pancake muffins {lifehack}

filed under: Muffins on May 4, 2015
Pancake Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

With a large family breakfast usually goes one of two ways:

1. Make just enough and everyone is happy and full. 

2. Make way too much and have lots of leftovers.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pancake Muffins
Servings: 16 muffins
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 c 187g all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 1/4 c 280g milk
  • 1 tsp. McCormick® vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp. 43g butter, melted
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, vanilla, egg, and melted butter; mix until smooth.

  3. Using a 1/4 cup as a scoop, put batter into a muffin tin that has been greased/sprayed/buttered.
  4. Choose your garnish (fruit, bacon, egg, chocolate chip) and use about a tablespoon for each muffin. Be sure to press the garnish down into the batter.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Best served warm and with syrup.


With a large family breakfast usually goes one of two ways:

1. Make just enough and everyone is happy and full.

2. Make way too much and have lots of leftovers.

LIFEHACK! Pancake Muffins~ seriously the best!

(or does this happen with every size family??)

Well, this sweet “lifehack” is kinda the best find ever. I am still making the same ole delicious pancake recipe we love, but they are in muffin form.

LIFEHACK! Pancake Muffins~ seriously the best!

So. As everyone finishes up their breakfast and says, “My belly is SO full!” and “I am stuffed!” I simply put the pancake muffins on a plate and set aside.

One hour later when people start wondering back in the kitchen claiming they are starving I get to say, “Grab a pancake muffin!”

They happily do.

And I don’t roll my eyes and wonder how one goes from being full to starving in 4 minutes.

Recipe slightly adapted from

Here is a quick video on how I made them!

We have since made these with chocolate chips which the kids absolutely love. I mean, of course, they do. It’s chocolate.

I love the versatility of this awesome breakfast treat and love that it is so easy. I also love that our delicious breakfast turns into an all-day long snack!

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  • Joanne says:

    Seeing as how I HATE flipping pancakes but LOVE eating them…I need these muffins in my life.

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    Love this, Amanda! Will make these this weekend.

  • The EXACT thing happens, even in our household of two! These are the perfect solution.

  • kristin says:

    Brilliant! Who doesn’t love chocolate chip pancakes? I used to love butterscotch chip with maple syrup. I say “used to” because I know I can’t load up on pancakes or there will be no eating cookies later in the day. 🙁

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    I absolutely adore pancakes so these are at the top of my list! Oh yeah!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:


  • Fanny @ Oh Sweet Day! says:

    Hi Amanda, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve recently made a cake for Mother’s Day, and it was inspired by your book “Surprise-Inside Cake”. I can’t express enough how much I adore that book! It’s like my bible now, except I’m a long way to go to tackle my “3D deficiency”. Feel free to hop over to take a look. 🙂

  • Shinee says:

    Huh, pancake muffins? Can’t wait to try this awesome life hack!!!

  • Amanda this is genius! You get muffins + pancakes!! Perfect brunch idea.

  • Passade says:

    Yummy, yummy pancake muffins. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Stacey says:

    I love these! Definitely making them soon for the kids, I know they would think they’re the best things ever. Plus, they love taking pancakes in their lunches – and these would pack a lot easier! Pinned!

  • heather @french press says:

    we absolutely love pancake muffins – SO much easier than flipping all morning long

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    This is brilliant! We always have a couple leftover pancakes that no one eats. Definitely need to do this next time!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    Ok, Amanda, this is seriously GENIUS!!!! I’m totally in love with this idea so much so that I am going to do it this weekend! I come from a family of 6, and breakfasts were usually the same-either not enough or way too much with leftovers! Since this weekend is mother’s day (happy mother’s day to you btw) I am going home and am going to include these pancake muffins as part of our menu!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    I completely understand why everyone loves these, they look so good. And what a great idea to turn a pancake into a muffin!

  • Kelly says:

    Love this idea! We always have leftovers and these are the perfect way to make them portable too!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout says:

    These look delicious! I love the ease of them- I’m awful at flipping pancakes 🙂

  • Shiloh says:

    I have a question. Would boxed pancake batter work just as well as your homemade batter? I was thinking of making these for Mother’s day breakfast. Thank you!

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    What a great idea!

  • Monica says:

    There’s just 3 of us but leftovers are a beautiful thing here, too! I have always wanted to try pancake muffins. Love how yours turned out and the topping options are a great idea.

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks says:

    Pancakes and muffins all at the same time = perfect happiness!

  • Christina says:

    I made these this morning for breakfast for my family and found them far too salty. I think a quarter teaspoon would be fine.

    Instead of putting the garnish on top, I part-way filled the muffins cups, put in a dollop of blueberry jam, and then filled them the rest of the way. I was afraid the jam might burn on top, but I can see that the other toppings would work on top.

    Another suggestion: I think mine might have raised more if I had let the batter sit for five or ten minutes before baking, just like a real pancake recipe.

  • Alma Capelle says:

    I love to learn more about baking

  • Lorraine says:

    After trying out quite a number of muffin recipes on the net in search of one I really liked, I was about to think a light, airy muffin didn’t exist. I needed a recipe with low or no sugar (hubby is diabetic). I was a little concerned at first because the batter seemed a bit thin, but the muffins were exactly to my liking. I did add a tiny bit of those flavored tubey things (root beer) people put in cold water which added sweetener so no sugar was needed. Also I added a little cinnamon to the batter. I didn’t add any special toppings because the muffins were delicious just as they were. Thank you for a great recipe.

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