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Cereal Pancakes! Tips and Tricks on How To Make Mini Pancake Cereal

Pancakes, but make it MINI! These super cute tiny pancakes are the cutest quarantine breakfast you’ll ever make and eat!
Posted May 5, 2020 by Stephanie
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I love all mini things, especially mini food. I’ve had a thing for mini pancakes for a while (see these mini strawberry shortcake cuties), so when I started seeing a huge amount of pancake cereal TikToks, I knew I had to make some! Trust me when I say that pancakes taste better when they’re mini. 10/10 would recommend.

What is pancake cereal?
Pancake cereal is just pancakes, but mini, so they’re cereal sized! Imagine tiny, tiny freshly cooked pancakes in a bowl and there you have it: pancake cereal!

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How do you eat pancake cereal?
To fork or not to fork…I’ve seen people use a fork to poke the pancakes essentially making mini stacks of pancakes and I’ve also seen people using a spoon. I think how you eat them is up to you. I’ve tried them both ways and I think it depends on how big you make your mini pancakes. Obviously if your pancake are really teeny you won’t be able to use a fork. Go with your gut and just do you.

Milk or No Milk?
This one is up to you too! I like my pancake cereal with just butter and syrup, but if you’re a milk lover, by all means, pour some milk on there. Just don’t be all crazy and put the milk in the bowl first, mmmkay?

Pancake cereal flavors to try?
Here’s where you can go crazy and have some fun. You can do chocolate pancakes for a cookies ‘n cream pancake cereal, add some strawberries or marshmallows, or cinnamon sugar, or nuts, add oreos for oreos pancake cereal, bananas, vanilla, sprinkles, the world is your pancake cereal canvas so go wild!

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What equipment do you need to make pancake cereal?
You just need a regular bowl, a non-stick frying pan (very important when making pancakes), a squeeze bottle or ziplock bag with the tip cut off, a spatula (or a pair of chopsticks) to flip, and a bowl to eat out of.

Side note: I like using an electric crepe maker because it’s the absolute best at keeping the heat at the proper temperature – I use it whenever I make pancakes.

How to make pancake cereal

First off, make your pancake batter. I like to use my favorite pancake recipe because it’s the perfect consistency for piping out into pancake cereal, not too thick and not too thin. My recipe makes enough for one big bowl of cereal or two smaller ones and is perfect because it doesn’t use up too much flour or butter.

You can use my favorite recipe (see below), your go to pancake recipe, or boxed pancake mix. Whatever you end up doing, make sure the pancake batter is not too thick and not to thin or runny. If the batter is too thin all the pancakes will run into each other.
If it’s too thick you won’t be able to pipe it out. Make sure it’s not too lumpy either or it won’t pipe out smoothly.

Once your pancake batter is mixed up and the right consistency, put it into a squeeze bottle with a small opening OR put it in a ziplock bag. Don’t cut off the tip of the ziplock bag until you’re ready to cook. Also, it’s better to make the cut on the bag pretty tiny. If the hole is too big, your pancakes will also end up pretty big.

When your batter is ready, heat up a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Brush a thin layer of oil on your pan. Pipe out small pancakes or drop the batter by the 1/4 teaspoon and cook until small bubbles form on the surface and at the edges. Flip and continue cooking until golden brown, about 30 seconds more.

Pancake Cereal Tips and Tricks

• Use oil instead of butter for the pan. Butter has a low heat point so it’s better to use oil if you don’t want your pancakes to end up burnt-looking.

• Keep the pan on low heat to start and then turn up the heat once you’ve piped out all the pancakes. Or, if you’re really slow, you can heat the pan, then turn it off, pipe out the pancakes, then turn the stove on after you’re done to cook them.

• Pipe the pancakes out smaller than you think – they will spread a tiny bit. If you want extra mini pancakes, your pancake batter should just be smaller than the size of a dime.

• If you’re not particular, use a giant flipper to flip all your pancakes at once. Or, use a pair of chopsticks to flip over each pancake individually. You can even just shake and toss the pan.

• If you want your pancakes to be warm, keep them warm in the oven. Because they’re so tiny, they don’t stay warm for very long. If you want warm pancakes, keep them warm in a low oven.

That’s it! Pancake cereal is just about the cutest thing you’ll ever make for breakfast. If you makes some, tag @iamafoodblog on instagram, I’d love to see.

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Happy cereal pancake making!

PS – If you love mini pancakes, check out these mini strawberry shortcake pancakes, mini Japanese soufflé pancakes, and these mini Japanese dorayaki pancakes!

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Pancake Cereal Recipe

Pancakes, but make it MINI! Pop these super cute tiny cereal sized pancakes in a bowl for pancake cereal!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk you can use milk too
  • 1.5 tbsp whisked egg
  • oil for the pan

Instructions

  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Add the whisked egg and buttermilk to the bowl, gently combine with a fork, being careful not to over mix, but mixing out all the large lumps
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  • Pour the pancake batter into a squeeze bottle or ziplock bag with a tiny corner cut off. Or you can use a teaspoon to scoop it out.
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  • Heat up a non-stick pan over over medium-low heat. Brush a thin layer of oil on your pan. Squeeze out mini pancake (or drop the batter by the teaspoon) and cook until the pancakes start to bubble. When you flip them, they should be golden brown. Continue cooking for another 30 seconds or 1 minute, or until golden brown. Scoop the pancakes out into a bowl.
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  • Serve with a pat of butter and drizzle with syrup! Milk optional :)
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Notes

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, make an easy substitute by mixing together a scant 1/2 cup milk with 1.5 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice. Do this at the beginning so it has time to thicken up.

16 Comments

  1. JT says:

    You can also mix 2 parts yoghurt and 1 part water with the outcome of buttermilk adjust the measurements to get the consistency needed.

  2. Sabrina says:

    ha, this is wonderful, how much fun! Don’t know about milk, but whipped cream, even ricotta might be even better with these, love how these are mini, thank you!

    1. Stephanie says:

      yes to whipped ricotta!!!

  3. Alice Vu says:

    How much egg is 1.5tbsp? It seems crazy to whisk an egg and measure out just a portion!

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi alice,
      it’s half an egg. if you want to use a whole egg you can double the recipe – i do a lot of small batch baking and measuring out eggs makes it a lot easier

  4. Velma says:

    Where can I get the bottle squeezer???

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi,
      mine is just an old one i got a long time ago – they sell them on amazon. or you can wash out an old condiment squeeze bottle :)

  5. Denise says:

    can i use self raising flour

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi,
      yes, just leave out the baking soda and powder :)

  6. Rak says:

    Thank you for this recipe! It turned out pretty well! 🥞 :)

  7. Erica says:

    Should I cook them for less time than a regular pancake because they’re so small?

    1. Stephanie says:

      yes, they only take about a minute to cook!

  8. Kik says:

    Dollar tree sells squeeze bottles And ketchup, mustard squeeze bottles. Empty ketchup/mustard bottles works also! Reduce Reuse Recycle!!! You can make bigger batch pour into your bottle; store in fridge for easy breakfast additions for several days. Fast, easy and the kids loved this stuff.

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