Easy Pancake Cereal

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Mini Pancake Cereal is the best new thing to happen to breakfast. Serving up bite-size fluffy pancakes breakfast cereal style brings an unexpected twist and a whole lot of fun to family breakfasts and brunches.

Suitable for vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

mini pancakes served n a bowl and topped with butter and maple syrup

If you love pancakes and you’re looking for an innovative way to serve breakfast this easy pancake cereal will be right up your alley. These tiny, bite-sized pancakes are not only adorable but also ridiculously delicious. Milk is optional but syrup is a must!

Folks, I’ve got a thing for tiny food. Not only is mini food adorable, but I happen to think that miniature versions of my favorite eats actually taste better. So you can imagine how excited I was to discover what I think is the best new thing to happen to breakfast: Mini Pancake Cereal.

Yeap, you read that correctly. We’re talking about delectable bite-size pancakes being served up just like breakfast cereal. It’s no wonder this tiny pancakes recipe is currently taking the internet by storm.

If you’re more of a traditionalist, go for my buttermilk pancakes or Instant Pot pancake bites but if you want to embark on a pancake adventure, these mini marvels will surely make your taste buds dance with joy.

Making tiny pancakes does take a little effort, but peeps it is soooooo worth it! Honestly, I can’t think of anything better than combining two of the best breakfast foods into one totally fun and totally delicious dish.

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Why Make This Recipe

  • They are delicious. Erm, pancakes people, pancakes…Kids and adults alike will find them totally crave-worthy.
  • They are affordable. This recipe is made from affordable pantry ingredients.
  • It’s fun. Making and eating mini pancakes cereal makes breakfast or brunch make super fun!
  • It’s great for portion control. The miniature size of pancake cereal allows you to enjoy a satisfying breakfast without feeling overly indulgent. It’s a great option for those who like to manage their food intake without sacrificing flavor.

Ingredient Notes

  1. All-Purpose Flour – All-purpose flour provides structure and texture. Consider substituting whole wheat flour for a nuttier flavor. Alternatively, gluten-free all-purpose flour can be used.
  2. Granulated Sugar – Feel free to adjust the sugar quantity based on your sweetness preference. If you prefer a sugar substitute, use alternatives like honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
  3. Baking Powder – The leavening agent that makes your pancake cereal fluffy.
  4. Salt – Enhances the overall flavor of the pancakes.
  5. Buttermilk – Adds a tangy flavor and helps activate the baking powder. If you don’t have buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Butter – Melted butter contributes richness to the batter. If you prefer a dairy-free option, use melted coconut oil or margarine.
  7. Egg – Provides structure and moisture. For an egg-free alternative, you can use applesauce, mashed banana, or a commercial egg replacer although this might slightly alter the texture.
  8. Vanilla Extract – Vanilla enhances the flavor profile.
  9. Oil or Butter for Cooking – Oil or butter keeps the pancakes from sticking to the pan.

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How To Make Pancake Cereal

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card further below.

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Then mix in buttermilk, cooled butter, egg and vanilla extract until combined.
  3. Make sure to mix until lumps are gone but avoid overmixing.
  4. Adjust batter as needed, if too runny add a little extra sifted flour, if too thick then add an extra tablespoon of buttermilk at a time.
  5. Leave the batter to sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a ziploc bag and cut a small hole for pipping.
  6. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan.  Once it is hot, switch off the heat and pipe the batter into small circles making sure to leave space between pancake batter.
  7. When done switch on the heat again and cook pancakes.
  8. Once the pancakes are a golden brown, flip them over and cook the other side till done. Remove and set aside somewhere warm.
  9. Repeat until all the batter is done.
  10. Serve with your favorite toppings.
image collage showing the steps for making mini pancakes pancake cereal

Pro Tips

  • Adjust the consistency by adding milk or flour as needed. If too thick, it will be impossible to pipe it out. If too thin, it will be runny and the mini pancakes will just blend together to become one big pancake.
  • Use a squeeze bottle or a ziplock bag with a small hole to pipe the batter into the pan.
  • Make sure to pipe the pancakes a little bit smaller than you want them to end up since they will spread a little bit more during cooking.
  • Do leave some space between batter circles so they don’t just become one big pancake. 
  • I use a wooden spoon or wooden skewers to turn these over, but you can also use chopsticks or a flat turner or spatula.
  • These cook very fast and they could burn whilst you are piping them out. To avoid this, heat up the pan then switch off the heat before piping out the batter. When done turn the heat back up to continue cooking.
  • Wait until you see bubbles forming on the surface of the pancakes before flipping.
  • Store them in the oven on low heat to keep warm while cooking the rest of the batter.

Delicious Variations

  • Vary the extracts. Almond essence, orange essence or lemon extract all add a unique flavor.
  • Spice them up. You can add things like nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cardamom, citrus zest into the batter.
  • Vary the milk. Swap in regular milk or a plant-based milk of your choice such as coconut milk or almond milk.
  • Top them off. Top the mini pancakes with banana slices, fresh fruit, nuts, whipped cream, chocolate chips or your favorite toppings.

Prep and Storage

  • Prep – These are best enjoyed right after preparing them.
  • Storage – Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Freezer – Flash freeze pancakes on a tray then transfer to a freezer back for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat – Reheat in the microwave.
mini pancakes being cooked in a large skillet

FAQs

What are mini pancakes?

So, what exactly are mini pancakes? They are just what you might suspect. Tiny, fluffy pancakes that are pretty much the exact size of your favorite breakfast cereal pieces. Serve them in a bowl (with or without milk), eat ’em with a spoon, and there you have it: pancake cereal!

What’s the best way to pipe mini pancakes?

These are several good methods for piping pancakes.
Cut a small hole in the side of a Ziploc bag and use that. Make the hole small so you don’t end up with large pancakes.
Or, use a piping bag fitted with the right size tip.
Use one of those squeezy bottles with the right size nozzle. You can also use a condiment bottle (make sure it’s been cleaned out first).
If you have one, a wider drink straw (like those used for smoothies) may even work.
You can use a teaspoon, but you would need to do this very carefully and precisely.

How to keep these pancakes from burning?

These cook very fast and they could burn whilst you are piping them out. To avoid this, heat up the pan then switch off the heat before piping out the batter. When done turn the heat back up to continue cooking.

How to serve and eat pancake cereal?

I think they are best served warm with a dollop of butter and some of your favorite maple syrup, date syrup, honey, or jam.
For the full pancake cereal experience, you can serve them in a bowl with milk. Be aware that, like many kinds of cereal, they will get soggy in the milk fast, so add them to the milk at the very last minute.

Can I make this with pancake mix?

You can use a pre-made pancake mix to save time. Just follow the package instructions, or adjust the ratios slightly if needed, and proceed with making your pancake cereal.

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a bowl of the finished mini pancake recipe

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  • A non-stick pan helps prevent the pancakes from sticking.
  • A stiff spatula makes turning the pancakes easy.
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Weight Watchers Points

There are 8 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.

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Mini Pancakes – Pancake Cereal

Learn how to make mini pancake cereal and fall in love with the best new thing to happen to breakfast!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 4
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup (177 ml) buttermilk plus extra as needed
  • 2 tablespoon cooled melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • oil or butter for cooking

Instructions

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Then mix in buttermilk, cooled butter, egg and vanilla extract until combined.
  • Make sure to mix until lumps are gone but avoid overmixing.
  • Adjust batter as needed, if too runny add a little extra sifted flour, if too thick then add an extra tablespoon of buttermilk at a time.
  • Leave the batter to sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole for pipping.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan. Once it is hot, switch off the heat and pipe the batter into small circles making sure to leave space between pancake batter.
  • When done switch on the heat again and cook pancakes.
  • Once the pancakes are a golden brown, flip them over and cook the other side till done. Remove and set aside somewhere warm.
  • Repeat until all the batter is done.
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Notes

  • Adjust the consistency by adding milk or flour as needed. If too thick, it will be impossible to pipe it out. If too thin, it will be runny and the mini pancakes will just blend together to become one big pancake.
  • Use a squeeze bottle or a ziplock bag with a small hole to pipe the batter into the pan.
  • Make sure to pipe the pancakes a little bit smaller than you want them to end up since they will spread a little bit more during cooking.
  • Do leave some space between batter circles so they don’t just become one big pancake. 
  • I use a wooden spoon or wooden skewers to turn these over, but you can also use chopsticks or a flat turner or spatula.
  • These cook very fast and they could burn whilst you are piping them out. To avoid this, heat up the pan then switch off the heat before piping out the batter. When done turn the heat back up to continue cooking.
  • Wait until you see bubbles forming on the surface of the pancakes before flipping.
  • Store them in the oven on low heat to keep warm while cooking the rest of the batter.
  • There are 8 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 2mg

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  2. 5 stars
    I have been seeing this all over TikTok and have been DYING to make it! This looks so perfect! Combines my two favourite breakfasts! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I cannot believe that I could find such cuties to make! I am sharing the recipe with my sister: her kids will be happy to make them and eat. Even for adults, these are a great snack, too. I would not stop eating them 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Such a fun and easy recipe! My kids went crazy for these mini pancakes. It’s just what they need right now!