Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Apple Pancakes

Just what I need right? Another pancake recipe.  My mom was on here a while back looking for a recipe and told me I had way too many.  Hmm, I don't think so.  I am always up for a new pancake to try.  It's one of my absolute favorite things to make for breakfast.

So the story behind this pancake is this...hubs' birthday was last month and my mom baked him an apple cake. I had just made homemade buckeye (peanut butter and chocolate) ice cream and threw it on top of a piece of leftover cake one night (also drizzled homemade caramel sauce on top) and it was so good!! A match made in heaven if you ask me. And from there, the flavor combination morphed into pancakes; 'cause it doesn't take much to get me thinking about pancakes.

So, these are really delicious and don't take much more effort than a typical batch of pancakes. All the extra you're going to have to do is just peel, cut and shred an apple and thin out some peanut butter to drizzle on top and that's it. 

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Apple Pancakes
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 fresh egg
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter , plus more for topping
1 1/2 whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large apple, peeled, cut into fourths and shredded

Prepare apple and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together peanut butter and sugar.  Gradually whisk in egg and buttermilk, a little at a time. *If you add too much liquid at once, the peanut butter will not mix in well and will be clumpy.  You can also warm the peanut butter a little first to make it easier to whisk in.  Whisk mixture until smooth and uniform.

Add the dry ingredient and whisk until just incorporated.  Stir in shredded apple last and let batter sit while griddle preheats.

Drop batter by 1/4 cup onto hot griddle and cook until bubbles start to form and edges begin to look dry; about 2-3 minutes.  Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. 

Serve warm.  If you want to drizzle peanut butter on top, just whisk in some water until it's pourable.  Otherwise you can just spread it on top with a knife.  Drizzle with syrup.

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