Whole Wheat Applesauce Pancakes!

Last week, I watched “Food Revolution” by Jaime Oliver on Netflix.  For once, I didn’t feel totally guilt tripped out.  In fact, I feel pretty good about what I feed my kids versus the “average” American.  We eat out maybe once a month.  I cook from scratch nearly every day and since we can’t afford processed foods, we rarely eat them.  His documentary was a TED talk about what the typical child in America eats.  Lots of sugar, fats and not enough (if any) fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Well compared to the kids he was talking about on the show, my family is doing pretty well.  Compared to several families I know in my own county (Santa Barbara) , I am practically killing off my kids with lethal amounts of sugar and non-organic foods.  But whatever.  One day at a time.

I do think that whole grains and natural sugars are best.  So I’m continuing to readjust my cooking and baking to work with that as a goal.  Here is an awesome pancake recipe that my kids and husband adored!  We had NO leftovers even after I tripled the recipe.  I found it here: http://www.food.com/recipe/whole-wheat-buttermilk-applesauce-pancakes-491528

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Original recipe serves 4-5.  My 6 kids and husband finished up nearly an entire triple batch though.

1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup applesauce
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


  1. Preheat griddle on medium heat. Mix dry ingredients, in a separate bowl mix wet ingredients. Mix all ingredients together, drop by 1/4 cup full on grill, and flip when bubbles start to appear, cook to light golden brown.
  2. note: if overcooked wheat flour will turn bitter.
  3. Top with fresh fruit and a dob of whipped cream.  (We serve all of our pancake/waffle/French toast recipes with a choice of cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or maple syrup.)


Have a happy day!

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