A little over a year ago today, I visited my Grandpa in Southern California. As he dropped me off at the Burbank airport, he bought me breakfast at a little cafe. I got the apple walnut crème brûlée french toast. Oh my! My tastebuds will never forget that combination of magical flavors in my mouth..
Lately I’ve had a bit of a craving for that same french toast. I finally decided to whip up my own version. And hopefully a bit of a healthier version. It could still use some tweaks to make it the healthiest it could be, but we have to remember there is always good, better, or best in health. And sometimes just being better is okay.
I adapted this recipe from The Sweet and Simple Kitchen. If you haven’t heard of her, I suggest checking out her website and following her on Instagram. I have never seen a more talented baker. I swear that every skill I’ve gained in baking mainly come from her. In her Instagram stories she even walks you through each recipe step by step. Highly recommend!
Apple Walnut Skillet Pancake
- 1 12 inch cast iron skillet (Though, Kristie uses the 9 inch. Either work. With the bigger cast iron skillet, your pancake just won’t get as tall on the sides.)
- 3 eggs
- 4 Tbsp melted margarine/butter (for the pancake)
- 2/3 C Whole wheat flour
- 2/3 C Plant-based milk
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Nutmeg and other spices if desired
- 2 thinly sliced apples (I used gala, but granny smith could be great too!)
- 2 Tbsp margarine/butter (for the syrup)
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (for the syrup)
- 1/4 C chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 425 and place the cast iron skillet inside the oven to heat up as well.
- In a food processor, blend eggs, 2 Tbsp of melted margarine/butter, whole wheat flour, plant-based milk, cinnamon, and potential nutmeg.
- Once your oven has preheated, remove the skillet and pour in the other 2 Tbsp of melted butter moving it around in order to coat the bottom of the pan as well as the sides.
- Pour in your mixture and bake for 18-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, start on your apple walnut topping. Melt the butter, add the brown sugar, and stir.
- Add the apples, grated ginger, cinnamon, and walnuts.
- Once the skillet has been removed from the oven, top with your apple walnut topping, and serve! We enjoyed some whipped cream on top as well. Granola also would make a great topping.