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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Skillet Apple Pancakes

The original recipe for today's post comes from Produce For Kids - one of my favorite places to go for simple, delicious recipes. I tried out a modified version of their Upside Down Apple Skillet Pancakes. I made just a couple of rookie mistakes, which caused this one to lose a couple stars. Definitely won't be repeated though. Overall, it's a great one to try for breakfast or brunch one weekend.


Final Star Ratings
Taste: **** (4 stars - I've impressed myself)
Texture: ***** (5 stars, Delicious Award)
Easy to Make: *** (3 stars - meh)
Overall Rating: **** (4 stars - I've impressed myself)


**Please note: The modified version of this recipe contain sugar alcohols coming from the sugar-free pancake syrup. Some people experience stomach discomfort and GI distress when consuming sugar alcohols. If this happens to you, you can substitute regular syrup and add to recipe in 1-2 tbsp increments to achieve desired sweetness.**



Skillet Apple Pancakes
Serves 4

ingredients for recipe include skim milk, margarine, gluten free pancake mix, sugar free pancake syrup, 1 egg, cinnamon, and 2 apples2 Honeycrisp apples (or whatever kind you have lying around)
1/4 cup sugar-free pancake syrup
2 tbsp Smart Balance light reduced-calorie margarine
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup Bisquick gluten free pancake mix
1 cup skim milk
1 egg
Additional syrup and cinnamon for topping, to taste


  1. Add apples, syrup, butter, and cinnamon to skillet. Turn stovetop to medium heat and cook until syrup is bubbly and apples are soft. About 3-5 minutes, depending on thickness of apples. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together pancake mix, milk, and egg until smooth. Pour over top of apples and smooth mixture out to completely cover apples. 
  3. Let cook on stovetop until pancakes are partially set. Carefully flip over and continue to cook until pancakes are completely set and lightly browned. 
  4. Dish onto plate and top with additional cinnamon and syrup. Enjoy!
photo of crumbled pancakes and apples topped with syrup


Notes for Next Time: As you can see, this is a very simple recipe. Immediately after pouring the pancake mix onto the apples, I realized I had no idea how I was going to flip it and keep the whole thing intact. Basically, I couldn't.....so I was disappointed to have to break it up and end up with an ugly broken jumble of pancakes. 

Why did I choose to make the entire thing on the stovetop? Because I have no oven-safe pans. All of my skillets have a squishy plastic handle, preventing me from putting them anywhere but a stovetop. Soon after ruining my pretty pancake by having to flip it, I realized there was a very, very simple solution to all of this: I could have just cooked the apples, then put them in an oven-safe baking dish and poured the pancakes on top, then placed them in the oven. But, I never think of these things when it's convenient. 

If you want to further simplify this recipe, you can use frozen chopped apple slices or dried apple slices. That can save you one step. Remember, dried apples have concentrated sweetness, so you will more than likely need to decrease the amount of syrup you use. Frozen apples will be chopped thicker than what I used. If you decide to use frozen, the apples will take longer to soften, so add another 2-3 minutes to total cooking time. 

My only complaint about this recipe is the super sweetness. I felt the sugar alcohols were too sweet, so I'll need to make sure to cut back on how much I use next time. Maybe I just won't use any as a topper. Outside of that, though, this was an easy and tasty recipe. The mistakes were all mine, and I think this is definitely something I'm going to try again - maybe with pears next time!

overhead photo of  a wooden table with white plate decorated with painted cherries. on the plate is crumbled pancakes with cinnamon apples, with syrup poured over the top


Check out the video to see me realize my mistakes as they happen.

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