EASY Apple Ring Pancake Recipe (Perfect Make-Ahead Breakfast!)

Jun 27, 2021 | Food, Freeze, Recipes

Looking for a warm, filling, and delicious breakfast idea that's also freezer-friendly? You just found it! Today I'm sharing a favorite family recipe: apple ring pancakes!

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We are big breakfast people here at the Page house, and the easier the breakfast item is to make, the better. Bonus points if it's a recipe that can double up as a freezer breakfast. Recently, I came across this amazing apple ring pancake recipe on Pinterest that is super easy to make, can easily be stored in the freezer, and is absolutely delicious. Um, yes, please! 

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These apple ring pancakes are seriously the perfect combination of pancake batter and apples. Plus, the main focal point of this recipe is fruit, which means you can help give your kids a healthier start to their day.

You can easily make these in the morning before your kids get up for school. However, if your mornings are anything like mine, then I would suggest making these apple ring pancakes a few days beforehand and storing them in the freezer. That way, when your kids wake up for school, all you have to do is pull your pre-made pancakes out of the freezer and nuke them in the microwave. Super easy! Now, let's get down to business!


This pancake recipe is so easy, you won't believe it! Plus, it has a few surprise ingredients that I think you'll love! But what happens if you're short an ingredient or two? Well, try one of these recipe modifications:

  • Apple Substitute – Any apple you have will work great. Red Delicious, Granny Smith, you name it! If you have it, use it. If you don't have any apples to spare, pears will work well in this recipe!
  • Baking Powder Substitute – Who hasn't run out of baking powder a time or two? Here are two options! A 1/2 cup of buttermilk + 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda = an easy swap for baking powder. You could also replace the baking powder with an extra 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, plus an additional 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Sugar Substitute – Running on low on sugar? Need to cut some calories? One packet of Stevia will do the trick! You could also swap in honey–just use the same amount as the sugar called for in this recipe!
  • Buttermilk Substitute – Not everyone keeps buttermilk in the fridge, so no worries! Add either one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of regular milk, and you'll have “buttermilk” in no time.

And there ya go! See how easy it is to get creative in the kitchen and use what you have to make things happen? Speaking of using what you have, let's talk about what you could add to these tasty apple ring pancakes!


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There are SO many fun ways to spruce up pancakes! Looking for ideas? Try adding one of these ingredients to your batter for an extra treat:

  • Nuts
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Coconut Shreds
  • Cranberries
  • Orange Zest
  • Zucchini Shreds
  • Extra Fruit

Want to add a nice garnish to the top? Here are some options:

I could keep going, but you catch my drift, right? Take a quick peek in the pantry and fridge and see what you need to use up! For a fun weekend brunch, set up a pancake topping bar and let your kids mix and match.


Are you ready to try your new favorite pancakes? Grab that apron, and let's start cooking!

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Apple Ring Pancakes

This recipe is perfect for a busy morning! Make a big batch of these apple ring pancakes this weekend and freeze some for later.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 pancakes


  • 2 large apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp lemon zest


  • Core and thinly slice apples cross-wise into 10 pieces.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the apple slices and lemon juice, then sprinkle the fruit with 3 teaspoons sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining sugar and cinnamon with the baking powder, baking soda, flour, and salt. 
  • In another bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Add the flour mixture and whisk into a slightly lumpy batter.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt ½ teaspoon butter. 
  • Spoon batter over and apple slice, letting the excess fall back into the bowl (this coating method will keep the slices from breaking). 
  • Place the pancake in the pan, then repeat with two more apple slices.
  • Cook the pancakes until golden brown on each side, about 5 minutes per side. Cook the remaining apple slices, adding butter to the pan as needed. 
  • Serve immediately or store in the freezer for another time.


Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To freeze, allow to cool completely. Flash-freeze on a sheet pan, then store in a freezer-safe bag.
Reheat in the microwave in 30-second increments until heated through.
Keyword apple ring pancakes, pancakes

So simple, so easy, and deliciously different take on your typical pancakes! The whole family will love them.


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Do you have a breakfast recipe that your kids absolutely love?  If so, please share below, because I'd love to know!

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  1. Lisa

    Sounds yummy!! Would these turn out if using apples that are getting soft or do they need to be fresh and crisp?

  2. Jessica Thomas

    Why do your pancakes not have holes in the middle? Did you add more batter to the center?

  3. Jen

    Eating these right now and wondering where they have been my whole life.

  4. Amanda

    Oh my! Those look FANTASTIC! I am definitely giving them a try, I think they will really be a hit with the littles. Thanks for sharing!


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