Letter Pancakes with Apple Topping


This is an awesome idea for pancakes that I read in a magazine somewhere. You could make just about any shape you are capable of, but I think letters are super cute. It is a nice way to make breakfast fun for kids, or surprise a significant other and let them know you’re thinking about them.

The basic pancake batter recipe is simple, I “health-ified” it a bit with some ground flax. You could also use almond meal or whole wheat flour. Extra bits of apple and cinnamon give them a fall flavor. Then top with a homemade apple syrup for a home run.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup syrup


Step 1: In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients, followed by all wet ingredients except the apple and syrup. Mix well until combined. Take 1/3 cup diced apple, and microwave with 1 tbsp water for 2 minutes. Add to the batter.


Step 2: Spray a frying pan with cooking oil, and heat it to medium. Using a tablespoon, make the shape you want in your pancake and let it cook 3-5 minutes, just until bubbles start to form.


Step 3: Pour more batter over top of your shape, and cook another 3-5 minutes. Once bubbles form, flip and cook on the other side for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown. You can see I made my “J” backwards… clearly I have a graduate degree.


Step 4: Microwave the syrup with the remaining chopped apples for 4 minutes, or heat in a pan on the stove until just simmering. Pour warm syrup over pancakes and enjoy!

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