Mornings are not my thing. Little E and I have been sleeping in until 8:30 lately, and it’s been glorious. Sometimes I still don’t have energy or motivation to make a big breakfast. And breakfast is E’s favorite meal, so I feel the pressure to make a pretty good morning meal. My usual options are: Oatmeal with brown sugar, hard-boiled eggs, toast with cream cheese and fruit, crepes, scrambled eggs with chopped veggies and cheese, waffles, sausage and egg roll-ups, and pancakes.
Out of all of those meals, E’s favorite is pancakes. She loves them. But they are sometimes a pain to make and a pain to clean up (especially when you don’t have a dishwasher).
Thank goodness for Pinterest! I stumbled upon a few pins for something called “Pancake Bites”. Basically, you whip up pancake batter and pour it into muffin tin pans and bake. The best part about them is that you can freeze them! So you could make a huge batch on a day that you have the energy…and feed your young ones for months to come! Another benefit is that you can use any pancake recipe.
Here are some pancake recipes that I love, and I hope you will too:
- The Best Pancakes (This is a basic pancake recipe to which you can add anything from apples to zucchini)
- Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
- Cinnamon Apple Carrot Pancakes
- Maple Bacon Pancakes
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
- Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
- Lemon Poppy Seed Oat Pancakes
- Blueberry Granola Pancakes
Now that you have some good recipes in mind, let’s talk about turning them into pancake bites.
1. While mixing your pancake batter, turn your oven to 350°.
2. Fill your muffin tin with cupcake papers.
3. Pour your pancake batter into each cup, filling almost to the top.
4. Place your muffin tin(s) into the oven, and set the timer for 12 minutes.
5. After the timer goes off, check to see if the pancake bites are done by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the bite. If the toothpick comes out clean, they are done. If there is batter on the toothpick, leave them in for another 2 minutes.
6. Let the pancake bites sit in the muffin tin for a few minutes. Once they have cooled a bit, take them out of the muffin tin (tip: try using a fork to take them out) and place them on a cooling rack.
7. Enjoy or freeze for later. I put them into freezer bags and store them up to 3 months (that’s how long I’ve kept them, but their freezer life might be even longer than that). To thaw, leave on a plate with a paper towel or napkin underneath (to collect excess moisture), or heat in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.
Let’s see how little E likes them…
Looks like they are toddler approved by my picky eater! She usually eats 3 of them, and the best part is that you don’t need syrup for these delicious bites. They are yummy all on their own.