Banana Pancake Bites

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and my main motivation for getting out of bed each morning. I think about what I’m going to eat the following a.m. as I lie in bed each night. I’ve heard friends remark that they “just can’t eat so early in the morning,” which, to me, sounds like: “I completely forgot today is Christmas.” Ludicrous.

Some people have gambling and drinking; I have breakfast foods. Don’t take them away from me.

During the workweek, I’m perfectly content with the ol’ cereal-and-milk routine, but on the weekend, I like to bring out the big guns. Check out the artillery:

Pancake bites are prepared just like pancakes, but instead of cooking them on a griddle, you use a muffin tin and bake ’em in the oven. They’re delish and a cinch to make. I’d say 12 regular-sized pancake bites are plenty for two people. They seem small, but they’re filling. And I’m someone who usually houses pancakes.

Go ahead and play around with the mix-ins. I did a few with solely banana slices, a few with strawberries, and then experimented with chocolate chips. My favorite one was banana-chocolate chip.


Click here to download a printable recipe.


  • 1 cup dry pancake mix (I prefer Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix)
  • 2/3 cup skim (or non-dairy) milk
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 banana, a handful of strawberries, a handful of chocolate chips, or whatever mix-ins you desire


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly spritz a 24-count mini muffin tin (or 12-count regular muffin tin) with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, stir together pancake mix, milk, and syrup until blended.

3. Divide the batter amongst the muffin cups. Sprinkle your mix-ins into each cup. Bake for 12—14 minutes, or until fully cooked.

Note: I found 14 minutes to be the perfect amount.


  1. They’re kind of like flat muffins. Pancake muffins… Puffins! And they look so yummy – definitely trying this.

  2. Looks delish. Reposting the link…

  3. Mike Schroeder says:

    As official taste-tester for the Midwest Maven, I can confirm their deliciousness! Definitely filling though. I had 6 and was full. They’re half the size of a muffin, so eating 6 is like eating 3 muffins. I think Jorie may have had 8… haha

  4. Another great idea. I look forward to trying it.

  5. Lynn-Mom says:

    How many weight watcher points? :) -Mom

    • Haha, the blogger who I got the recipe from actually calculated points. Two for a big bite, one for a mini bite. You’re welcome!

  6. I LOVE pancakes! I make them for dinner at least once a week, sometimes more. I’m totally making these after dinner to have as a snack tonight :)

  7. wowsers! Lightbulb moment, genius xxxx

  8. I tried this out this morning for my family and it worked absolutely perfect! Everybody enjoyed them. I changed it up a bit tho.
    Made pancake mix from package, spooned into muffin tins, and added 3 blueberries on top. THEY TURNED OUT AMAZING.
    Will no longer make normal pancakes anymore ;)

  9. Pancake bites are a genius idea!!!

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