Yogurt puts a delicious twist on a classic in this apple pancake recipe. They are easy to make and are made from scratch, not from a boxed mix.
We make our own homemade yogurt to go in these pancakes as well as our easy yogurt pancakes recipe. You can also use store bought yogurt, it will work just as good. Plain Greek or plain yogurt work well.
If you have an Instant Pot and love yogurt, I do recommend you try making it homemade one day. It is quite easy to do!
Why yogurt? Because it adds a nice amount of moisture to them along with a great flavor. The texture is a bit more dense but they still rise into thick and delicious apple cinnamon pancakes.
What are the best apples for pancakes?
This is a personal preference here. Most apples will taste amazing in pancakes, but some will add more sweetness then others.
If you are looking to tone the sweetness down, go with a granny smith apple. They are a bit more tart and very popular for baking and cooking. We don't use them much here tho.
Honey crisp is one of the sweetest apples you can use. They are rather delicious, but they do add a bit more sugar to your pancakes. They make an amazing apple pie too (if you like sweet apple pie.) Honey crisp are my personal favorite and I often use them when I make apple yogurt too.
The other apple I love for cooking is Gala and this is the one we used in these pancakes. They are sweet but not the sweetest you can get.
If you pick a larger apple, you will likely need one. Smaller apples will be one and a half to two. You will want about half a pound before peeling and removing the core. It doesn't have to be perfect for this apple pancake recipe.
How to measure flour
People measure flour differently and with many recipes it makes a difference. Some people scoop flour out of the bag (or container) which gives you a very heavy cup. It is basically packed in there.
Sometimes we spoon and level which means spoon it out of the bag and into the measuring cup. Use a butter knife to scrape off excess. This one is best if you don't have a scale. It is closest to getting the right weight if a recipe calls for a cup by weight.
And then there is the exact measurement by weighing it. I added weight to the recipe to help people who weigh their flour.
Don't sweat the flour measurement here. These apple cinnamon pancakes are easy to adapt if you put too much or too little flour in. Too much flour you can add a splash more milk. Too little flour and add a little bit more flour.
We spoon and leveled 2 and a quarter cups here weighing about 320 grams.
What goes good on apple pancakes?
I am mostly a pure maple syrup person here, but there are other toppings you can use!
Homemade salted caramel is always a treat with apples. You can serve with apple slices and top with the caramel. A tip to keep your apple slices from browning is to place them in a bowl with water and lemon juice for about 10 minutes. Remove and bring to the table.
Peanut butter sauce is another great option. Add some peanut butter sauce apples on top for an amazing treat!
Do I need a griddle for pancakes?
It is easiest if you have a griddle for pancakes, but not required. There are many different kinds and you would want to decide what would work best for you.
This is our favorite griddle and can go on the stove, campfire or even the grill. It is cast iron and needs to be treated like other cast iron pans. For those who love cast iron, this is perfect! For those who are new to cast iron, it isn't hard but it does get treated differently then a traditional pan.
Another option is a stand alone griddle. Many people like them, but we prefer to use the stove top ones.
We have also used a flat frying pan as well to make pancakes. There are options, you don't need a griddle but they are great to have!
Apple Pancakes Made with Yogurt
- 2¼ cups flour spooned and leveled - 320 grams
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup yogurt plain - Greek or regular is ok
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ lb apples weight before peeled - see notes
- In a bowl mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl mix together yogurt, milk, eggs and vanilla using a whisk or a fork.
- Peel and core the apples. Shred the apples and add to the wet ingredients.
- Add the flour mix into the wet ingredients. Mix until it is all incorporated with a whisk or a fork. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes while heating up the pan.
- Heat a griddle or a flat pan on medium heat for about 2 minutes (electric stove might need longer.)Your griddle is ready when you splash a couple drops of water on it and the water "dances"
- Spoon the batter onto the pan in desired sizes. We recommend no bigger then 6 inches to cook evenly. Bigger they might not flip easily.Cook for about 2 minutes. Bottoms should be browning and they should be easy to flip - if not continue cooking for another minute
- Flip and cook for another 2 minutes. They should be browning and easy to remove from pan. If not, cook another minute.