Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes: Whole Wheat Breakfast Treat


This recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes replaces oil with applesauce and adds in whole wheat pancake mix and egg substitute for a nutritious breakfast.

Looking for a super easy breakfast ideas for Saturday mornings? Try these simple Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes.

Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes, topped with butter and apples on the side

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If you’re a stay-at-home mom, like me, chances are you’re the one who does most of the cooking throughout the week. On Saturday mornings, my husband fixes brunch for me and the boys. It’s a special treat for me to kick back with a cup of coffee and watch him work.

Healthier ingredient swaps

One of his Saturday morning specialties is Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes. In his recipe, you substitute vegetable oil with cinnamon applesauce. This gives the Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes a light fruity flavor. It also cuts back on some of the unhealthy fats.

My husband uses the no-sugar added baked cinnamon applesauce we canned last Fall, along with whole wheat pancake mix and egg substitute to increase the “good-for-you” qualities in this delicious breakfast.

A stack of cinnamon apple pancakes topped with butter and maple syrup

How to make 4-Ingredient Pancakes

With only four ingredients, Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes are easy and quick to fix for brunch on a Saturday morning. It’s the number one preferred Saturday brunch choice of our three-year-old. I’m sure if he could talk, our one-year-old would agree.

Kitchen Tools Needed:

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

A slab of butter on top of four cinnamon pancakes along with slices of apple

How to Make Homemade Applesauce

Of course, you can buy apple sauce from the store. But it’s so easy to make homemade apple sauce that it’s worth the extra effort.

We have a really simple homemade applesauce tutorial you can follow. It has everything you need to know – from the best supplies and answers to questions we’ve been asked before.

A mason jar of homemade baked cinnamon applesauce

How to freeze the pancakes

These are the perfect make-ahead breakfast that you can save for busy school mornings. To freeze them, just cook up a really large batch. Then, follow these steps.

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the pancakes on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Put the baking sheet in the freezer.
  4. Freeze the pancakes until they are completely frozen.
  5. Remove them from the freezer and place them together in a plastic zippered bag.

If you have a lot of pancakes to freeze, you can place another sheet of parchment paper on top and do another layer of pancakes on the same baking sheet.

Then, all you have to do is grab as many pancakes as you need that morning from the freezer and microwave them on high for about 30 seconds.

Maple syrup pouring down the sides of apple cinnamon pancakes
A stack of four cinnamon applesauce pancakes covered with butter and syrup along with sliced apples
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Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes

This recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes replaces oil with applesauce and adds in whole wheat pancake mix and egg substitute for a nutritious breakfast.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce pancakes, cinnamon pancakes, healthy breakfast
Servings: 12 small pancakes
Calories: 65kcal
Author: Carrie Ypma



  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Blend Pancake Mix
  • 2 eggs or 1/2 cup of egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cinnamon applesauce


  • Pour pancake mix, eggs, milk and cinnamon applesauce in a medium sized mixing bowl and stir until well blended.
  • Lightly grease an electric griddle or skillet and heat to 375 degrees. You could also use a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter on the heated griddle or skillet. Flip the pancakes when the batter starts to bubble and the bottom of the pancakes are light brown.
  • Cook the other side of the pancakes for a few minutes until the second side is light brown.
  • Enjoy with butter or margarine, syrup and your favorite toppings.


Serving: 2pancakes | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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Delicious sweet syrup being poured onto a stack of apple cinnamon pancakes made with applesauce

Serving Suggestions for Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes

There are many ways you could serve these Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes:

  • Serve them alongside sausage patties, strips of bacon or smoky links.
  • Top the Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes with bananas, sliced apples or berries.
  • Throw a few chocolate chips into your pancake batter. (I figure I already cancel out some of the health values when I lather them with margarine and pour on the syrup, so why not add chocolate chips too!)
  • Make fun shapes when you pour the batter on the griddle. My husband likes to surprise the boys with Mickey Mouse heads, hearts or any other shape he can imagine.

What are your family’s favorite foods to make for Saturday brunch? Please comment below and share. We’re always looking for new ideas for Saturday brunch. And by “we”, I mean my husband! I’ll be drinking coffee.

A wedge sized bite taken out of the side of stack of cinnamon pancakes with maple syrup and butter

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Originally published March 2014. Updated February 2020.

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  1. Carrie…thanks for popping by and sharing your Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes at Project Inspire{d}! We just had pancakes last night and talked about spreading them another time with apple butter. I’ll have to try making the with cinnamon and applesauce. 😉

    1. Pancakes for dinner is a great idea. I bet they would be delicious with apple butter. The cinnamon applesauce definitely adds a little something special to pancakes, and it replaces the oil, so that’s a bonus! Enjoy!

  2. My little one loves applesauce, but doesn’t really like pancakes. Wonder if this recipe would make her change her mind… Thanks for sharing.

  3. These look great and how nice that your husband gives you a break and makes breakfast for your family and you. What a yummy recipe, I love pancakes and I’m going to have to give this a try!

    1. It’s wonderful, Sami! I think Saturday brunch is my favorite meal of the entire week. Enjoy the pancakes and thanks for stopping by!

  4. I bet these are good. I love apple sauce! I’m stopping by from the Sunday blog hop, I know I’m a little late. I’m a new follower through Bloglovin. I hope your having a great Monday!

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  6. Awww.. thanks for the feature, Angela! We’re thrilled you and the ladies at the Wednesday Roundup chose to share our pancake recipe. Thanks, too, for letting me know about the Pinterest board. I’ll go check it out. Have a great weekend!

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