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No-added-sugar Apple and Cinnamon Scotch Pancakes

Posted on: 8th July 2013

Posted in: Recipes, Snacks, Weaning

This is my homemade scotch pancake recipe. It uses sweetener, but if you would rather avoid sweetener, you can use sugar instead. I tend to use a ‘stevia’ sweetener. This is a relatively new sweetener on the market, made from extract of the stevia plant, grown in America and known for its naturally sweet leaves. It is a natural sweetener, rather than artificial. I will leave the choice of what to use up to you! These pancakes make a great healthy snack for children and weaning babies (fab finger food), and are also a good snack or pudding for diabetics and healthy eaters. When I had gestational diabetes, I made lots of batches of these pancakes, experimenting with different fruits and no-added-sugar flavourings.


  • 135g of self-raising flour
  • 35g wholewheat flour (this increases the fibre content, but you can just use self-raising if you don’t have any)
  • 2-3 level tablespoons sweetener (you want the equivalent of 25g sugar – it depends which sweetener you use. The label on the sweetener should contain a guide on how to convert between spoons of sweetener and equivalent grams of sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 200ml milk (I used semi-skimmed)
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Measure the flours, baking powder, sweetener and cinnamon into a bowl
  • Mix egg and milk together in a separate jug/large mug with a fork
  • Add the egg/milk mixture to the flour mixture, mixing together well with a fork or whisk. Leave the pancake mixture to stand
  • To stew the apples: peel and chop apples, and place them in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of tap water. Cook on medium heat, simmering until the apples are soft. Remove from heat and blend the apples
  • Add the blended stewed apples to the pancake mixture
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil (about 1/2 teaspoon initially, and you can add a little more if needed halfway through the cooking process) to a frying pan and heat until sizzling
  • Using a tablespoon, add 4 dollops of mixture (each being a good tablespoon-full) to the frying pan at a time (see picture 1 below), using the back of the spoon to shape quickly into a circle
  • Once you’ve finished adding the 4th ‘dollop’, the first one you put in the frying pan should be ready to turn over. Turn all pancakes over and cook for 1/2 minute on the the second side
  • Continue until all the mixture has been used
  • Enjoy your healthy homemade treats!


This recipes makes 22 scotch pancakes

Cost per serving

The entire cheesecake ingredients cost £4.50 – that’s only 38p per serving!

Nutritional information

Each pancake contains a minimal 39kcal and 0.9g fat, and no added sugar (only natural sugar from the apple)

Tips / Serving suggestions

  • You don’t have to use appes – other fruits which work well include blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Soft fruits do not need to be stewed like the apple
  • If you need/want to gain weight, use sugar instead of sweetener and add a knob of butter and some extra oil in the frying process

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