Now that we’re gearing up for back to school, we’ve been trying to come up with ideas for making our morning routine less hectic. Having healthy, grab and go breakfasts are a must! I came up with this recipe for cinnamon-applesauce pancake poppers that can be made ahead and frozen. Just pop a few in the microwave or oven and you have a quick and filling breakfast. You can dip them in syrup or apple butter, but my kids even like them plain. They’re packed with healthy ingredients like oats and applesauce to help keep you full until lunchtime.
Cinnamon-Applesauce Pancake Poppers
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 oz unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups milk (I have used regular milk and almond milk, either works great)
Recipe Source: Adapted from this recipe from allrecipes.com
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together. Then add eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and milk. Mix just until incorporated. Let batter sit for 5-10 minutes so the oats can absorb some of the liquid, then give it another quick stir. Lightly grease a mini muffin or tartlet pan. Fill muffin cups approximately half way with batter. (I used a small cookie scoop to fill the muffin pans). Bake for approximately 8 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. This recipe makes approximately 5 dozen pancake poppers.
If you’re going to freeze the poppers, first cool them completely on a wire rack. Once cool, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then put the baking sheet in the freezer. Remove the pancake poppers from the baking sheet once frozen and place them in a freezer safe baggie or container. Flash freezing the poppers on a baking sheet prior to storing them in a container will help prevent them from freezing together into one big pancake clump.
You can heat these up in the microwave or oven straight from the freezer, or you can even move them from freezer to refrigerator the night before and eat them cold. They’re great for tossing in a lunchbox too. I usually microwave them for approximately 30 seconds from frozen, but your time may vary. Enjoy!
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