Sunday morning breakfast was always a big deal at my house and usually included something heavy, rich, and loaded with sugar. There were never complaints, and there are never leftovers, but some of my favorite recipes are things I definitely can’t eat on a regular basis. Being that this is the case, I’m always on the hunt for copy-cat recipes that keep the flavors that I love but swap out empty calories for nutrient-dense and protein-rich calories.
Over the years I have tried dozens of recipes for German Pancakes. There are plenty of “imposters”– you know, those recipes that try to come across as healthy but really sneak in ingredients that up the calories and throw off your macros. Or, even more irritating, the recipes that claim to “taste like the original” but leave you feeling like you’re eating a piece of cardboard. I’m not a fan of either of those situations.
This recipe is a great twist on the classic recipe and it’s super fast and easy to make. I usually make this recipe ahead of time and eat it throughout the week. It keeps well, and tastes great a few days later. I’ve also made this recipe on the fly plenty of times before heading out the door. I love it because it takes about 5 minutes to mix it all, and frees you up to take care of other things while it’s baking. Full transparency: this DOES taste different! Don’t make this expecting the exact same flavor. The apple sauce will make it slightly sweeter, but the fluffy, savory taste of original German Pancakes stays consistent.
Here’s what you need:
1 cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 Cup Kodiac Cake Mix (buttermilk)
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Makes 4 servings
Macros per serving:
To start, preheat your oven to 420 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X13 pan and set it aside. In a large bowl, beat together 6 eggs. Once combined, blend in almond milk and apple sauce. Gradually add Kodiak Cake Mix and blend until smooth. Sprinkle in chia seeds. Pour contents into the pan and back for 18-20 minutes, or until the pancakes are baked through and golden-yellow in color. Remove from the oven and serve hot. I recommend topping these with all natural nut butters, pure maple syrup, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, fruit, or even eat them plain.
For fun flavor variations, try out different types of Kodiak Cake Mixes. This will alter flavors slightly while closely maintaining the macros.
Test these out for your next family breakfast and let us know what you think!