These pancakes are a fun spin off of the traditional “German Puff” pancakes that I had growing up. The thinly sliced apples and cinnamon give it a nostalgic fall flavor and smell! We often make these pancakes for “special occasions” like birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s day, or when we have family in town.
I like to split white whole wheat flour/white flour 50/50 to add in some whole grains. I also add ground flaxseed which gives a nutrient boost without affecting the flavor/texture.
Top it with a small drizzle of maple syrup, a dallop of whipped topping/cream, or if you’re like me, yogurt and banana slices (don’t ask me why but it’s my favorite!)
Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon German Oven Pancakes
- 6 large eggs
- 1.5 cups reduced fat milk (I use 1% or 2% but you can also you whole or skim too)
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup white flour
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1-2 medium apples, peeled, and thinly sliced
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp light butter (or 3 tbsp regular butter)
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven. Once preheated, put butter in a 9×13 pan and place in oven just until melted. Try and move the pan around so that the bottom of the 9×13 pan is lined with butter. Remove from oven and place thinly sliced apples in a single layer in the bottom of the 9×13 pan. Put back in oven for about 5 minutes to baked the apples a little bit (butter should not be brown). While that is baking, do step 2 below.
- Add liquid ingredients into a blender (milk & vanilla). Next add eggs, both flours, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and ground flax seed to blender. Blend until well mixed.
- Take baked apples out of oven. Pour liquid mixture over apples in the 9×13 pan. Top with brown sugar. Return to oven and cook for ~20 minutes, or until pancakes are set. (Note: these pancakes don't "puff" up on the sides as much as traditional German Oven Pancakes). Top with a spoonful of maple syrup, a dallop of canned whipped topping, or if you are like me, yogurt and bananas!
- NOTE: If you are worried about the pancakes sticking to the pan, lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray to help keep pancakes from sticking.