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Applesauce pancakes (recipe)

By The Health News Team | March 7, 2017
Applesauce pancakes (recipe)

Love warm and fluffy pancakes, but worried they will leave you with a morning belly bomb? These light and sweet pancakes use applesauce and toasted wheat germ to provide sweetness and texture with a lower calorie count.

Applesauce Pancakes

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Applesauce pancakes (recipe)


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or whole-wheat flour)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ

  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • Cooking spray

  • Sugar-free maple syrup (optional)

  • Fresh fruit slices (optional)



Step 1

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and toasted wheat germ in a medium bowl; make a hole in the center of the mixture. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, applesauce, vegetable oil and egg. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients, and stir until the batter is smooth.


Step 2

Heat a nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle, spreading to a 5-inch circle. Cook pancakes until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked; flip pancakes to cook other side.


Step 3

Serve with a tablespoon of maple sugar or as much fresh fruit as you like.

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