When I think of caramel apples, I think hard, too sweet, and too much without a savory kick. It’s not satisfying even as a sometimes food. This is. Banana pancakes will give you some protein and savory, top that with cinnamon apples and homemade caramel syrup and this is the best version of carmel apples you’ll ever eat.
First, you need to decide on your pancakes.
We’ve had this with french toast, crepes, out-of-the-box pancake mix, and banana pancakes. As a sometimes food, figure out which one works best for you. However, if you want to eat on the healthy side, actually getting something from your pancakes, I’d recommend the banana pancakes.
They are super duper easy, so easy that they don’t seem possible.
Mash up banana until it’s creamy, mix in 2 eggs. Pour into hot skillet and cook on both sides. When cooked, they are darker on the outside than regular pancakes, but they are not burned or crispy, it’s just their color. Makes about 5-6 4-inch pancakes. Flip gently.
Now let’s talk apples. I love apples. I’ve cried over apples, true story.
I often get a wholesale box of apples (36 lb). I order via responding to an email, I mark my calendar when I need to pick them up from a designated location, then I pick them up on that date, at that time, at that location…unless we get busy doing other things and I forget to pick them up. I’m one of those suckers who loves honeycrisp apples. They hold up to everything I love about apples. In-store they’re crazy expensive but at wholesale price I’ve gotten them for as low as $0.74/lb.
Let’s just say that when I’m looking forward to eating good apples all week, postponing buying any other apples, then I forget…it’s not pretty. I think I might be a little weird that I’ve cried over this. But that’s okay. Everyone has to have something crazy.
The apples on top of these pancakes are one of my favorite things to make.
Cooked Apple Topping
2 Apples – crisper, sour, sweet ones are really good
Slice your apples and put in a small sauce pan with a little water and some shakes of cinnamon. Cover and occasionally stir. Make sure they don’t scorch to the bottom of the pan. I cook them until they are just soft with a little bite still left. If they are still hard and water is gone, put in a couple more tablespoons of water. You don’t want to have so much water that you have to drain it off, so keep an eye on them. The sugar in the apples is already sufficient to balance the cinnamon. Yum! I like these as leftovers straight out of the fridge. It’s like apple pie with only the good stuff.
With all this goodness happening, how can we have room for more?
T h i s c a r a m e l s y r u p .
Is it healthy for you. NOT at all. Sometimes food…for sure. But it’s okay to have sometimes food sometimes. This is the place you’ll want to let it in. I make a pot of this syrup and then store it in the fridge in glass containers. Reheated it for about 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave when you need it again. It does separate when in the fridge, so mixing after it softens is a good idea.
I’ve mostly eaten this on top of my cooked apple topping (above) and sliced bananas. It’s sugar and butter people. Dessert. All the healthy up to this point…banana and egg pancakes, simple cooked apples…it’s negated almost completely by this syrup. But I can’t help it sometimes.
When sometimes foods aren’t an option, go with the banana pancakes, apples, and regular real maple syrup. Enjoy your food, make your day great, and eat to live!