Easy Pancake Bites Recipe (Little Bites Copycat Ideas)

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If your kids love Entenmann’s Little Bites, but you don’t like the price tag, you can make your own copycat mini muffins using pancake batter and a mini muffin tin! Make a large batch and store in an airtight container and you have a great grab and go breakfast idea for busy mornings!

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I’m always looking for a way to make breakfast or after school snack ideas as affordable and easy as possible! Buying prepackaged snacks are the most obvious way to be ready for the day, but we all know you end up paying extra for convenience items. 

That’s why creating your own mini pancake muffins is a great idea! You can use your usual pancake batter and add any of your favorite toppings, and make a giant batch of mini pancake bites for the whole family.

You’ll be so glad to have the ultimate grab and go snack ready made in your fridge and freezer for the whole week (or month), for pennies on the dollar of what you could buy the pre-made version in store.

More easy breakfast ideas:

Why You’ll Love to Make This Easy Pancake Bites Recipe

  • When you make your own DIY snacks, it’s a little bit healthier than buying pre-made and pre-packaged snacks.
  • Making DIY mini muffins is an easy way to save money, because you are always paying extra for the convenience of pre-made snacks and breakfast ideas.
  • Bite-sized foods make an easy grab and go snack, breakfast, or lunch box essential for busy families!
  • There are tons of different flavors and toppins you can add to your bite-size pancakes, so each family member can enjoy this easy recipe their favorite way.
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Equipment Needed for Easy Baked Pancake Muffins

  • Large Bowl
  • Medium Bowl
  • Small Bowl
  • Cooking Spray (nonstick spray)
  • Mini muffin tin or silicone muffin form
  • Optional: mini muffin cups, cooling rack

Ingredients Needed for Delicious Mini Pancakes

Makes 96 pancake bites

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp syrup
  • 3 cup flour
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

You can also use your already pre-made, favorite pancake mix for an extra simple breakfast idea with less prep time needed!

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Optional Add Ins and Toppings

  • Warm Syrup
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Melted Butter
  • Nut Butter
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Lemon Zest
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Nutella (Hazelnut Spread)
  • Sprinkles

How To Make Easy Pancake Bites

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin tin with non stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Whisk together wet ingredients: eggs, milk, oil, and syrup in a medium bowl. In a separate large bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add dry mixture to wet ingredients, and stir just until mixed (don’t over mix, it’s okay if the batter is lumpy). This will ensure that your pancake bites are fluffy and not dense.

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Step 3: Pour batter into each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full.

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Step 4: Add in chocolate chips, blueberries, or toppings of choice.

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Step 5: Bake for 10-12 minutes until edge of each pancake bite is golden brown. Adjust cooking time as needed based on individual oven.

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Step 6: Serve warm, or store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Chip Pancake Bites

Follow directions as above. Add mini chocolate chips (or full sized chocolate chips) to batter before baking.

Blueberry Pancake Bites

Follow directions as above. Add blueberries to batter before baking. To add sweetness, consider adding 1/4 cup sugar to dry ingredient list when making the batter.

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Funfetti (Party Cake Copycat) Pancake Bites

Follow directions as above. Add colorful sprinkles to batter before baking. To add sweetness, consider adding 1/4 cup sugar to dry ingredient list when making the batter.

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Snickerdoodle (Cinnamon Sugar) Pancake Bites

To Make Cinnamon Sugar:

Add 1/2 cup sugar to a small bowl, then add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Mix well.

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Follow directions as above. Brush the tops of plain pancake bites with melted butter and sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon sugar mix.

Nutella (Hazelnut) Stuffed Pancake Bites

Follow directions as above with the following exceptions: Fill muffin cups halfway, add a dollop of hazelnut spread, and fill muffin cup the rest of the way with batter.

Baking Tips

Use silicone muffin cups or disposable muffin cups to make these pancake bites easy to transport for a grab and go breakfast, lunch, or snack.

Storage

Store pancake bites in an airtight container or ziploc bag for 3-4 days in the refrigerator, or in a freezer bag for up to 1 month (although they are usually all gone before that happens!)

To reheat, warm in microwave for 10-20 second increments until desired temperature.

These are great for meal prep so you always have a quick breakfast or after school snack ready to go.

What to Serve with Mini Pancake Bites

Serve these fun pancake bites with your usual breakfast staples like sausage, bacon, eggs, and fresh fruit. These also make a great snack idea on their own, or you can add them to a lunch box as a special back to school treat.

Mini Pancake Bites FAQs

How do I make these dairy free and gluten free?

I have not tested this recipe with almond milk, or almond flour however I imagine they would come out well. It might be best to use your favorite gluten free, dairy free pancake mix that you already love in order to ensure best results if making these for the first time.

Can I use a 12 cup muffin pan?

Yes! The pancake bites will simply be larger, and may need a slightly longer bake time to make sure they are done all the way through.

These easy mini pancake bites are the perfect breakfast idea when you also need the convenience of a muffin. Once you try the first batch, you’ll be eager to grab a cup of coffee, and experiment with every different flavor and topping idea to create memorable recipes for the entire family.

Be sure to come back and let me know how your mini pancake bites turned out!

Yield: 96 pancake bites

Easy Pancake Bites Recipe (Little Bites Mini Muffin Copycat Ideas)

Easy Pancake Bites Recipe (Little Bites Mini Muffin Copycat Ideas)

You'll love these easy grab and go mini pancake bites for busy mornings or a fun after school snack idea.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp syrup
  • 3 cup flour
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin tin with non stick cooking spray.
    2. Whisk together wet ingredients: eggs, milk, oil, and syrup in a medium bowl. In a separate large bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add dry mixture to wet ingredients, and stir just until mixed (don't over mix, it's okay if the batter is lumpy). This will ensure that your pancake bites are fluffy and not dense.
    3. Pour batter into each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full.
    4. Add in chocolate chips, blueberries, or toppings of choice.
    5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edge of each pancake bite is golden brown. Adjust cooking time as needed based on individual oven.
    6. Serve warm, or store in an airtight container.

Notes

Chocolate Chip Pancake Bites

Follow directions as above. Add mini chocolate chips (or full sized chocolate chips) to batter before baking.

Blueberry Pancake Bites

Follow directions as above. Add blueberries to batter before baking. To add sweetness, consider adding 1/4 cup sugar to dry ingredient list when making the batter.

Funfetti (Party Cake Copycat) Pancake Bites

Follow directions as above. Add colorful sprinkles to batter before baking. To add sweetness, consider adding 1/4 cup sugar to dry ingredient list when making the batter.

Snickerdoodle (Cinnamon Sugar) Pancake Bites

To Make Cinnamon Sugar:

Add 1/2 cup sugar to a small bowl, then add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Mix well.

Follow directions as above. Brush the tops of plain pancake bites with melted butter and sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon sugar mix.

Nutella (Hazelnut) Stuffed Pancake Bites

Follow directions as above with the following exceptions: Fill muffin cups halfway, add a dollop of hazelnut spread, and fill muffin cup the rest of the way with batter.

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