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Whole Wheat Pancake Bites

Homemade buttermilk pancake batter is baked up as cute mini muffins in this quick and easy breakfast. Top your Whole Wheat Pancake Bites with mini chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, or nuts for even more flavor!

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com

Well, Monday officially marks back-to-school at our house (Pre-K and 2nd grade…here we come!), and I’ve spent much of this past week putting together my game plan for how I’m going to start off the school year all organized and prepared and super efficient. Although I recognize that this urge will likely fade away as the months weeks wear on, I’m at least momentarily motivated to think outside the box when it comes to breakfast and lunch options for my kids’ first week of school. So step back, cereal and oatmeal…next week I’ll be surprising my offspring with Whole Wheat Pancake Bites!

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com

You’ve likely seen this concept floating around Pinterest before, but Pancake Bites basically involve everyday pancake batter baked up in mini muffin form. Instead of spending a lot of time standing at the stove cooking and flipping a few pancakes at a time, this allows you to bake a batch of pancake batter all at once using mini muffin tins.

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com Even more exciting? These little cuties are fun (and tasty!) to embellish. Facing early mornings that first week of school can sometimes require a bit of extra coaxing, so I figured that sprinkling this batch of Pancake Bites with mini chocolate chips only made sense. However, if you want to go in a healthier direction, these mini pancake-y muffins are equally delicious topped with whole blueberries or raspberries, diced strawberries, peaches, bananas, or kiwi fruit…the list goes on!

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com Or you could add some toasted coconut and/or nuts. Or a sprinkle of cinnamon/sugar. Or a streusel topping. Or — if you’re feeling really wild and crazy — crumbled (cooked) bacon or sausage! Maybe I’m the only one that thinks that latter idea sounds promising, but as someone who enjoys dipping her bacon in syrup, I can’t wait to try it. And if my kiddos don’t enjoy that particular incarnation…oh well, more for me! 😉

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com The point is, whether you embellish them or leave them unadulturated, Whole Wheat Pancake Bites are going to be the hit of the breakfast table! They are perfection served warm with a small bowl of maple syrup for dunking. But they’re also yummy at room temperature if you find yourself short on time and need a breakfast option that’s easy to eat on the run or in the car.

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com I whipped up these babies using a simple pancake batter featuring whole wheat pastry flour and buttermilk. 100% whole wheat pastry flour makes them more wholesome while retaining a light flavor and texture, similar to that achieved with white flour. However, if you have your own favorite pancake batter recipe (whether it be homemade or compliments of Bisquick), I’m sure that would work swimmingly as well! If using a different batter than the one suggested here, just keep an eye on your pancake bites to make sure that you don’t need to adjust the baking time.

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com So who’s already back in school? If your summer is still going, how many weeks are left? And are you happy or sad about the demise of summer vacation? I love everything that summer entails, and I’ve loved having all of my kids home at the same time, but my endlessly-energetic and constantly-aggravating-each-other boys are about to make me lose my ever-lovin’ mind. So this mama is reluctantly ready to get back into a routine. And even if that routine involves once again waking up at an ungodly hour, at least I have Whole Wheat Pancake Bites to look forward to…once I pry myself out of bed, that is. 😉

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites

Yield: 55 to 60 mini muffins

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites

Homemade buttermilk pancake batter is baked up as cute mini muffins in this quick and easy breakfast. Top your Whole Wheat Pancake Bites with mini chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, or nuts for even more flavor!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (or any other topping), optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and maple syrup until well incorporated. Slowly pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients while gently stirring, and mix until just combined. Do not overmix; it's okay for batter to still have lumps. Allow batter to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. While batter rests, preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease or spray mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. Fill each muffin cup to the top with 1 tablespoon of batter (I use a small #70 cookie scoop). Sprinkle each muffin with mini chocolate chips. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until muffins are cooked through and starting to turn light golden brown. Allow muffins to rest in pan for 2 minutes before turning them out. Serve warm with maple syrup for dipping.

Notes

You may use white flour in lieu of whole wheat pastry flour, if desired.

If you don't have any buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by pouring 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (or white vinegar) into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Fill the remainder of the measuring cup (up to the 2-cup line) with milk (whole milk is preferred but low-fat/skim milk will work). Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before proceeding with recipe.

Making sure that your milk and eggs are at room temperature will prevent your melted butter from re-solidifying when it hits cold ingredients. I quickly bring my buttermilk to room temperature by zapping it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, and I still my eggs in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.

You may omit the maple syrup/honey in the pancake batter, if you wish.

You may leave your Pancake Bites plain or top them with mini chocolate chips, whole berries, diced fruit (strawberries, bananas, peaches, kiwi, etc.), raw or toasted nuts or coconut, crumbled (cooked) bacon or sausage, or anything else that sounds good to you!

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Pancake batter adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book (*affiliate link)

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com

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  1. Kristin S says:

    Love this – so many possibilities!!! Perfect for my middle-schooler who has to get up at o’dark-thirty to catch the bus this year, and the rest of us will enjoy them too 😉

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hope they’re a hit, Kristin! They really are fun to customize, and they’re perfect for making ahead of time for those early mornings. 😉 Happy Back-to-School!

  2. Debbie Caraballo says:

    I really like this – pinning! Thanks, again, Sam!

  3. Looks so yummy! I’ll be sharing on the little farm diary’s FB page! Found you on TT&J linky party!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Amy…I really appreciate it! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  4. What a great idea! I am going to try using “little smokies” precooked sausages to do a pigs in a blanket concept. To get some protein in my kids too. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yum! That’s a great idea, Deb. My kids would love that variation, too…thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. OH.MY.GOODNESS! I have made a simpler version of this recipe and I’m wild about your ideas for options. And using whole wheat too…YUM. Your photos are always soo inviting. Thanks a million for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come back soon.

  6. Ooooh my, these look way too good!! Your pictures are making my mouth water a little! 🙂 What a clever idea making it in a mini muffin tin! I like that you can just dip it into the syrup, or add fruit on top. I’m pinning this! Visiting from Create Link Inspire 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Amanda…I really appreciate your kind words! I hope you enjoy these if you have a chance to try them, and I totally agree that half the fun is in customizing them just the way you like them. 😉 Have a great afternoon!

  7. I hate standing over the hob and flipping pancakes whilst everyone is sat down and enjoying breakfast. These mini muffins would be a great way to serve up breakfast to everyone at the same time! Love the addition of whole wheat flour, too 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I totally agree, Nicola…I love pancakes but I’m not a fan of how long it takes to cook up a big batch of them. It’s nice to be able to actually eat at the same time as my family every so often. 😉 And I find myself sneaking in whole wheat flour everywhere I can…makes me feel slightly less guilty about using extra syrup — ha! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

  8. These look amazing! I love making baked pancakes, so much easier than standing there frying them!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yes, Amy! Isn’t having your pancakes all done at the same time the best part?! I bake pancakes in a pan sometimes as well, but the kids really enjoy dunking and popping them in mini muffin form like this. Thanks for the comment and I hope you’re having a great day!

  9. Hi Sam – I decided we hadn’t communicated enough this week. LOL Truthfully, wanted you to know I chose your yummy WW Pancake Bites as my personal fav at Weekend Potluck. =D Thanks much for sharing your beautiful photos and great recipes with us. Hope you enjoy an awesome weekend.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Marsha…thank you so much for the feature! And thanks for stopping back by to let me know. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week ahead is even better! 🙂

  10. jerrika Grissette says:

    May i use all purpose flour?

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