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When I saw this recipe for apple cinnamon pancakes in one of the earlier posts on Smitten Kitchen, I immediately knew that I will be including them into my weekend breakfast recipe repertoire. Regular plain pancakes always seem, well, too plain. Pancakes filled with shredded apples? That’s my kind of pancake – not too plain! Not to forget about added spices: vanilla and cinnamon. And, for a touch of a wonderful sour taste, these pancakes are made using Greek yogurt instead of milk.

Apple cinnamon pancakes

I’ve made several changes to the recipe. Deb used milk, and I’m using Greek yogurt because I love the slightly sour taste that pancakes acquire from Greek yogurt. Also, after reading comments on Smitten Kitchen, quite a few readers talked how the pancakes came out too thick, too dense, almost cake-like. I didn’t want this kind of density in my pancakes, and realizing that Greek yogurt is quite thick, I adjusted the recipe by adding 1/2 cup half-and-half (I used half-and-half instead of milk, so that I get the slight buttery taste in my pancakes, too).

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I added cinnamon and vanilla to the batter because the comments and Deb herself said that her pancakes tasted somewhat bland and needed some flavor addition. In comments, people were suggesting to add all sorts of interesting things to the batter: from bacon to calvados liquor. I did not venture that far: in my version of this recipe, my added flavorings were Greek yogurt (adding a nice sour touch), cinnamon, and vanilla. Grated apple inside the pancake perfectly complemented all three of them.

I also halved the recipe, using only 1 cup of flour instead of 2 and using only 1 apple instead of 3. The recipe on Deb’s site makes a huge amount of pancakes. My recipe made 12 good size pancakes. If you need more, just double the recipe.

Also, my suggestion with these pancakes is to eat them the same day you make them as they are the best the first day. They might get a bit soggy the next day because of all the shredded apples inside.

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Apple cinnamon pancakes

Prep time: 40 min

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Makes 12 pancakes


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple Fuji

1. Add egg, Greek yogurt and half-and-half together into a large bowl. Mix until you reach even consistency.

2. To the same bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla. Whisk until well combined and creamy.

3. Peel and core an apple. Using grater or food processor, grate peeled and cored apple into thin shreds. Add shredded apples to the batter and mix together.

4. Heat a skillet suitable for pancakes over medium heat. Spray it with oil. Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop 1/4 cupfuls of pancake batter into the pan and cook until pancakes turn golden brown underneath and the upper side puffs up and dries around edges. Flip the pancakes to the other side and cook them for an additional two or three minutes on the other side.

5. To serve, dust with powdered sugar and serve with real maple syrup.

Making apple cinnamon pancakes

Making apple cinnamon pancakes

Making apple cinnamon pancakes

Making apple cinnamon pancakes

Apple cinnamon pancakes



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  • Jacqueline March 9, 2013, 1:23 am

    I feel the same about plain pancakes, but adding apple & using yoghurt, well that is just genius!

  • Yummy, Julia! They look so fluffy and delicious…

  • Monique March 9, 2013, 7:17 am

    They turned out perfectly gorgeous Julia..Why do I look at your posts in the middle of my dull Fiber First and yogurt?

    I must try these.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Julia March 9, 2013, 9:37 am

      Ha-ha! Thank you! You have a great weekend, too!

  • Laura Dembowski March 9, 2013, 9:41 am

    I have been on a serious pancake kick! These look incredible! I think pretty much all pancakes need some cinnamon and vanilla or they taste blah.

    • Jen March 21, 2017, 5:33 pm

      Agreed! Cinnamon and vanilla are a staple in my pancakes or waffles!

  • Tash March 9, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Ahhh, apple, cinnamon, yogurt and pancakes – four of my favourite foodstuffs! They look utterly delicious. Why, oh why, hasn’t anyone come up with a calorie-free version of these?!

  • Barb March 9, 2013, 7:00 pm

    These look so yummy! I enjoyed reading about your process and all the photos are stunning!

  • Mallika March 9, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Wow! Lovely photography… looks delicious and tempting…

  • Gina March 9, 2013, 7:49 pm

    I never stock reg yogurt anymore because I like the greek so much. I have a hard time sometimes getting enough of the apple flavor out. It’s kind of more work, but maybe turning the apples into an apple butter and then adding it back into them would produce more flavor, or just dump some cooked apples on top. Nah, I think I like the way you did them better. Hope you are having a good weekend.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 9, 2013, 10:31 pm

    I’m a pancake lover from way back but I’ve never made them with apple and now I want to spank myself because these look so good!

  • Marina of Let the Baking Begin! March 9, 2013, 11:02 pm

    Oh I love this idea, how did I not think of this?)))

  • Jill March 9, 2013, 11:18 pm

    One word..YUM! Must try. Adore all pancakes! Pictures are gorgeous as usual!

  • [email protected] March 10, 2013, 7:56 am

    What a great recipe Julia! And I’ve been looking for more ways to incorporate greek yogurt into my cooking. Weekends just aren’t complete without pancakes.

  • [email protected]'s Recipes March 10, 2013, 8:40 am

    wow these pancakes look too good to be real. Mouthwatering clicks!!

  • Nisrine March 10, 2013, 9:01 am

    The pancakes look delightful. I will have to make them soon.

  • Liz March 10, 2013, 9:17 am

    Now this is one delicious breakfast idea! I adore apples in all my baked good, but I’ve never added them to pancakes. Fantastic idea (and your photos are beautiful!).

  • [email protected] March 10, 2013, 11:25 am

    I’ve never added apple to pancakes, but I really like the idea. Loads of extra flavor, plus a bit of added nutrition – that’s a win in my book! Really fun post – thanks so much.

  • CCU March 10, 2013, 12:30 pm

    Your recipes and blog is utterly fabulous my friend, I am drooling 😀


  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets March 11, 2013, 4:33 am

    These sound amazing. Just pinned them for Saturday morning pancakes!!!

  • Rosa March 11, 2013, 4:35 am

    What lovely panckes! They must taste heavenly.



  • [email protected] March 11, 2013, 1:14 pm

    The pancakes look absolutely delicious!

  • Ashley March 11, 2013, 1:20 pm

    These look delicious! Greek yogurt is one of my very favorites – I really need to try using it in pancakes. And the apples and cinnamon. I tend to forget how much I love that combination when it’s not Fall … but that’s such a shame!

  • My Italian Smörgåsbord March 12, 2013, 3:40 am

    lovely recipe and great pictures as usual. ciao! Barbara

  • Yelena March 12, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Last night I was craving pancakes, so I made them 9:00 pm-)) Yours looks just scrumptious -) Adding an apple was a very good idea!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies March 13, 2013, 7:53 am

    My pancakes never look so perfect. 😉 I love the idea of adding apple to them!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 15, 2013, 1:52 pm

    Apples in pancakes?! Sign me up! I love apples in muffins too!

  • Chetna March 15, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Tried this today morning and it was a superhit! Thank you so much!!!

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade March 18, 2013, 3:37 am

    I love that first shot of the maple syrup pouring on the pancakes! Apple and cinnamon is such a perfect combination – especially in pancakes 🙂

  • Kathy E. October 16, 2013, 12:24 pm

    I made these this morning for a special treat. I subbed skim milk for the half & half with no problem. Next time, I’ll cut back on the sugar by half as they seemed a bit too sweet for my tastes. Otherwise, I loved them! Thanks for sharing!

    • Julia October 17, 2013, 6:35 pm

      Yes, these could get too sweet for me too, especially with Fuji apples – those apples are so sweet, you don’t really need any extra sugar! 🙂

  • Gabi November 9, 2013, 5:49 pm

    Made these for breakfast this morning for my family, so good! I subbed out half the sugar for honey and used whole wheat pastry flour instead. These are delicious and so easy!

    • Julia November 12, 2013, 2:18 am

      Gabi, it is my dream to make these with whole wheat flour! Glad to hear that using honey + wheat flour turned out well! I need to try making it your way too. 🙂

  • Siena November 16, 2013, 4:14 pm

    These were amazing! I am gluten free, and so I used oat flour with a pinch of xanthan gum, and it gave it a great nutty flavor that I don’t think would have been there without the oat flour. Was sooo delicious:) thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • Julia November 22, 2013, 6:23 pm

      Siena, glad you liked these! And thanks for the idea of how to make them gluten-free – I need to try making these pancakes with oat flour!

      • Maria September 16, 2015, 6:42 pm

        Hi Julia
        Oat flour is not gluten free!! Oats still have gluten in them.

        • TJ August 23, 2016, 11:27 pm

          Just to clarify, oats do not have gluten in them, but are usually processed on machinery contaminated by gluten, used for making other things. (See https://draxe.com/are-oats-gluten-free/ for details.) So, if you have Celiacs, make sure you buy oats or oat flour that is clearly labeled as Gluten Free, as this will have been processed on machinery dedicated for this purpose. But, if you have a gluten intolerance you may be okay with a little cross contamination. You can make that call.

  • RoX January 11, 2014, 8:06 pm

    Hi Julia, I bought some soy flour and tried baking muffins. Turned out a complete mess! Is there a way to use it for the pancakes or will mess them out too?

    • Julia January 13, 2014, 3:01 pm

      I’ve never used soy flour and have no idea how it is different from the regular flour. But – I did a little research and it says everywhere that you should use 3/4 cup of soy flour for each 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Soy flour, therefore, is dryer and absorbs liquid ingredients quicker. It’s similar that way to whole wheat flour – I just posted a recipe for whole wheat flour muffins with lots of detail on how to measure flour properly and with the correct proportions. You might want to read that recipe of mine for tips that could be applicable to soy flour: http://juliasalbum.com/2014/01/banana-bread-muffins-recipe/

  • Helen February 16, 2014, 6:54 am

    Don’t get half and half here so put a mix of cream and milk but the mix was a bit thick so needed to add an extra tablespoon of milk. Good flavour. Will make them again.

    • Julia February 17, 2014, 2:54 pm

      Hi Helen, thanks for stopping by – so glad you liked these pancakes! 🙂

  • Beth April 19, 2014, 9:01 am

    These seemed too have not enough flour or leavening for my preference. They were dense & very moist, almost like French toast. Maybe I just like traditional buttermilk (light, fluffy) pancakes to prefer a recipe with fruit in it…but if you’re looking for a fluffy IHOP-like pancake, this is not the recipe you want.

  • Amrita December 4, 2014, 11:43 pm

    I made this for my 3 year old daughter and she loved the pancakes!! A great way to start the day and to get kids to eat fruits 😉 Thank you

  • Saskia January 2, 2015, 5:05 am

    I made these yesterday and they were so jummy. I used buttermilk instead of yoghurt. Will make them again:)

  • PJ March 3, 2015, 9:44 pm

    Made these today and thought they tasted very good but the consistency was gummy, which I didn’t like.

  • Jen August 7, 2015, 4:39 pm

    I was expecting a dense heavy pancake, but these were just plain gummy. I threw most of the batch away!

  • Maruja Garcia October 21, 2015, 4:38 pm

    please what do you mean when you mention “half and a half”

  • Cynthia November 7, 2015, 7:11 pm

    Yum! I didn’t have yogourt, so I used buttermilk. I’ve been addicted to banana pancakes so this was a really nice change. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  • Katie November 9, 2015, 4:35 pm

    Hello! Would you mind if I used this recipe for one of the articles in my school newspaper on healthy fall treats, if I credited you and your website of course?

  • Deva November 15, 2015, 1:23 am

    Thanks for recipe. But what is “half-and-half” in Spanish? Salutations

  • Amanda April 16, 2016, 12:21 pm

    They were good, my kids didnt complain.
    I found the pancake to be a little more of a wet pancake. I did use homo milk and just pain 2% yogourt becasue that was what I had. Do you think this is why my pancakes had a more wet cook consistency?

  • Eden Passante May 7, 2016, 7:41 pm

    What a great idea for breakfast! These sound so good and kid friendly!!

  • sungrownkitchen.com July 4, 2016, 10:22 am

    My toddler loved helping make and eat these, thanks!

    • Julia July 5, 2016, 8:12 pm

      These ARE fun pancakes for kids! 🙂

  • Jacqui July 29, 2016, 6:56 pm

    Can I just say, these pancakes are SUPER delicious! I’ve made these at least 10 times now, following the recipe exactly and they do NOT fail to please. I love that their so healthy as well (only 2 tablespoons of sugar?!?!!! :), as I’ve been looking for a healthy pancake recipe for ages that still tastes amazing, and thank God I found yours!! I absolutely love these, thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  • Eden Passante October 5, 2016, 11:13 pm

    These look so good! Love this idea for a fun fall breakfast!

  • emily October 29, 2016, 12:09 pm

    These pancakes didnt work for me at all!!!!

  • Tanya Richardson March 12, 2017, 11:31 pm

    Wonder if I could use applesauce in these?

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