In a large bowl combine the oats, flour, baking powder and salt. At this point you can also add some optional spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or even a pumpkin pie spice blend.
In a small bowl whisk together the milk, apple sauce, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine. Let's stand for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a heated griddle or non-stick pan coated with cooking spray or canola oil. Cook until bubbles appear on the top & turn.
Cook until lightly browned. This yields 5 servings of 2 pancakes each.
Optional Sautéed apples. For one serving: Peel and dice one apple. Add to a pan with 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Sauté until tender. Pour over two pancakes.