Pancake Cereal: Tiny baby bite-sized pancakes you eat in a bowl, just like cereal! Top with traditional butter and syrup or take it over the edge by adding a bit of milk.
If you have been on social media at all the past few months, chances are you have seen these adorable bowls of mini pancake goodness popping up everywhere. I will admit, I was late to jump on the mini pancake cereal trend train because I was imagining flipping each individual pancake with a toothpick and decided I would stick to regular sized ones! But once I learned there are was no toothpick flipping involved, I gave it a try and I am so glad I did! My kids LOVE this pancake cereal recipe and it has become a regular Saturday morning tradition for us.
The Pancake Cereal Trend
This trend started on TikTok during quarantine. Somewhere out there, an everyday genius decided to use stay at home order boredom to turn the breakfast world upside down by using regular pancake batter and cooking it in tiny bite sized pieces. The result? Crispy little golden brown pancakes that are great with butter and syrup and also great with milk!
To make this recipe, you are going to use traditional pancake ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs and vanilla.
Making the Batter
Start by whisking together the dry ingredients. Next add the milk, eggs and vanilla. Use an electric mixer and try to get rid of any bumps in the batter. You want the batter to be extra smooth and slightly thinner than regular pancake batter. This way, the pancakes will cook faster and you won't have to turn them individually. It will also help you to control the size when you are putting them on the griddle.
Prepare to Cook
After your batter is made, you can preheat your cooking device. I recommend a big electric griddle for these. This will allow you to make TONS of mini pancakes nat one time. You can use an electric skillet or pan, but you will have to make several batches which will take a little longer. No matter what appliance you decide to use, make sure it has a nice coat of cooking spray before you add the batter.
How To Make Mini Pancakes
Once your cooking device is preheated, pour the batter into a condiment bottle or pastry bag with a small icing tip. If you don't have these in your kitchen, don't worry! You can also use a plastic bag with the edge cut off and it will work just fine.
Squeeze tiny circles onto the pan, spaced evenly apart. Because we made our batter nice and thin it probably wont puff up and spread too much.
How Long Do You Cook Mini Pancakes?
Because you are NOT going to flip each pancake with a toothpick like I thought, you want to cook them a little longer than normal on the first side. The mini pancakes are done when the bubbles from the batter pop and do not fill back in. At this point, you can use a spatula and start stirring them around until they reach desired doneness. If you are planning to add milk, I recommend cooking them until they are nice and extra crispy!
The first rule of mini pancake cereal is that is must be served IN A BOWL. It is "cereal" after all. From there you can get creative as you want. Here are some things to try.
- Traditional butter and syrup
- Splash of fresh milk
- The works: butter, syrup AND milk
- Whipped cream and fresh fruit
- Fresh Fruit Syrup
Let's face it, no matter how you serve these little bites of golden goodness...you can't really go wrong. Once you master this original recipe, you can try some of the more unique flavors. Check out this healthy chocolate pancake cereal , quick and easy strawberry pancake cereal or this absolutely stunning presentation that just happens to be vegan!
Have you tried this Tik Tok trend yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
- Griddle, electric skillet, frying pan
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir with a whisk to break up any clumps.
- Add the milk, butter and vanilla. Using an electric mixer on low, blend until smooth.
- Pour the batter into a condiment bottle, pastry bag or ziplock bag with the corner cut off.
- Preheat a pan, electric skillet or griddle to medium heat, about 300 degrees and coat with a light, even layer of cooking spray.
- Carefully squeeze little circles of batter onto the greased pan, skillet or griddle, being sure to leave space in between each circle.
- Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the batter bubbles to not fill in when they pop. Then, use a spatula to toss around until golden brown and crispy.
- Serve with butter and maple syrup or a splash of milk.
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