Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pancake Muffins


Pancake Muffin Recipe with Mix-ins - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

We are a breakfast-for-dinner family. 

But pancakes have always been my nemesis for two reasons:  1) I always walk away from the griddle and burn them, and 2) I spend most of the dinner flipping pancakes while the rest of the family is eating theirs.

But then I stumbled upon this amazing pancake trick from Family Fresh Meals, which solved both my problems by baking pancakes in a muffin tin.

Maybe this is old news to you.  It was a huge discovery for me!  So I just wanted to pass this on in case anyone else out there hasn't seen it.  Because it is seriously amazing.  And once you try it, you'll never go back to flipping pancakes again!


Pancake Muffins

Ingredients:

3 cups pancake mix (but not a mix that is "just add water")
Ingredients listed on pancake mix box (probably oil, milk, and eggs - although we will be substituting for the eggs in this recipe)
1/3 cup applesauce for every one egg required

Optional Mix-Ins:

Blueberries (Jim's favorite)
Apples + Apple Pie Spice or Cinnamon (B's favorite)
Red Raspberries + Dark Chocolate Chips (my favorite)
Milk Chocolate Chips (serve this one topped with peanut butter!)
Colored Sprinkles (J's favorite)
Ground Sausage, Diced Ham, or Crumbled Bacon + Shredded Cheddar Cheese
"Snickerdoodle" Topping: 1 Tbsp. Sugar + 1 tsp. Cinnamon + 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar, mixed

Pancake Muffin Recipe with Mix-ins - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

 Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350° F.

2.  Follow directions on pancake mix box to prepare the batter substituting 1/3 cup applesauce for every 1 egg needed.  (I use slightly less milk than required - 1/4 cup less to be precise.  This seems to help them turn out better when the batter is a little thicker.)

3.  Spray muffin or mini muffin tin generously with cooking spray.  Fill each muffin tin 1/2 full if adding mix-ins.  If not, fill 2/3 full.

4.  If adding mix-ins, do so now.  For the fruit, chocolate, and meat, take a spoon and gently press them into the batter.  Sprinkle cheese, sprinkles, or spices on top.

5.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick, inserted, comes out clean.  Serve hot with butter, maple syrup, peanut butter, etc.


Pancake Muffin Recipe with Mix-ins - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

Notes:  I like to slice them in half, just like you would a muffin.  Oh yeah, and spread peanut butter on the chocolate chip pancakes...yes, please!

Yield:  For me, this makes 2 dozen regular pancake muffins and 12+ mini muffins.

Storage:  Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in a storage container or bag.  Reheat in the microwave.

To Freeze:  Let pancake muffins cool completely on a cooking rack.  Label a freezer storage bag with the contents and date.  Place muffins evenly in one layer in the bag.  Place flat on a cookie sheet in the freezer.  When ready to use again, thaw muffins completely.  Then reheat in microwave as normal.

Pancake Muffin Recipe with Mix-ins - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


Now, making pancakes is so easy.  Which is awesome because they are hands down the kids' favorite meal...so we make it a lot!  We hope you enjoy it too!


Pancake Muffin Recipe with Mix-ins - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

               



P.S.  If you try these and come up with new mix-ins, let me know!  We'd love to try out your creations too!




I'm linking up here today!

27 comments:

  1. These truly are so good and so convenient!

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  2. These sound amazing! I'm sure my kids would LOVE them as we are a pancake-eating family. I love all of the different kinds you made!
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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  3. So easy! We will definitely have to try these soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I just got a muffin/cupcake pan so I plan on making these in the next week or 2 so that I have breakfasts pre-made.

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  5. Pancake muffins are such a good idea! I love all of the variety!

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  6. PANCAKE MUFFINS?! How amazing. I love that you can make them all at once. I love pancakes, but I hate that you have to wait for ALL of them to be finished and the the first ones are cold. This is a great idea.


    Found your blog on Oh Hey Friday. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. Those look yummy! Such a great idea!

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  8. These look yummy and oh so easy. I love pancakes but agree that it takes close supervision to make them. Your muffins seem like the perfect compromise. I'd love chocolate chips or blueberries in mine. I'll have to give your recipe a try.

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  9. What a great idea!! I'm going to have to cook some of these up for my little one, she would love them! They'd be a great snack food too!


    Thanks for linking up on the Saturday Spotlight! xo

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  10. We've just started getting into pancakes here, but I'm pretty bad at actually making them. The muffin version may just be my savior, especially if it means I can freeze them!!! Thanks for the idea!!

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  11. Nelle, you'll have to let me know how you like them! I know you'll love them though - because they're so easy and so delicious! -Jess

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  12. You'll definitely have to try them this way! You'll never go back to flipping pancakes again! Thanks for hosting! I love your new Every Girl link up! -Jess

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  13. I know to your girls will love them! And you too :) -Jess

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  14. It's so nice having a bunch ready to warm up for a quick meal...that's what we do too! You'll have to let me know how you like them! -Jess

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  15. It's great because there is something for everyone...and it's easy to make too! Thanks for hosting! I really enjoy your new Every Girl link up! -Jess

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  16. I know! When I first found this recipe, I was so excited for the same reasons! I'll never flip another pancake...or eat another cold pancake ;)...ever again! Glad these will help you out! :) -Jess

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  17. It's seriously the best - so easy and so good! -Jess

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  18. Recipes that need close supervision usually turn out poorly for me haha. I definitely need something I can walk away from (with a timer!). I'm a simmer cook :) Man, your recent recipes and food pics have been fabulous by the way! I have several new recipes to try...thanks! -Jess

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  19. You can't beat easy and delicious. Thanks for hosting! - Jess

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  20. I'm pretty bad at regular pancakes too...I rarely made them until I came across this recipe. I make them all the time now! You are going to love it! Thanks for hosting! - Jess

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  21. How fun! Hendrik is still way into those blueberry avocado muffins and I find muffins such an easy way to feed him... will definitely have to try out some of these combos. Great to know you can freeze too - a definite plus.

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  22. This looks so easy! I can't wait to try it:) Thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking up with us for H54F!!!


    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  23. Hey, I'm all about ease...and something that everyone will eat. These hit both, so they're perfect. Hope you guys like them too! Thanks for hosting, Anne! -Jess

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  24. Easy and delicious - a winning combination! Thanks for hosting! -Jess

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