Whole Wheat Walnut Pancake with Pumpkin Sauce

If we had to describe the perfect fall-themed pancake, then the whole wheat walnut pancake with pumpkin sauce takes the win!

whole wheat walnut pancake with pumpkin sauce

Whole Wheat Walnut Pancake Ingredients

Serves: 14

For the Pancakes

1 cup whole-wheat flour
⅔ cup  walnuts, finely chopped, divided
3 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. milk (and additional milk if needed)
2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
Vegetable oil (for cooking the pancakes)

For the Pumpkin Yogurt Sauce

1 ¼ cups plain nonfat yogurt (without stabilizers)
½ cup cooked, mashed pumpkin or canned pumpkin
⅓ cup apple cider
1 – 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want the sauce)
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp. salt

Method of Preparation

1. Combine the flour and ⅓ cup of the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until the walnuts are finely ground. Pour into a mixing bowl and add the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine the dry ingredients.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and milk and beat until blended. Add the applesauce and maple syrup and stir until smooth. Pour the egg mixture over the flour mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

3. Wipe the surface of a nonstick skillet with oil and place over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, spoon the batter onto it, using about 3 tablespoons of batter for each pancake–a 12-inch skillet will hold four pancakes. (If the batter seems too thick, add another 1 – 2 tablespoons of milk.)

4. Sprinkle each pancake with about 1 teaspoon of the remaining chopped walnuts. Cook until the pancakes look dry around the edges and bubbles break on the surface, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook about 1 minute more on the other side.

5. For the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk until smooth. Before serving, stir over low heat to warm gently–don’t let it boil. 

6. Serve the pancakes hot, with Pumpkin Yogurt Sauce.

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