I love all mini things, especially mini food like these cereal pancakes.

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 are cereal pancakes?

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.

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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?

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.

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How to make pancake cereal

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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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!

Strawberry Shortcake Cereal Pancakes

These are the perfect summer cereal pancake: super mini vanilla cereal pancakes with juicy strawberries and soft whipped cream. Fork it or spoon it, either way these are the DREAM summer breakfast or brunch.

How to make strawberry shortcake cereal pancakes

  1. Pick the smallest strawberries at the store or farmer’s market – the smaller the berry, the sweeter.
  2. Wash and hull the berries, then cut them in halves or quarters. Sprinkle them with a bit of sugar and a tiny pinch of salt so the berries macerate and get super juicy.
  3. Make some softly whipped cream by pouring 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream into a chilled bowl with 1 tablespoon sugar. Whisk until soft peaks form (use an electric whisk if you have it!) then keep cold in the fridge.
  4. While the berries are getting juicy, make the pancakes as per the recipe below.
  5. Place the pancakes on a plate or bowl and top with the whipped cream and strawberries spooned on top. Enjoy!

This fluffy mini strawberry shortcake pancake recipe is perfect for summer. Super cute mini silver dollar vanilla pancakes topped with juicy strawberries and softly whipped cream. Like a strawberry shortcake for breakfast! #strawberries #strawberry #strawberrypancakes #strawberrypancake #strawberryshortcake #strawberryshortcakes

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!
Serves 1
4.85 from 20 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk sub milk or see notes
  • 1.5 tbsp whisked egg
  • oil for the pan


  • 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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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.

Estimated Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pancake Cereal Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1.5g9%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 793mg34%
Potassium 535mg15%
Carbohydrates 66.9g22%
Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugar 18.2g20%
Protein 13.4g27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  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.

    1. Orson says:

      You can just do half half milk and yoghurt

  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:

      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:

      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.

  9. Emma says:

    Hello this is so wonderful!???????

  10. Shalynn says:

    Heyy!!..I had a question…can we store the remaining batter in the fridge of something…will it get bad ..or like change the taste or texture??

    1. Stephanie says:

      yes you can store the extra in the fridge for a day or two :)

  11. Orson says:

    I doubled the recipe and found that my mixture was quite thin, I was worried about the flour at the start and thought there might be too much milk, this may be that I measured half with grams and half with cup measurments, as I am english and use the metric system.

  12. Monica says:

    We didn’t have buttermilk, so put milk instead. The pancakes tasted bitter so I think leave out the baking soda of using milk.

  13. Mahrooh? says:

    This is Amazing i will make it today!! It’s so delicious??♥️

  14. Rutuja says:

    Hi! The recipe seems awesome.
    Can I follow the exact same recipe but leave out the egg? Or if there is another egg substitute other than bananas?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi rutuja,
      i haven’t tried it, but some people like to use flax seed as an egg replacer. if you mix up one tbsp ground flax seed with 3 tbsp water, it’s supposed to work like an egg. hope that helps :)

  15. May says:

    5 stars
    I made it today and it was fantastic….. lovely recipe ❤️❤️… I loved it

  16. Hana says:

    5 stars
    So easy, fun and delicious! Loved the recipe!!

  17. Zainab says:

    5 stars
    Made douple the ingredients but instead of the milk I used half a cup milk half a cup youghurt
    So good

  18. Ella says:

    Yeah of course u cook them for the same time as giant pancakes (eye roll)

  19. isabel says:

    can i just use plain milk

    1. Stephanie says:

      yes, the pancakes will be just a tiny bit thinner :)

  20. Chinese Food says:

    5 stars
    I love pancake, it saves me, lol

  21. Claudia says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this! I can’t wait to surprise my girls this weekend. Thank you.

  22. Anna says:

    Hello, if we don’t have milk, can we use sour cream or sour cream instead of milk?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi anna, i haven’t tried with sour cream but you might be able to thin out the sour cream with water and use that. not sure how it will taste though. i would recommending getting milk :)

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