Cooking for a Child with Type 1 Diabetes: Applesauce Pancakes!


When your child is living with type 1 diabetes, preparing foods can be a difficult process when trying to make the whole family’s bellies and palates happy. Luckily, there are plenty of diabetic-friendly recipes out there that are both easy and tasty!

Here is one of my favorites for breakfast: Applesauce Pancakes with sugar-free Maple Syrup! Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, but pancakes are something your child can easily (and gladly!) be your sous-chef for!



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • Sugar-free maple syrup (optional)


  1. Combine flour, baking soda, salt & wheat germ in a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, unsweetened applesauce, vegetable oil & egg.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry, stirring until they are thoroughly combined.
  3. Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet coated evenly with cooking spray over medium heat.
  4. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup of your batter onto the skillet, forming a 5-inch-or-so circle. Cook your pancakes until you see the tops of them covered in bubbles and browning around the edges. Once this happens, it’s time to flip your pancake to the other side (my favorite step in making pancakes by far)!
  5. After the pancakes are nice and fluffy, serve with maple syrup and a high five for your star sous-chef!

Nutritional Facts
Amount per serving
(Serving Size= 1 pancake, about 10 servings in this recipe)

  • Calories: 74
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 1.8g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 11.5g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 143mg
  • Calcium: 0.0mg

*Note: One tablespoon of sugar-free maple syrup has 8 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrate.

Happy eating!

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