baked apple streusel pancake bars

Moose and I are hopping on a plane soon to head south for the holidays. But before I go, I leave you with what I believe is the perfect pancake alternative.

The thing about pancakes is, I suck at making them. I lack the patience and focus necessary to stand over a griddle/skillet for a prolonged period of time, pouring and flipping and waiting when there are so many more important things I could be doing (like pretty much anything else other than making pancakes). But these pancake bars are poured in a pan and baked like a cake! You only have to wait once, and you can go do anything that you want during the wait time because the oven is watching over your little pancake babies for you. Genius!


Baked Apple Streusel Pancake Bars
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn
Serves 20
Printable recipe

Pancake ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups soy milk, plain or vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons refined sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter substitute, melted
  • 1 Gala apple, diced
  • 2 cups vegan granola, any flavor (I used maple cinnamon)

Streusel ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter substitute, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease a 9×13″ pan. You can also line the pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, stir together the soy milk and distilled white vinegar. Set aside so it can transform itself into “buttermilk” while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

In a large bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and refined sugar.

In a separate bowl, stir together the yogurt and melted vegan butter.

Add the yogurt and butter mixture and the “buttermilk” to the dry ingredients and stir.

Stir in the apples and granola.

Pour the pancake batter into the pan. Stir all of the streusel ingredients together and drizzle the streusel over top of the pancake batter.

I drizzled mine in clumpy lines

and then used a fork to lightly spread the streusel around.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the top of the pancake springs back when you press it. Allow the pancake to cool on a wire rack.

Slice the pancake into bars.

You can dig into them immediately either as is or with maple syrup, apple butter, etc. Or you can store them to devour throughout the week. I also recommend freezing the bars individually for a quick breakfast or snack in the future.

I hope that the rest of your 2012 is safe, healthy and filled with love. No matter where you go or what you do, remember that there is one special someone who loves you and wishes you well.


9 thoughts on “baked apple streusel pancake bars

  1. These sound amazing. For some bizarre reason I have the patience to infrequently make waffles, but never pancakes. I leave that to my partner. He is much more successful with them than I.

  2. Just made this and it’s amazing! Right now I am eating it. I was looking for a pancake/pie with apples and other sweet fruit and this is the best joice by far. Thank you!

  3. I also suck at making pancakes. I actually started baking them about a year ago. But whenever I post a recipe on my blog I feel a need to actually do them in a pan for some reason. These look so much better than that.

  4. Do you think almond or coconut milk would work as well? And also Greek yogurt instead of soy? They sound fabulous! Can’t wait to try them. Found this recipe on Pinterest.

    • Hi! Either of those milks will also work great. As for the Greek yogurt, I honestly never baked with it before I became vegan so I can’t say how it would work for this recipe. I used the soy yogurt to add moisture, and regular yogurt would work and so would an equal amount of applesauce or even bananas (or half of one, half of the other, etc). But I can’t comment on substituting Greek yogurt. Sorry!

      • Thanks Nikki! I have used applesauce and bananas before when making some banana nut muffins, so I think I could give those a try as well. I was just trying to see if any of the things that I ususally have on hand would be a suitable substitute! I’m always looking for a healthier way of cooking and baking. I may have to make these this weekend then for a yummy warm winter treat!

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