These apple spice quinoa pancakes are a healthy and delicious way to start your day. Full of protein and flavor, they will quickly become a favorite.
My love for apples is no secret. They’re a versatile ingredient, easily moving from sweet to savory without a blink of the eye. Great for snacking, great for cooking, and great for baking. And they scream “MICHIGAN” loud and clear. And I just so happen to have a soft spot for Michigan, since I was born, raised, and still live here.
I’m excited to be blogging over at Michigan Apples and teaming up with them for this fun recipe. These pancakes are quite possibly the perfect breakfast, you guys. They’re packed with quinoa (another one of my favorite ingredients) so they give you a good boost of protein.
Paired with the apples (a TON of apples), whole wheat flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re a major win at breakfast time. They can even be made ahead and frozen so that you can quickly grab one out of the freezer and pop it into the toaster to reheat. Perfect for busy mornings (is there such thing as a morning that isn’t busy?).
About these apple quinoa pancakes:
Every time I buy a package of quinoa, I make the entire thing and freeze the cooked quinoa in portioned zip-top bags. It saves the trouble of doing it more than once. If you do this, it will make this recipe that much easier. You’ll mix that cooked quinoa with whole wheat flour, tons of apples, and warm spices (cinnamon, nutmeg).
- 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons canola oil, or melted butter
- 1 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 apples, diced small (roughly 2 cups)
- [Apple compote], if desired
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; stir in quinoa.
- In another bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together eggs, oil, milk, and syrup. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in chopped apples.
- Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Pour batter by approximately 1/4 cup portions onto hot skillet. Cook for 4 minutes (or until bubbles form and stay), flip, and cook for 3-4 more minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve with cinnamon apple compote, butter, applesauce, cinnamon sugar, or maple syrup.
- I used a combination of apples: Honeycrisp and Gala. Other varieties that would work well are Jonagold, Jonathan, Braeburn, Granny Smith, or Cortland.
- For this recipe, you want an apple that stays firm when cooked.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Disclaimer: I was compensated to develop this recipe for Michigan Apples but all opinions are my own, as always. I love Michigan Apples, I really, really do!