applesauce Pancakes

makes about 1 dozen “silver dollar” pancakes


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp turbinado sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp orange zest, grated
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 egg whites


  1. Sift together dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  2. Blend applesauce, orange zest, vanilla and egg yolks in separate bowl, then add to dry mix.
  3. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry, then fold into batter.
  4. Ladle batter onto a lightly oiled hot griddle, to desired pancake size.
  5. Cook until small bubbles form throughout, then turn to brown the other side.


"stiff" egg whites going into batter

"stiff" egg whites going into batter

Breakfast was really late today because the hubb and I slept in.  🙂  This afternoon we went for our 4-mile training run…it was AWESOME!!!  I was so worried because our running has been so sporadic with prepping for the holidays then being out of town for a week…we’d really gotten off of our training schedule.  I mapped out a 4-mile loop for us that took us through our neighborhood, past the university, down Main Street and back to our house so it was nice and interesting for most of the way. Oh how I missed the variety of my familiar C’ville runs!!!  And, I am SO PROUD of my hubb!  He set a Personal Distance Record for himself today!!!  Yay Hubb!!!  🙂

Tonight we are going over to some friends’ house for an early dinner, and since my breakfast was so late I decided on a light lunch after my run.

Lunch:  Salad with romaine, spinach, red bell pepp, broccoli, roasted garlic hummus, 1/2 tsp of grapeseed oil and 1 tsp balsamic vinegar.


And a Clif chocolate chip ZBar…cause I felt like a little “dessert”.  🙂


Alrighty bloggies, I’m off for some good food and good company.  I hope you all have a fantastic evening!  🙂


15 responses to “applesauce pancakes

  1. Funny you should post that– I’ve been thinking about making pancakes lately! Those look wonderful.

    Quick question– what do you do to warm up/cool down before and after you run? I’m a runner as well, but my mother is concerned that I’m ruining my knees/hips/etc because I don’t stretch properly.

  2. Looks so good. Nice job on the training run.

  3. Yummy pancakes! Have fun with your friends!

  4. Yum! Applesauce pancakes sound delicious. Have a fun night!


    Have fun tonight!!

  6. livelaughlyss

    i know i’ve said this before, but your pictures are fantaaaaaaaastic! i can’t come to your blog when i’m hungry, because your food makes me drool!

  7. Great pancakes!!! The colors of all the toppings are gorgeous.

    Lovely salad too.

  8. those are pretty pancakes :] have an uber fun evening!

  9. mmmmmm, those pancakes look so good I could lick the screen!

  10. Your pancakes look really good, I’ve never thought of putting applesauce in them!

  11. Great job on the run! Tacking on those miles gets addicting!

  12. Oh my, these look fantabulous!

  13. Thanks for the great comments everybody!

    Squill – I walk for 1/4 of a mile to warm-up before starting my run. I then make sure that I’m starting off nice and slow for my first 1/2 mile of running. To cool down, I usually walk about 1/4 of a mile again and then do 10-15 minutes of stretches. I start with my feet and move up my body to my shoulders. I’ve seen that Heather at does 20 minute previews which I think is also a great idea. Good luck!

  14. FUN! I made pancakes yesterday as well.. I added brown sugar and cinnamon to mine.. the next time I make them I will have to make from scratch and add applesauce! what a fun (and healthy) idea!

  15. i’m not very good about commenting so when i do it’s because i’m REALLY excited about something– those pancakes are GORGEOUS!!!!!!

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