Whole Wheat Apple Pannekoek (Dutch Pancake)

11 Jan

When I studied abroad in Germany 6 years ago (!), my new friends and I traveled around Europe as much as we could. One long weekend, my friend Lisa and I took a train trip to visit Luxembourg, Brussels, and Amsterdam. There was so much food, fun, and adventure, I’ll never forget those four days. One of the best foods we had in Amsterdam was the Pannekoek – a super thin baked pancake topped with either savory or sweet items. Never having eaten one before, we sought out a restaurant that specialized in these thin pastries and each enjoyed a massive lunch.

Years later, with apples on the counter that needed to be used, the idea struck me to make a healthy, sweet version of the Dutch dish. Using whole wheat flour, coconut oil, reduced sugar and some molasses, this Pannekoek is perfect for a lazy Sunday morning, or even to serve to guests for brunch. Plus, you can have this on the table 20 minutes after you’ve begun.

Whole Wheat Apple Pannekoek | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

Whole Wheat Apple Pannekoek, adapted from Dulce Dough
Serves 2-4

  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C non-dairy or skim milk

For the filling:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 medium apples, sliced and quartered
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 dash ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp organic sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp dark molasses

Preheat oven to 425°. Add the 2 tbsp of coconut oil to a pie plate or oven safe skillet. Let the oil melt in the oven while it heats up.

Beat the eggs and whisk in the salt, flour, and milk. Once the oven is preheated, carefully pour the batter into the oiled hot pie plate. Bake for 15-18 minutes on the middle rack, making sure there’s enough room for the pancake to rise up the edges and not hit the grate above.

While that bakes, cook the filling. Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Mix together apples with spices and sugar in a small bowl. Pour into the hot skillet and drizzle with molasses. Stir well and cook until the syrup reduces down and the apples become tender.

Whole Wheat Apple Pannekoek | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

Once the Pannekoek is cooked, remove from the oven and pour in the cooked apples. Slice into 4 pieces and serve hot!

Whole Wheat Apple Pannekoek | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

Whole Wheat Apple Pannekoek | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

What’s a favorite dish from your international travels? Have you ever eaten or cooked a Pannekoeken?


15 Responses to “Whole Wheat Apple Pannekoek (Dutch Pancake)”

  1. Rosey Rebecca April 8, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    Oh yum! That looks like a fruit pizza! Will have to try this. Thanks for the fun recipe!

  2. Glenneth R April 8, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    i have never seen that before but it looks delicious! thanks for sharing!

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner April 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    Ooh I’ve never had that before how yummy looking!

  4. dixya @food, pleasure, and health April 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    i used to get dutch oven pancake from a diner when i was in college..this reminds me of it.

  5. The Fit Fork (@TheFitFork) April 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    I have never made one of those dutch pancakes, but they look divine 🙂 thanks for sharing the recipe

  6. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) April 9, 2016 at 5:00 am #

    You can’t go wrong with apples and cinnamon. Yum.

    Thanks for sharing with the fitness health & happiness community. Have a great weekend!

  7. wendyistakingthelongwayhome April 9, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    There’s a pancake place by my house that serves an apple pancake similar to yours. Except I’m pretty sure it’s not whole wheat, and I always feel like I need an insulin injection when I eat it…

    • xtinaluvspink April 9, 2016 at 7:25 am #

      Right?! That’s why I wanted a lower sugar, healthier option.

  8. Anne April 9, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    That’s such an interesting way to make pancakes, I’ve never seen that before 😀

  9. Aliah April 9, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

    This looks delicious and since Germany is on my bucketlist I need to try it! My favorite foods when I travel is Italian and French but I love Caribbean and African foods. I can’t wait to visit Africa and get the real deal!

  10. Sandra Laflamme April 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

    I once had a Dutch pancake and it was so decadent and delicious. I love your healthy twist on this!


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