Buttermilk Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples

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Enjoy breakfast with these whole-wheat buttermilk pancakes topped with cinnamon apples, and don't forget to freeze an extra batch for later.
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This is the breakfast I’ve been making recently for the girls every time we go up to the Tiny House. I love that it has become a new ritual (that they love and ask for!). The last time we were there my girls had friends with them (another set of sisters the same age!), and all four of them GOBBLED up these Whole-wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples.

Buttermilk Pancakes  topped with cinnamon apples on a plate with fork

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I didn’t really know much about the friends’ food preferences, and I was so glad I hit the nail on the head with the cinnamon apples. They all asked me to make more apples, and my older daughter kept saying, “These pancakes are extra good for some reason” (even though I made them the same as I always do … she must’ve just been really hungry!). For more about apples, check out this Guide to Apples!

Do I Have to Use Buttermilk?

You can definitely sub regular milk when making pancakes, but the buttermilk helps achieve a fluffier panacake—which I personally like better!

Other Topping Suggestions

We definitely hit a home run with the cinnamon apples on top of our buttermilk pancakes, but feel free to mix it up with blueberries, strawberries, or even homemade sugar-free jam.

A stack of fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes on a white plate.

Nothing like ensuring a bunch of teens have satisfied and full tummies before going out on a hike for the day. Oh, how I love our time in the NC mountains! :)

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  1. To make buttermilk:
    1 cup milk + 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
    1 cup milk + 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar
    Let stand 5 minutes

  2. These look delicious! We eat so many pancakes and I can’t wait to try your recipe. Loving the cinnamon apples here because it reminds me of warm apple pie. Any tips for freezing these?

    1. Hi Lori, for this recipe I would suggest freezing just the pancakes and then whipping up the cinnamon apples when you want them. – Nicole

  3. 5 stars
    Great recipe any time of the year, not just autumn. Per your recipe, the cinnamon apples were delicious. Pure maple syrup is an absolute must.

      1. I usually have buttermilk on hand, but a good substitute for buttermilk for the thickness and acidity is to combine regular milk with yogurt or sour cream. I do about 1 part yogurt/sour cream to 2 parts milk.

    1. You can easily “culture” the milk yourself! I do it all the time for buttermilk pancakes. You would put in 2tbsp distilled white vinegar and then fill the measuring cup to 2 cups with milk, let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

  4. How do you package/wrap an extra batch for the freezer? I’d love to have them on hand for during the week!

    1. You can simply place them in an airtight container or a bag. You can also lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, place them in the freezer, and then place them in a container to prevent them from freezing together. – Nicole

  5. Pancakes with cinnamon apples have been a fall favorite in our house for years. I thinly slice our apples and cook for 8-10 minutes. Though I make our pancake batter and apples without added sweetener, then guild the lilly with a dollop of homemade whipped cream.