Cheddar Apple Pancake Sandwich

This recipe is from Julia of Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body. I love Julia. She is funny, talented and so sweet. You’ll laugh and cry reading her blog. I promise. Well, if you’re pregnant you’ll cry because you cry over anything. But in all honesty, she has some really touching and heartwarming posts that are worth a read. 

To get a feel for Julia’s content, check out these posts: French Onion Dip, Homemade Spaghetti-Os, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, and her Bedazzled Funfetti Celebration Cake (that’s one of the posts that made me cry.) Those posts also represent what I am currently craving as I type this post. Weird how that works out. If you’re interested in making your own baby food, Julia also wrote a post on the basics–very helpful!

Moving on, I love, love, love this pancake recipe! It is so creative and the flavors are just perfect.


I don’t know when Rachel and I officially ‘met’ but I think it was sometime within the last 3 years on twitter. I’m sure I saw her talking to someone else, I butted in, and well, she tolerated me. She’s so sweet. But no really, she is. But you know that because you’re here reading HER blog.

Since we both have daughters under 2, we both have the same daily challenge of creating meals that are healthy, and that the kid will actually like enough to eat. Funny thing about kids, they won’t eat what they don’t like. What age can you pull the whole, “there’s starving kids in ____, so you better finish those peas and brussels sprouts!?” Until then… I’ll keep trying to stuff peas into elbow noodles and hope she won’t notice (I have a picky child… Lord help me.)

Anyway, pancakes have been a great food for me to make for my daughter. They’re easy and I can cram them with fruit or veggies to add some nutrition to her diet. I’ve never used the stuff from a box because I knew there had to be a way to make something similar. It needed to be easy, economical, and something I can just add liquid too when I’m ready to whip up a batch. After some research and trial and error, I found my baking mix! I used it in pancakes and biscuits, and they both turned out awesome! The same mix but with 2 different carby, buttery results. I’d call that a win win.

Even though I’ve been saying how I make pancakes for my kid, I made these for me. Sometimes there’s nothin’ tastier than a grilled cheese sandwich! But what the heck do you do when you don’t have bread, don’t want to take the time to make it or go buy some? You make a grilled cheese out of pancakes. And then you pat yourself on the back for being so smart.

The pancakes have little pockets of buttery in them that makes them mouth-watering. That combined with the salty, melty, gooey cheese and the crisp tart apple, it basically triggers all your flavors sensations, with 1 bite. Serve them with a side salad for lunch or dinner, and you have yourself a full on meal! Is it breakfast for dinner, or lunch for breakfast? I don’t know. I don’t care. I’ll eat them for any meal, they’re just goooood!

Cheddar Apple Pancake Sandwich – Serves 2
1 cup pancake mix
1/2 cup buttermilk, cold
1 egg
cheddar cheese
apple, thinly sliced

Mix 1/2 cup cold buttermilk and 1 egg in a bowl. Add in 1 cup dry pancake mix. With a wooden spoon, stir just until combined. Using an ice cream scoop, drop pancake batter onto a hot griddle and cook until the top of the pancake starts to form air bubbles.  Flip the pancake and add cheddar to both pancakes, and apple slices to one pancake. Put a lid over the pancakes to trap some heat so the cheese melts. Once the bottom side of the pancakes have cooked, combine the 2 pancakes, smashing the cheese and apple in the middle. Slice in half, and eat.


Love these. Thanks Julia!

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  1. Hi Rachel, 
    I was wondering if Julia’s site is still active? I was trying to ask a question about an ingredient on this recipe but I couldn’t.
    Thanks so much.

    • Hi Paz, it doesn’t look as though it is. I can see her posts but it doesn’t look like she actively updates or adds new content. Maybe I can answer your question for you?

  2. Love this idea! And love the link to make my own pancake mix–definitely bookmarking that one. :)

  3. This is SUCH a genius idea! I almost never have bread and pancakes would make the best sandwiches!

  4. Completely new idea for me! Looks delicious.

  5. Brilliant idea! I want to go make one right now even though it’s 10 pm.

  6. what a genius idea!! love the savory take on pancakes!

  7. These look fantastic!! Love the addition of cheese – I know a lot of people who like cheese on top of their apple pie!

  8. I really like this idea. One may even go a step farther and add some sliced turkey.

  9. this is SO stinking creative!!

  10. Shoulda known to expect a savory pancake from Julia! :)

  11. It has never occurred to me to make a sandwich using pancakes. I love the combination of cheddar and apple slices.

  12. Oh my gosh seriously? These are awesome!!!

  13. Hey now I could totes go for some CHEDDAR cakes. Holy dudes.

  14. What an awesome idea! I have a super picky did as well. He will notice a fleck of green in anything (even if it is basil or parsley)! Unfortunately at age 7 the whole starving kid thing still doesn’t work! But he would love this – can’t wait to try it!

  15. OMG, this is brilliant! Pancake sandwich – my kids will love this! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  16. What a fun recipe to kick off the pancake madness! I may be 28 years older than a 2 year old but I think I’d love these just the same :)

  17. Mmmm…I LOVE any cheddar+apples combo! This looks great!

  18. I might just make some dinner too… BLT style. Um ya, that’s for sure gonna happen! Thanks for letting me guest post!

  19. This looks delish – I love apple + cheddar!

  20. I’ve never thought of making a pancake sandwich, what an inspired idea!

  21. When I saw the title of the recipe I thought, “hmmmm… maaaybe,” but then I saw the photos and I think I’m hooked. :)

  22. My kids would love these! We have pancakes every single week so I am looking forward to getting some new pancake ideas!

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