Fluffy buttermilk pancakes are topped off with roasted cinnamon apples, crunchy granola and a drizzle of maple syrup. It’s Copycat Disneyland Apple Granola Pancakes!
A big ol’ stack of pancakes is a wonderful way to start the morning, especially when it’s your family all gathered together around the table and the whole weekend is ahead of you. But what if you took those pancakes a step farther?
We went to Disneyland and had a pretty good stack of pancakes, but what made them totally delicious was the pile of roasted apples, sweetened crunchy granola and that drizzle of maple syrup on top. I loved them! So naturally I had to pick apart every last detail and make a copycat recipe.
Have you eaten breakfast at Disneyland? I’m not talking about the character or princess breakfast, I mean made a reservation and enjoyed a regular breakfast.
That was a bit confusing to us the first time we went to Disneyland. No one had told us that we had to have a reservation to eat pretty much anywhere.
When your morning starts at 6am you’ve got one hungry family by breakfast time.
Breakfast at Disneyland
The second time around we had learned a lot. We did our reservation and while, ahem I’m sorry Disneyland, the whole park doesn’t have very good food we decided to try Carnation Cafe.
In all of our reading up about breakfast it sounded like that was going to be our best option for pretty good food. In fact, I ended up DEVOURING the apple-granola pancakes to the point that I’m a little ashamed I could pound so much food in one sitting.
Oh, who am I kidding, I have no shame.
There really weren’t options though.
In fact, shhhhh, I kind of think Disney could do a little food refresher at their parks. Anyone else?
Do you Love or Hate the Food at Disneyland?
I mean, there are some fantastic eats like the pomme frites, but there are a lot of flops. And most important of all, the restaurants all take reservations so if you don’t have a clue you’re out of luck.
Disneyland Copycat Recipes
There are a lot of copycat recipes out there for Disneyland so it’s not very often that we get talking about their recipes. I mean, I wouldn’t mind having the recipe to their perfect mint julep, but so far I haven’t loved all of the pinterest recipes. This Disneyland copycat is exactly what you get in the park though!
Disneyland Apple Granola Pancakes
The basics are plain pancakes and roasted apples, then there’s a crumble of granola, dash of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup. But when you sit down you’ll also choose a meat, I chose to go with bacon with was the best to have a little salty to break up the sweet.
I highly recommend a little orange juice with these pancakes too. I know it sounds a little silly, but there’s just something so all-American breakfast about a side of orange juice.
Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
It really doesn’t matter what you choose for this Disneyland copycat recipe, these apple granola pancakes could use any pancake recipe. I mean, whole wheat pancakes, sour cream pancakes or our personal favorite homemade buttermilk pancakes all work fantastic.
You know what would be great, you could add a little cinnamon or apple pie spice. I would start with 1/4 teaspoon and increase as you’d like.
How to Make Roasted Apples
There’s actually two ways to make roasted apples. The true way involves an oven while the shortcut is what I always choose and it’s just on the stove top.
In the recipe below, you’ll find only the shortcut version but below I’ll tell you how to roast apples in the oven just in case you want to really go for it. I’m personally too hungry to wait that long. 🙂
How to Make Stove Top Apples
- Heat a skillet over medium heat, add the butter.
- Once melted add the remaining ingredients and cook until tender, stirring occasionally.
How to Make Oven Roasted Apples
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add apples and other ingredients, leaving out the butter to a bowl and toss everything to coat well.
- Dump into a pyrex.
- Add chopped butter on top.
- Bake for 15 minutes, stir and bake another 15 minutes for a total of 30 minutes.
Can I Make the Apples Ahead?
The apples are a great choice to be made up to an entire day ahead of time. They will not be as fresh, but they are still wonderful.
How to Store Roasted Apples
The cooked cinnamon apples can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. However, it’s important to remember that the apples will continue to break down in the container, so each day they will have a little less desirable texture.
Granola for Pancakes
Now I know someone might question this, but I’ve actually sat down at these pancakes in Disneyland with my granola bar and I’m certain it’s Nature Valley granola bars or their bag of granola.
I’m POSITIVE. I’ve seen it with my eyes.
Meaning, you can literally make the EXACT COPYCAT of this recipe in your own home. There’s no secret anything. I just crumble up a granola bar, but you can buy their granola as well.
More Homemade Pancake Recipes:
- Meyer Lemon Pancakes
- The BEST Buttermilk Pancakes
- White Chocolate Blueberry Pancakes
- Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
- Healthy Cottage Cheese Pancakes
- Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
- Sour Cream Pancakes
Pancake Syrup Recipes:
- Creamy Chocolate Syrup
- Buttermilk Syrup
- Coconut Buttermilk Syrup
- Homemade Creamy Maple Syrup
- Peanut Butter Maple Syrup
- …More Sweet Breakfast Ideas!
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Disneyland Apple Granola Pancakes
For the Mix
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 4 Cups Sifted Flour
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- 2 Eggs slightly whisked
- 2 Tablespoons Butter unsalted and melted
For the Apples
- 1 Granny Smith Apple Peeled and Sliced
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
For the topping
- 1 Nature Valley Granola Bar crushed
- Maple Syrup
- Powdered Sugar
- In a skillet over medium heat, add the butter and once melted add the apples, cinnamon and sugars. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft.
For the Pancakes
- In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients, whisking to combine.
- Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl except the butter.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until streaks of flour remain and add in the butter, folding gently. The batter will be very thick.
- Heat a pan to medium heat and spray with nonstick spray. Cook pancakes until bubbles form, flip and cook again until set.
- Place the apples on the pancakes and crumble the granola bars and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with syrup.