Warm Apple Pancake Topping

Warm Apple Pancake Topping

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From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2014

In this healthy, warm fruit pancake topping recipe, apples are simmered with brown sugar, apple cider and a touch of vanilla extract to make this healthy alternative to maple syrup. This recipe is also fantastic when made with pears.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 1 cup apple cider plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


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  1. Bring 1 cup cider and brown sugar to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add apples, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the apples are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons cider and cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir into the apples and cook, stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Make Ahead Tip: To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
  • Per serving: 71 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 2 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 15 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 36 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 11 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 3 mg sodium; 107 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit

Reviews 1

June 17, 2019
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By: Caroline
I made this twice. The first time I followed the recipe but the vinegar taste was too strong for my liking. Not sure if it was because I used the Bragg's vinegar or maybe I didn't boil it long enough? The second time i used 3/4 c vinegar and 1/4 cup water and I liked the taste much better. Not sure how this affects the nutrition though. I like this recipe because it's low in fat and sugar and tastes good. Will definitely make again! Glad I found it!
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