These bite-sized Pancake Bites are a delicious twist on traditional pancakes. Imagine fluffy pancake batter poured into a mini muffin tin, mixed with your favorite add-ins like juicy blueberries or chocolate chips.
Mini muffins and mini pancakes have joined forces to make the most perfect little mini pancake bites! If you’ve been around this blog a while, you know that I love a good pancake recipe. Funfetti pancakes are a birthday favorite, and red velvet pancakes are always a holiday tradition. Oh, and I have a healthy obsession with cinnamon roll pancakes.
So, it should come as no surprise that I’ve come up with another fun way to serve fluffy warm pancakes. These pancake mini muffins are kid friendly and so easy to make. This recipe will walk you through how to make a pancake batter from scratch. However, you can even use this method with box pancake mix!
So sit back and relax, because I’ve breakfast figured out for ya. Throw a breakfast casserole in the crock pot and pop these pancake bites in the oven. Easy peasy!
Why You’ll Love Pancake Bites
- These are a great on-the-go breakfast for busy mornings, but they’re a fabulous snack option too. There’s really never a bad time to have a mini muffin pancake.
- This recipe can be easily adapted to fit dietary preferences and flavor preferences. You can really use any toppings you want!
- These bite size pancakes are an especially great make-ahead breakfast item. You can store them in the refrigerator or freezer until needed.
Ingredients for Mini Pancake Bites
- Flour – All purpose flour will be the base for this easy breakfast recipe.
- Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk, that’s ok! You can use regular whole milk or 2% milk. Buttermilk just adds a really tasty flavor to pancakes.
- Butter – Salted and unsalted butter will both work great for this recipe. If you use unsalted, you will be able to more easily control the salt level in the pancake batter.
- Baking powder – Baking powder will act as the rising agent, making your pancake mini muffins light and fluffy.
- Sugar – Sweeten the pancake batter just a touch with a tablespoon of granulated sugar.
- Salt – A pinch of salt helps balance out the flavors in the batter.
- Vanilla – Vanilla extract gives pancakes a subtle sweet flavor that is perfect!
- Eggs – Allow eggs to come to room temperature before mixing into the batter. They will mix more easily when they’re not straight out of the refrigerator.
- Toppings – So many options for toppings! Here’s a few of my favorites:
- Chocolate Chips
- Cereal (like Fruity Pebbles!)
- Jam or Jelly
- Bacon bits (a delicious savory option)
How to Make Pancake Bites
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a mini muffin tin by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Set the muffin pan aside.
- Combine all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl and set it aside.
- Beat buttermilk, room temperature eggs, butter and vanilla together in a small bowl. Then, slowly add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients stirring until just combined.
- Carefully spoon batter into the mini muffin pan, filling each cup to the top.
- Sprinkle your desired toppings on each cup of batter.
- Then, bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes until perfectly golden brown on the top.
- Once cool enough to handle, remove them from the muffin pan and serve with warm maple syrup.
What to Serve with Mini Pancake Bites
Scrambled eggs and crispy bacon are always a good option to serve with pancakes too! Or combine that into one item and make these bacon egg muffins. You could also serve something like this orange smoothie or berry smoothie alongside pancake bites.
How to Store Pancake Bites
FRIDGE: Place leftovers into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. If any of your pancake bites have cereal as a topping, keep in mind that the longer they are stored, the more soggy the cereal will become.
FREEZER: Put of all of the leftovers on a baking sheet in a single layer and place in the freezer to flash freeze. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Allow to thaw before eating.
How to Reheat Leftovers
To reheat, pop in the microwave or toaster oven until warm! Serve with more warm maple syrup.
Why are my mini pancake bites chewy?
If you end up with chewy pancakes, you likely over-mixed the batter. When you add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix until it is just combined. Over-mixed batter can yield chewy pancakes, and we all know those aren’t near as good!
Can I use mini muffin liners?
I would personally recommend just greasing your mini muffin tin so that you don’t have to take the time to peel liners off of each pancake bite. However, if you know things have a tendency to stick to your mini muffin pan then I suggest you use liners!
- Use a variety of toppings with each batch that you bake. Maybe use a different topping on each row of the muffin tin. That way, you have plenty of flavors!
- Don’t be afraid to make a double batch! These are a fabulous meal prep item and you can store them in the freezer for a few months.
- You can use a cookie scoop to easily add batter into each mini muffin cup!
Mini pancake bites are fun summer break breakfast, and are a great item for busy mornings too! Get creative and use fun toppings to make pancake mini muffins that are perfect just for you.
More Fun Mini Recipes You’ll Love
- There are a million fun ways to make pancakes and this Mini Pancake Cereal is one of them!
- Mini Quiche Cups are one of my favorite things to make for brunch. Fancy, bite-sized, and cute!
- Looking for an easily shareable dessert? Then you’ll love Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes.
- Summer lunches just got way easier. Check out these crispy Air Fryer Mini Corndogs.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tablespoons butter melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Toppings: cereal chocolate chips, fruit, jelly, bacon, sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray. Set pan aside for later.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a small bowl beat the buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla together. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture gently stirring until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared mini muffin pan, filling them to the top.
- Sprinkle desired toppings on each of the mini pancakes.
- Place the mini muffin pan in the preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown on the top.
- Remove and serve with warm maple syrup.