Perfect Pancake Muffins Recipe

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Pancake Muffins are the perfect easy breakfast recipe! Simple to make with the ease of a muffin and the deliciousness of pancakes! A make-ahead favorite!

One of my favorite breakfasts to make for my family has always been a large batch of buttermilk pancakes. They always love them, and they are just right for a warm, delicious, comforting breakfast. These pancake muffins make an even easier version that is grab-and-go portable, make-ahead friendly, and always a favorite.

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But, let me tell you about these pancake muffins. This recipe has been one of my favorite easy breakfast ideas since my son was a toddler! He’s now in his 20’s! They are similar to ebelskivers, yet you don’t have to worry about standing over the pan on the stovetop and flipping them while they cook. The oven does all of the heavy lifting in this recipe, freeing you to do other things that need your attention!

Perfect Pancake Muffins Recipe

One recipe will make about 36 pancake muffins, making just the right amount to serve for showers, brunches, or when entertaining guests over the weekend. But let me tell you, my favorite part about this recipe is that you can easily freeze these little babies to make your mornings super delicious and super easy.

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How to Make Perfect Pancake Muffins

Thankfully, these muffins couldn’t be any quicker or easier to make!

Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

  • Flour – all-purpose flour is the flour of choice for these muffins. You can use a blend of whole wheat and white if you prefer.
  • Sugar – a little sugar is used to sweeten the batter and help give the muffins structure as they bake.
  • Baking powder – acts as a leavener in this recipe. The baking powder helps the muffins to rise.
  • Baking soda – baking soda is also used to help the muffins rise since this recipe uses buttermilk.
  • Salt – balances and enhances the flavors
  • Buttermilk – if you do not have buttermilk already on hand, use my simple two-ingredient trick for making homemade buttermilk.
  • Egg – you’ll just need one egg for this recipe
  • Butter – I like to use melted butter in this recipe. You can also use cooking oil if you prefer.
  • Maple syrup – warmed maple syrup is perfect for serving with these muffins! However, use whatever syrup you would normally use with your pancakes.

Optional Mix-Ins

Chocolate Chips – choose your favorite from semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate chips to stir into the pancake muffin batter. I love to use mini-chocolate chips. I think they are sized perfectly for this recipe. 

Blueberries – add blueberries to your pancake muffin batter for an added fruit serving to your breakfast. You can use another favorite fruit such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or chopped peaches. 

Lemon – add lemon zest and use lemon juice to make your homemade buttermilk. You can also add a splash of lemon extract if you like. 

Nuts – add chopped nuts such as pecans, walnuts, almonds, or another favorite nut. 

Cinnamon – during cooler months, I love to add a bit of cinnamon to the muffin batter and then top the warm muffins with a bit of cinnamon sugar.

Bacon – while I love to serve bacon along with my pancakes, you can also chop make-ahead or leftover bacon into the batter for added protein.

Sprinkles – add your favorite colorful sprinkles into the batter for a fun breakfast idea! Perfect for birthdays or to add excitement to your mornings!

Flavorings – use almond extract in place of the vanilla extract if using almonds in the recipe, lemon extract, coconut extract, or use your favorite flavoring.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Prep. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a mini-muffin pan with nonstick baking spray or use muffin liners and set aside.

Make batter. Mix the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients: buttermilk, egg, and melted butter in a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour the buttermilk mixture slowly into the flour mixture, stirring to combine as you pour. Allow the batter to rest for about 3 minutes.

Scoop and bake. Scoop the pancake batter with a cookie scoop and fill each indention of the mini muffin tin about 1/2 full. Bake for 13-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve. Then, dip them into warmed maple syrup and then pop them straight into your mouth! No forks are needed for these little babies!

Storage Tips

To make ahead. They are so practical for those rushed mornings since you can reheat the number of pancake muffins that you need in the microwave. Prepare the batter and bake as directed. Cool and store or freeze. Alternatively, you can prepare the batter ahead of time and bake the pancake muffins fresh when you want to serve them. Store the batter in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. When ready to bake, follow the recipe instructions, bake, serve, and enjoy!

How to Store Pancake Muffins. Pancake muffins store well in an airtight container on the counter overnight or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to Freeze Pancake Muffins. Once cooked, cool completely and then store in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve. Remove from the freezer and allow to thaw overnight. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warm. Serve with your favorite syrup.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I keep pancake batter?

Pancake batter made at home (flour, milk, eggs, … like in this recipe) can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It is best when stored in an airtight container.

Can you add flavorings to your pancake muffins?

Yes! I’ve included many optional mix-ins such as chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, sprinkles, and more!

More Favorite Breakfast Ideas

Here’s my Perfect Pancake Muffins recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Perfect Pancake Muffins Recipe

5 from 23 votes
Pancake Muffins are the perfect easy breakfast recipe! Simple to make with the ease of a muffin and the deliciousness of pancakes! A make-ahead favorite!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 36 muffins

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (36 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking soda
  • pinch (0.4 g) kosher salt
  • 2 cups (490 g) buttermilk
  • 1 (50 g) egg
  • 1/4 cup (56.75 g) melted butter
  • maple syrup

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a mini-muffin pan with nonstick baking spray or use muffin liners and set aside.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients: buttermilk, egg, and melted butter in a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour the buttermilk mixture slowly into the flour mixture, stirring to combine as you pour. Allow the batter to rest for about 3 minutes.
  • Scoop pancake batter and fill each indention of mini muffin pan about 1/2 full. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Serve with warmed maple syrup for dipping.

Notes

How to Make-Ahead, Store, and Freeze Pancake Muffins

To make ahead. They are so practical for those rushed mornings since you can reheat the number of pancake muffins that you need in the microwave. Prepare the batter and bake as directed. Cool and store or freeze. Alternately, you can prepare the batter ahead of time and bake the pancake muffins fresh when you want to serve them. Store the batter in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. When ready to bake, follow the recipe instructions, bake, serve, and enjoy!

How to Store Pancake Muffins. Pancake muffins store well in an airtight container on the counter overnight or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to Freeze Pancake Muffins. Once cooked, cool completely and then store in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve. Remove from the freezer and allow to thaw overnight. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warm. Serve with your favorite syrup.

 

Optional Mix-Ins

Chocolate Chips – choose your favorite from semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate chips to stir into the pancake muffin batter. I love to use mini-chocolate chips. I think they are sized perfectly for this recipe. 
Blueberries – add blueberries to your pancake muffin batter for an added fruit serving to your breakfast. You can use another favorite fruit such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or chopped peaches. 
Lemon – add lemon zest and use lemon juice to make your homemade buttermilk. You can also add a splash of lemon extract if you like. 
Nuts – add chopped nuts such as pecans, walnuts, almonds, or another favorite nut. 
Cinnamon – during cooler months, I love to add a bit of cinnamon to the muffin batter and then top the warm muffins with a bit of cinnamon sugar.
Bacon – while I love to serve bacon along with my pancakes, you can also chop make-ahead or leftover bacon into the batter for added protein.
Sprinkles – add your favorite colorful sprinkles into the batter for a fun breakfast idea! Perfect for birthdays or to add excitement to your mornings!
Flavorings – use almond extract in place of the vanilla extract if using almonds in the recipe, lemon extract, coconut extract, or use your favorite flavoring.

Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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64 Comments

  1. Debbie says:

    have you ever made this with Bisquick?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Debbie, I haven’t used Bisquick with this recipe.

  2. Erica says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Made them as written (oil instead of butter per recipe) and did mix ins including colorful sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or blue berries (the kids had a blast helping with this) and I made some with turkey sausage precooked links, cut into small pieces and dropped into the center of each pancake “muffin” to make “pigs in a blanket.” They were a hit. This recipe was a perfect base for these mix ins. Easy school day breakfast – make them on a weekend, they reheat well in the microwave, and kids jump out of bed for them. Keeper!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Erica, I’m so glad that your children seem to love these pancake muffins as much as my son did when he was little. He loved to help me make them, too. They are great reheated for a quick school day breakfast.

  3. Shara Ballmann says:

    I have made these amazing muffin pancakes for the grandkids when they come over. They love them. I add a swirl of syrup to the top before baking them. That way there are no sticky hands.

  4. Jane Anne Rose says:

    5 stars
    All my grandchildren LOVE these. Have made them many times!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so happy your grandchildren love these, Jane. My son and I always had so much fun making these when he was younger.

  5. Marie says:

    Try putting 3-5 blueberries in each mini muffin or a small piece of cooked sausage. 

  6. Chalsie Kook-Marche says:

    5 stars
    I made these this morning for my toddlers. Even my husband who does not like pancakes liked them. Great recipe. I added blueberries, put them in big muffin tins and baked @350 for 20 mins. Will be making these again .

  7. Njeri says:

    5 stars
    So, i guess i didn’t get the mini muffins part, i made regular…now 15 min later they are still not done. Waiting patiently.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I hope you enjoy them, Njeri. The recipe is written for mini muffins, so they will need to cook longer if you make them as regular sized muffins. Thanks!

  8. Brianne Fuller says:

    I don’t want to rate the recipe as written because I made a dairy free version due to a milk alllergy in the family. I substituted coconut oil for butter, almond ‘butter milk’ for buttermilk and used 1/2 c whole wheat flour + 11/2 c all purpose. The texture and flavor are a bit underwhelming to say the least. I love the idea and I’m sure the recipe as written is lovely but my dairy free version was a bit of a failure. My advice is to stick to the recipe if you don’t haveto make the required dietary adjustments that my family does.

  9. Cathy Diebold says:

    Made these delicious beauties today and my husband would not stop raving about them!!! I sprinkled a cinnamon/sugar mix on top of each mini-muffin before baking-a recipe my husband makes in big batches for when he makes his homemade cinnamon rolls-more cinnamon than sugar! I even added some of the cinnamon/sugar mix to the warm syrup…YUMMY!!! After he left to work I made another batch of them to freeze since it was so easy, fast, and scrumptious!!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so glad you and your husband both love them, Cathy! They are definitely easy little things to whip up and I love having them in my freezer for busy mornings! xo

  10. Lori M. Bosse says:

    If you freeze them, how do you recommend reheating them? How long in the microwave? Thank you in advance for your reply!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Lori,
      When I freeze these muffins, I reheat in my microwave. Microwave ovens vary, so the time will vary with them as well. You can try using your reheat setting or at 50 to 60% power and heating the frozen muffin in 20 second intervals until warm. I hope this helps. Enjoy your muffins! Thanks! xo