Applesauce pancakes? Holla! One of my fave people in this world is Martha Stewart. She’s so damn crafty and has some of the most amazing ideas. I used to subscribe to her magazine and still have every single copy in my library because I love flipping through them for inspiration every now and then.
I subscribe to her Facebook feed too so when I saw these pancakes come up I knew I had to try them. I used to despise pancakes when I was little, waffles I loved, but pancakes were my nemesis. My sister loved them so we were usually at breakfast odds when she got to choose what we were eating. I hated having flour lumps in my pancakes – that was the one thing that really made me dislike them – so when I found these pancakes I was pleasantly surprised after making them because the batter is mixed thoroughly and they cook up more like a crepe. I never really understood the whole “don’t overmix the pancake batter, it should be lumpy” cookbook instructions because if it’s lumpy that means there’s unmixed ingredients in there. I understand if you overmix something the leavening agent can be overworked and then they won’t rise as much but personally, I’d rather have a slightly less fluffy pancake than one with a nasty lump of flour or baking powder in it.
That concludes my flour-lump speech for the day. My point is that if you’re looking for a really thick, fluffy pancake don’t make these because these aren’t them. They’re more of a dense, moist pancake that I eat with nothing on top. They have a really amazing smell and fruity flavour and there’s nothing better than to eat them hot off the griddle.
The original recipe is on Martha Stewart’s website. It calls for Martha’s Pink Applesauce but I had some blueberry applesauce I wanted to try instead so I substituted that as well as the butter for coconut oil because it adds to the flavour profile nicely. I usually half this recipe because I like the pancakes fresh so the halved recipe is posted below. I found an easy way to make these is to just mix all the ingredients in my blender so I save myself some dishes. I do enough of those already with 2 kids and a husband so I like to save myself the work whenever I can.
Yield: 10 medium size pancakes
1 cup milk
1/3 cup applesauce (one small container of a kids flavoured applesauce is what I use)
2 tbsp melted coconut oil or butter
1 cup flour
1 & 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Combine all the ingredients in order in your blender and mix on low until combined (usually 30 seconds max). If you prefer to use a mixing bowl then combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in another and mix them together.
Cook over med-high heat on a non-stick pan or pancake griddle and enjoy! Happy Fall Y’all! Kim.