Breakfast that the whole family will love in just 30 minutes? Yes! This healthy Upside Down Apple Pancake recipe is one that Registered Dietitian, Jodi Danen loves to make for her family. We do too!

Easy Skillet Upside Down Apple Pancake

I love an easy breakfast recipe. Especially one that is healthy and the kids love. Apples are just sweet enough to where the kids don’t think I am trying to get them to eat “super healthy”, and who doesn’t love a good pancake. Especially when it’s upside down! Upside down pancake? Yes! To make an upside down pancake, you simply saute your apple slices in an oven-proof skillet, then pour on the pancake batter. Once you have baked your apple upside down pancake to perfection, you invert it onto a plate and it looks like you have yourself a fancy breakfast! No one has to know that it’s actually really easy to make…and ready to be served in just 30 minutes.

It’s time to switch up your classic pancakes with this simple Upside Down Skillet Pancake made with fresh apples. Top with a drizzle of syrup, yogurt, and fresh fruit for a breakfast the whole family will love. My kids have been known to even put a dollop of vanilla ice cream on our Upside Down Apple Pancake.

Easy Upside Down Apple Pancake

You can never go wrong with whipping up some quick pancakes. However, it’s time to switch up your classic pancakes with this easy skillet pancake recipe. It’s easier enough to make on any weekend, but it’s pretty enough to serve during the holiday season for guests. When the holiday season rolls around, this is definitely the kind of breakfast you want to sit down with your family for.

Upside Down Apple Pancake

Nutrition Tip: Apples are an especially filling fruit, ranking high on something called the “Satiety Index”. They’re even more filling than foods like bananas and yogurt!

When it comes to selecting your apples, it’s all preference. Go for green if you want to eliminate some of the sweetness. You can learn about the different types of apples here.

Best Upside Down Apple Pancake

We also recommend using whole grain pancake mix for extra nutrients.

Serve this Upside Down Apple Pancake with a side of eggs and turkey sausage for a protein filled breakfast. Don’t forget some freshly squeezed orange juice for that morning rush of vitamin C.

Upside Down Apple Skillet Pancake

Jodi Danen, RD
Brunch is served! Switch up your classic pancakes with this simple Upside Down Apple Pancake.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast & Brunch
Servings 6
Calories 140 kcal


  • 2 medium apples peeled, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup whole grain complete pancake mix
  • 1 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Heat oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add apples, syrup, butter and pumpkin pie spice. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until bubbly and apples are softened.
  • Whisk together pancake mix and water in separate bowl. Pour over apples.
  • Place pan in oven and bake 20 minutes, or until pancake is set. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to loosen pancake from skillet. Place large plate over top of skillet and flip to release pancake onto plate.


Serve with eggs and turkey sausage for a hearty breakfast that is also protein-filled.


Calories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 113mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 204IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apples, baking, breakfast, brunch, easy recipes, poancakes, skillet
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