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Easy Homemade Apple Pancake Syrup

We love pancakes and waffles in our house, and we eat them often. I will admit that I am a fan of lots of syrup on my pancakes and waffles. However, I know that syrup is not very healthy.

We like to use real maple syrup, but this gets expensive when you are feeding a family. I do keep it on hand, but we try to use is sparingly. I have also made my own syrups. I make a buttermilk syrup that we really enjoy and I have made berry syrups that are also very good, but I am always looking for new ideas.

I recently saw a recipe for an apple syrup in a magazine. It sounded like something my family would enjoy, and I liked the fact that it was so easy to make.

I tweaked the recipe a little and it turned out great. The one thing about this is that you should only make what you will use. Once cooled, this really thickens. We did eat the leftovers and they tasted fine, but the syrup was really thick. So, depending on how much you need you may want to half this recipe.

This post linked to Frugal Fridays.

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  1. I’ve been making this all month b/c I’ve got 2 gallons of frozen apple juice in my basement. 🙂

  2. i made this one too and the apple pancakes in the sample magazine article-yum!

  3. This looks great! Think I am going to make this tomorrow a.m. I guess you could use any flavor juice?


  4. We eat homemade applesauce on our pancakes, waffles and French toast all the time. This sounds really good though! I’ll have to give it a try.

  5. Not gonna lie, but I stick to maple syrup (the real stuff of course). However, this sounds like a fun alternative =D.

  6. yum!! thanks for sharing!

  7. I just made this tonight for our breakfast for dinner. I think apple syrup is a new family favorite! My husband asked me to make it every time I make pancakes. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. I had apple cider in the refrigerator, so I substituted it instead of the apple juice. YUMMY!!! I made it a day ahead & just reheated it in the microwave the next morning. It is wonderful on whole wheat belgian waffles!

  9. Could this be mde up and put in jars to give as gifts? How long would it stay good?

    • I usually keep it a week or so in the fridge, so I am not sure how well it would work as gifts unless you give it away shortly after making it.

  10. Joshua Jarman says:

    I make this often, but I only use 100% apple juice. put a gallon or two in a stock pot and simmer on low heat until you have a thick golden syrup. the apple flavor gets so strong when you cook down the actual juice instead of adding cane sugar. people always rave about it and most people like it better then maple syrup even. i’ve kept bottles in the fridge and it keeps just as long as maple syrup does.

    I’m a grad b maple syrup fan, but real 100% apple syrup knocks my socks off.

  11. why the butter? can it be done without? or with coconut oil?

  12. oh please do more of these recipes..we love pancakes and french toast so would love more healthy versions than the store bought syrup!!!

  13. Lynn Sled says:

    This recipe is the best. Not too sweet and does not over power pancakes. I have been making the recipe from this website for about 4 years. Family loves it. I freeze leftovers and reheat in microwave. Great!


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