Recipe: Apple Cinnamon-Buttermilk Pancakes with Ensure

Last week, our registered dietitian, Denise Cykiert, surprised our patients and visitors with hearty stacks of homemade Apple Cinnamon-Buttermilk Pancakes made with Ensure.  It was part of a cooking demonstration to help our cancer patients prepare foods that will

Pancakes made with Ensure

Apple cinnamon-buttermilk pancakes made with Ensure to promote weight gain in cancer patients

help them maintain their health and weight while undergoing cancer treatment.  Here’s the recipe Denise used:


  • 2.5 cups of Betty Crocker Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 packets of Beneprotein
  • 1 can of vanilla Ensure Plus
  • 4 tablespoons of butter


  • 1 cup whipped cream topping
  • 2.5 cups of applesauce
  • Pinch of cinnamon – sugar (optional)

Combine pancake mix, eggs, vanilla, Beneprotein, Ensure Plus, and melted butter in a bowl.  Stir until batter is smooth and has thickened to a pancake batter consistency.  Butter a hot skillet and place about ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet to make a pancake four inches in diameter.  Cook pancakes until they are light golden brown on each side and the middle of the pancakes are fluffy.  To make topping, mix whipped topping and applesauce into a bowl and place on top of pancakes.

Makes 20 pancakes

Serving size 1, 4 inch pancake

Total Calories 167 and 5 g protein and 6 g fat per serving

Recipe Created By: Denise Cykiert, RD, Botsford Hospital Cancer Center, Farmington Hills, MI

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