Apple Cinnamon Cider Pancakes

28 Oct

My husband and I got married 4 years ago in one of California’s wine regions and as this month was our anniversary, we wanted to get out of town.  Because we’ve hit the wineries many times over the course of our 10 year stint in CA, we thought we’d be consistent in the theme with orchards….same idea, different fruit.

So we headed out to Oak Glen, CA for the day to get a glimpse of Fall and have a little fun picking some apples.   The process was simple in the orchards – grab an apple picker, a bucket, and fill it up.  When you’ve picked until your heart is content, you can either leave with your apples in tact or press them for fresh cider – a perfect inspiration for Apple Cinnamon Cider Pancakes.

{Gina’s Take}

When I first came across this recipe, I loved the fact that they used Greek yogurt to maintain a nice, moist, flapjack without the butter.  Although I consider pancakes to be a little light on nutritional goodness, this recipe was off to a good start with protein packed Greek yogurt.  To enhance, I added flax meal (which I add to almost anything I’m using flour in) and cinnamon.

Now don’t worry – if you aren’t skipping through the apple orchards this weekend, they sell plenty of unsweetened, unfiltered, plain old apple cider at the grocery store.  It’s the cloudy version sitting next to the “regular” apple juice.  All the other items are pretty standard pantry fillers.

You will need 3 bowls to tackle this recipe:  1 for dry ingredients, 1 for wet ingredients, and 1 for the egg white whipping, and you want to keep them separate until it’s ‘go’ time to avoid flat, tough pancakes.  The whipped whites give these an amazing lift, so fold carefully!

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, the original blog {link below} also had a recipe for cider syrup, but I found it to be a bit too much – old fashioned maple syrup for me, and an added layer of peanut butter, served with my husbands {I’m still getting used to that}.

 {Pretty Little Tip}

Like spiced cider?  Or for a grown-up only breakfast, spiked cider?  Go for it.  Just omit the cinnamon and swap the plain cider for the spiced or spiked!

Or, if you’ve found yourself with ample leftovers, allow them to cool completely on a wire rack, then tear pieces of parchment paper to separate them, and freeze in a ziplock bag.  To reheat, either warm on the stove top or just pop ’em in the toaster oven.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp flax meal
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 containers (5.3oz each) Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup plain apple cider (unsweetened, unfiltered)
  • 2 eggs, separated


  1. In the first bowl, whip the egg whites with a blender until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In the second bowl, whisk together the remaining wet ingredients: Greek yogurt, cider, and egg yolks. Set aside.
  3. In a third bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: Flour, flax, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed.
  5. Finally, gently fold the egg whites into the mix until no egg white streaks remain.
  6. Over a heated, non-stick griddle or crepe pan (if not using non-stick, butter or use a cooking spray on the pan), spoon the pancake mix on to the pan and allow to cook over medium to medium high heat for about 2 minutes then flip and cook the second side. Keep a close eye on the pancakes so they don't burn. You'll know when to flip when the edges start to look a little "done."
  7. Serve with your fave syrup and enjoy!

Original recipe adapted from the Taste & Tell Blog

4 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Cider Pancakes”

  1. Thalia @ butter and brioche October 29, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Love the idea of using apple cider in the batter. I have never tried adding it before and definitely am inspired to now! These apple and cinnamon pancakes look delicious!

  2. Kyla @ Two Cups Cacao October 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Just made these beauties and they’re just as delicious as they look. It made 30 pancakes, so I had to freeze some. I will definitely be making these over and over again; maybe I’ll even add in little chunks of apple next time!

    • Pretty Little Dishes November 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      love that – i was thinking the same thing – maybe apple greek yogurt??

  3. Amrita November 7, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Made this yesterday morning replacing the yoghurt with soy yoghurt and the eggs with more flax, turned out great! Such a delight! My kitties were fighting me for them too. Thanks for the recipe 🙂


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