If you are anything like me, as a mom, you look for ways to get creative with home cooked foods, especially when it comes to feeding the kiddos. My boys (7 & 8) love my pancakes, but we eat them often, so when I suggested them this morning they were not overly excited. I knew however, they needed a good breakfast before heading off to a baseball game.
Inject fact: I am not a fan of single use appliances. I live in a condo – so space is limited for unnecessary play-things in the kitchen…
This morning after hearing the disappointment in my one son’s voice at the thought of pancakes, I began to peruse the kitchen for another idea… I used to own a waffle stick maker, but I got rid of it because it took up space and I never used it. As I was perusing the kitchen I came across another single-use appliance that for whatever reason I had hung on to and within 10 minutes, my brainstorm was a huge hit… Easy Peasy Pancake Bites!
Start with your favorite fluffy pancake mix… Mine includes:
- About 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg
- About 1 tsp baking power
- About 1 tsp salt
- About 2 tsp sugar
- About 1 tsp melted butter
- About 1 1/2 cup milk
I don’t typically measure – start with your dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix with a fork. Add butter, egg and milk until consistency is right for pancake batter (eyeball it), it should stir nicely – not too thick, but thick enough! (If you are worried, you can do a search for a simple pancake recipe and get actual measurements, but I dare you to try without!)
I add stuff to mine – like chocolate chips, or Tastefully Simple Caramel Cinnamon Sprinkles – this time I split the batter into two bowls and made half chocolate chip, and half cinnamon caramel.
Using a cake-pop or donut-hole maker, after it’s warmed up – spray with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each hole and close the lids for about 3-4 minutes each batch.
I serve with a little bit of fat-free maple syrup for dipping. Using the approximate measurements above it yielded about 24 bites.
Serve up and enjoy!