Whole Wheat Apple Cider Pancakes

A few days before my birthday (last Saturday…I know, I’m so behind on my posts!), my dad picked up a half gallon of apple cider from the local farmer’s market.

We all know that farmer’s markets have some of the best things, but this cider is truly amazing. It’s made from Honeycrisp apples and is so fruity, fragrant, and sweet.

I decided that I wanted pancakes for my birthday breakfast, but I got to thinking: how great would it be if we used this delicious cider in place of the water? And even better, what if we added fresh, tart Granny Smith apple to the batter?


And so, this recipe was born.

Whole Wheat Apple Cider Pancakes (egg, nut, and dairy free)
makes 5 or 6 pancakes

– 1 Granny Smith apple, diced into very small pieces (you can leave the skin on!)

– 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
– 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
– 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
– 1 tbsp. canola oil
– 1 tbsp. applesauce
– 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
– about 1 cup apple cider*


  1. Place diced apple in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for about 2 minutes, or until the apple is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all dry ingredients in a bowl (flour through sugar).
  3. Mix in oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract. *Then, add the cider slowly. You may need less than a cup or you may need a bit more. Just mix it in until you reach the desired, soupy consistency of pancake batter.
  4. Heat a griddle to medium heat, and grease with non-stick cooking spray, shortening, or butter.
  5. Dollop about a 1/4 cup of batter, per pancake, on the griddle.
  6. Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of the cooked apple pieces onto the pancake before flipping.
  7. Once little bubbles form in the pancake after about 2-3 minutes, flip, and cook for another 2 minutes, or until done.
  8. Serve warm with butter, syrup, and/or sprinkles, and enjoy!

Let’s just pretend that those aren’t Easter sprinkles…


I’m linking this post up to Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday, because really, what’s more marvelous than pancakes?



As a side end note, I apologize for my crazy “off” blogging schedule. I’m teaching full time now, and as such am very occupied with that. If I had the time to blog, I would, but of course teaching is my number one priority right now! I do still really appreciate your following, reading, and commenting, though. I hope you continue to do so! 🙂


  1. Happy belated birthday! I hope the year ahead is filled with joy, laughter, and lots of those delicious apple cider pancakes. 🙂

  2. That pancake recipe looks delicious!!
    I hope you are having a great school year – teaching is hard but so rewarding!

  3. Those pancakes look yummy. Perfect for fall! happy birthday 🙂

  4. These look absolutely delicious! Granny Smith apples are my favorite too.

  5. Boy I wish I would have thought of this because we just had two big gallons of apple cider last week that my Grandpa had made from his apple trees 😦 This would have been amazing. May just have to try it out with regular apple juice.

    Anyways, glad your teaching is going well! I miss your posts but totally understand that you’re busy 🙂 Hope to see you for WIAW? 😉 I bet these pancakes aren’t the only delicious things that you’ve been making. Happy Belated Birthday!

  6. these are so pretty! especially with the sprinkles 😀

  7. Happy Belated Birthday, Liv! These pancakes look delicious. You’re pretty much a genius in thinking of adding apple cider to the batter.

  8. I love the candle in the pancakes. They look delicious! Can’t go wrong with apples! 😉

  9. Happy belated birthday! And these are a great idea, I never get creative with pancakes but this post is yet another reason why I should!

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

  10. I can’t think of a better way to start a birthday than with a huge pile of scrumptious pancakes (and I’ve just noticed from your ingredient list that they’re vegan… double bonus!)
    I hope the teaching is going well. Don’t worry at all about sporadic blogging. All of us have busy times when it’s impossible to fit the blog writing in (I’m rarely posting more than once a week at the moment as life has got so busy!). The main thing is to continue enjoying the blogging and don’t ever feel bad if you miss a week or two. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter at all. Your readers (like me!) will always be here for you xx

    1. Aw, thanks for such a sweet comment, Sharon! I appreciate it! 🙂

  11. Happy belated birthday, Liv!

    I think I need these in my life!

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