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Mini Banana Pancake Muffins

In our house, pancakes are always on the weekly meal  plan rotation.  However, for the littles, getting the yumminess of pancakes and syrup is unachievable without a BIG, STICKY Mess!  These little pancakes bites are perfect to serve to your toddler for breakfast or even a snack.  The aroma of banana as they bake is mouthwatering, and one bite will have you wanting more.  You can always substitute the banana for your favorite fruit of choice, or even mini chocolate chips!

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Mini Banana Pancake Muffins

Lisa@ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 cup complete pancake mix (the “just add water” kind like Krusteaz or Aunt Jemima)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup syrup
  • 1 whole banana, sliced and quartered


Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix pancake mix, water and syrup together.  Divide equally among greased mini muffin pan.  Top with banana pieces.  Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.

Freezing Directions:

Cool completely.  Flash freeze. Transfer to gallon freezer bag, label and freeze.  TO SERVE:  Remove desired number of muffins from freezer, let thaw on counter, or briefly on defrost setting in microwave

Servings: 24 mini muffins

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

137 Responses to “Mini Banana Pancake Muffins”

  1. Jill says:

    Can’t wait to try these – they would make a great morning on the go eat in the car type of food.

  2. brandy says:

    Is this the complete pancake mix? I use Bisquick would I need to add anything else to it?

  3. Tricia says:

    Ooh, these look fun!

  4. brandy says:

    Sorry for all the questions but I hate to waste food. So do I make pancakes per the Bisquick instructions then add the syrup and bananas and bake or just add water syrup and bananas to the dry Bisquick?

    • lisa says:

      Do not make the pancakes per the Bisquick or baking mix directions..simply follow the recipe directions. They are so yummy! Enjoy!

  5. Nikki says:

    I’m with Brandy, it seems like if I use Bisquick mix that it would be better to follow the Bisquick directions for pancake mix first, then follow this recipe. Has anyone tried it?

  6. Dorayang says:

    I would like to add a little milk in it when freezing

  7. jenna says:

    Looks good, but too easy! I like a little challenge.

  8. Leslie says:

    I use gf bisquik, will it also work? I am with Brandy looks yummy , but gf bisquik isn’t cheap hate to waste it!

  9. shanna says:

    have you had any trouble with them sticking to the pan? Should I use a cupcake liner?

    • lisa says:

      Shanna – The mini muffin pan I have is amazing and never sticks, but if you tend to have problems with regular muffins sticking, I would probably use a liner.

  10. Tiffany says:

    wondering if I could use strawberries instead of bananas? I have some super ripe ones that I need to use.

    • lisa says:

      Tiffany – Absolutely – you can sub any fruit you want! I have also used mini chocolate chips which the kids LOVED!

  11. Carly says:

    I just used a gluten free pancake mix (quinoa based) 15 minutes wasn’t long enough. I’ve put them in for another 10 but for anyone looking to make gluten free versions of these – the cook time might be a bit longer.

  12. Judy says:

    Great recipe! Can I make these without the maple syrup?

    • lisa says:

      Judy – You could sub the maple syrup for agave nectar or honey. Or just go without! Let us know how it works! Lisa

  13. Judy says:

    Also, can they be put in the freezer? Thanks!

  14. Kristi S. says:

    Those look great! These are sure to be put on regular rotation! My question is, how do you “Flash Freeze”? I probably missed it somewhere, but couldn’t find it.

  15. Malisa says:

    I just made a batch of these and planned to freeze the leftovers…so much for that idea. The kids inhaled them. The good news is that they were super easy to make so making more is a cinch.

  16. apiaha says:

    What if you don’t like using pancake mix? I always make my pancakes by hand……how would I incorporate your recipe into mine? Is the liquid required for my recipe, just replaced half and half with water/maple syrup ratio??

    • lisa says:

      I would think you could easily use your homemade pancake recipe, and add the maple syrup. Let us know how this works out!

  17. sarah bright says:

    I just made this today buy used blueberry wheat pancake mix. So delicious! Our 2 year old loves them, thanks for the recipe!

  18. Vic says:

    Made these with peaches, and they are fantastic!

    Thanks for the recipe. I see many more of these in the future.

  19. Baji says:

    I have them baking in the oven now. I know my two year old I going to LOVE them!!

  20. As apiaha said I make my own pancakes from scratch (my 2 yo loves to help), now would I add the syrup to it or use your recipe liquids to replace mine? If I just add the syrup I worry the mix would be too wet… What do you think? Thanks!

    • lisa says:

      I think that you will be fine with just adding the syrup to your own recipe. I would suggest baking a few first to make sure consistency in cooking comes out…but I would think it will be fine! Let us know!

  21. Julie says:

    Love this! FYI: I used whole wheat pancake mix. I put the recipe on myfitnesspal.com to find the nutrition info. If you figure 4 mini pancake muffins per serving, it’s only 178 calories each serving! And they’re pretty filling too!

    • Re'nae says:

      Thanks Julie for the whole wheat pancake mix idea. In addition to my picky eater, she has “tummy” issues (if you know what I mean). This is mostly due to her only wanting a bottle (she just turned one) and not wanting any regular foods. Thanks!

    • Laura says:

      Ok, I want to make these with whole wheat pancake mix. Did you have to adjust anything in the recipe to make them work?

      • lisa says:

        Laura – I have never made them with a wheat pancake mix. If it is a complete mix – ie only takes water to mix together – it should work just fine!

  22. Alanna says:

    Hi, I am also using my own pancake mix – presumably the “1 cup of pancake mix” in the recipe is dry mix – how much made-up mix would I need before I add the syrup? Thanks :)

    • Alanna says:

      Ignore that, I’ve just made it up as usual and estimate the amount of syrup and bananas – they’ve just come out of the oven, are looking and smelling amazing, I can’t wait for them to cool!

  23. Shonda says:

    I will try this with different fruits. Looks easy!

  24. Raven says:

    Can you make these w.o the syrup?

  25. Raven says:

    Just read up and seen on Lisa asking earlier , thank you!! I am about to try my new mufin pan my friend got for me and do a mix of bannana and strawberry ones..

  26. Shelly says:

    Can these be made in a regular sized cupcake pan? I do not have a mini pan, but wonder how it would change cooking times?

  27. Melany Walden says:

    I made these this morning, and I used Pamela’s Gluten Free pancake mix. I added a little more mix and an egg to thicken, but they turned out great. My kids loved them!

  28. Casey says:

    I just made a batch in a normal muffin pan (I don’t have a mini muffin one). I added cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to ours. They are delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe! I’m expecting our second soon and plan to freeze most of these for easy Daddy breakfasts when Mommy’s in the hospital and those early weeks!

  29. Sue says:

    No egg? The Trader Joe’s mix I have would have you add an egg to make regular pancakes. Thanks!

  30. Sharifa says:

    Saw this recipe on Pinterest, thank you so much!! I have a toddler with severe egg, dairy and nut allergies, so finding breakfast (or any meal) foods that he can eat is near impossible. This is wonderful AND I’ll be able to send them to daycare with him :)!!!

  31. Maria says:

    what can i use to make gluten free ones?

    • lisa says:

      Marla – I make these GF simply by using a GF pancake mix. I have used a Bob’s Red Mills one in the past. Whatever complete pancake mix you normally use will be fine!

  32. Heidi says:

    Was so excited about this recipe (very picky toddler at my house!), but they were a no-go with everyone. A little too chewy/gummy or something. Oh well. Glad to hear everyone else liked them!

  33. ashley says:


    I use this recipe http://grocerygeek.com/2012/02/04/oat-pancakes-gluten-freedairy-free/ but sub the coconut milk for reg and coconut oil w/olive oil. I’ve made it w/my GF flour mix too and it works great. My GF flour mix is: 1 cup brown rice flour + 1 cup white rice + 1 cup tapioca starch. Mix. Makes 4 cups. Use as much as needed.

    1 1/2 cups sorghum flour + 1 1/2 cups tapioca starch + 1 cup potato starch. Mix. Makes 4 cups as well.

  34. Joy says:

    ok so when i make these the inside is tacky?? is that right?? i made them in regular muffin tins and baked for 30 min and still they came out tacky. no like pancakes or like muffins. Is that right??

    • lisa says:

      Joy – I have never had that happen! Yikes! They are a little more moist than a regular muffin though. I am sure they still tasted good?

  35. Jess says:

    I just made these for my 9 month old without the syrup. I just did Bisquik and water and topped with smashed bananas. I baked for 19 minutes. They turned out great! The batter is thicker so the bananas just sat on top. Next time I will probably mix them in since I will pull the muffin apart for my daughter to eat. Great recipe, thanks for shaing!

  36. Holly says:

    Yummm. I just threw these together!
    Follwed the recipe, I made them with: “Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle” whole grain mix… and only used 1/3 c honey. (instead of 2/3 c) They were great!

    I love the idea to add cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice! I’ll have to do that next time :)

  37. Regina says:

    Yum! Instead of banana I cut up apple microwaved them for 45 seconds and added cinnamon to the mixture!! Tasty!

  38. Meghan says:

    Made these with apples and cinnamon with my own oat flour pancake mix and they turned out great! Even the super picky 3 year old loved them :)

  39. Mo says:

    I see that you can freeze these. Has anyone tried to let these defrost and eat them while they are still cold or is it best to microwave them? Also how long do you think these could sit out before they go bad?

    • lisa says:

      These are a freezer staple in our house. Sometimes they aren’t quite thawed completely when they eat them. Yes – you can microwave them if you prefer to eat them heated, we eat after they have thawed for an hour or so on the counter. If they are in an airtight container they will be good for up to a week at least – although ours never last that long on the counter!

  40. Shannon says:

    My toddler loved these! I just wanted to suggest you might want to add a foot note that the mixture is runnier than regular pancake batter. I tried to add a little more mix to compensate (I only had shake n pour mix available so I second-guessed the batter) and they turned into a crumbly mess, albiet a delicious crumbly mess. My SIL said her batter was really runny too, but she left well enough alone and they turned out for her. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Re'nae says:

    Thanks to my sister Reena for sending me this pin! I have a very picky eater who just turned one and only wants the bottle! I have a batch of these in the oven; however, I did add in a little oatmeal, pureed the bananas since she spits out most anything with texture, and topped them off with a few choc. chips (she does like chocolate, who doesn’t!). I will let you know how it works. Thanks again for the idea.

  42. Bridgette says:

    Looks like something my 18-month old will love! Thanks so much!

  43. Brittany says:

    I just made these for my 14 month old little girl! She loves them! I also use a homemade pancake mix. I just used the powder mixture (didn’t add the egg and milk), and followed the recipe, adding the syrup. They came out perfectly! Thanks for the recipe!

  44. Sarah says:

    Just made my first batch – these are great and soooo easy! I used random bits of pancake mix that were sitting in the cupboard, 1/3 c. agave nectar, 1/3 c. water, and 2/3 c. vanilla soymilk, then threw in a few teaspoons of flax seed for good measure before cutting ripe banana over the top and sprinkling with cinnamon sugar. My 4 y.o. just got home from swimming and devoured one, and I can’t wait for the baby to try one for breakfast. Thanks for the recipe!

  45. Megan says:

    Made these last night! One batch of chocolate chip and one batch of cinnamon sugar. They were a huge hit this morning for breakfast! My two boys asked for seconds and my daughter asked for thirds!!

  46. emily says:

    I have tried these twice and both times they are very gooey in the middle, even with extra baking time. I used light syrup. Is that a problem?

    • lisa says:

      Emily – I have never experimented with light syrup, that could be the problem. I have never had them turn out gooey in the middle.

    • Heather says:

      I just tried and didn’t read the comments… mine were very gooey too and used lite syrup… so that must be the issue.

  47. Jessica says:

    I tried these for my son today and although I was a little worried that the batter was too runny these were a success!!! I forgot to grease the pan so they werent necessarily muffins but they were so good!!! I also used a regular cupcake pan so I left them in longer :) But great recipe!!!

  48. Shannon says:

    Hello! I am an inexperienced cook trying out freezer cooking for the first time. I just pulled these out of the oven and I must have done something wrong. I used hungry Jack light and fluffy pancake mix. I followed your directions but they were super runny. I am wondering if it is the mix I used. The box says to add egg and milk. (I didn’t I followed your directions.) Do think it was becuase I didn’t use bisquick? Thanks!

    • lisa says:

      Shannon – Using the “complete” pancake mix will yield your best results. You should be able to find several varieties in your grocer’s breakfast food aisle.

  49. Jill says:

    WOW! Just did a batch as posted then second batch with turkey sausage link pieces. Trying to keep my boys from eating all of them while they cool. Think I may need to make a third batch. These will be perfect for quick breakfast before school this week. Thank you!

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  51. Sarah M says:

    I made these this morning with the original bisquick. i added water and syrup as directed. i preheated the oven well. I ended up having to cook them 5 min longer till they were cooked. The ones where the bananas were touching came out gooey in the center. the batter has to be all around each banana slice (at least for us) for it to not fall apart. These were slightly sticky but tasted amazing. I ate my children’s leftovers. they were a little puzzled by the “strange little pancake” but loved the taste.

  52. Tiffany says:

    I used Original Bizquick, doubled the recipe and used a regular muffin pan. They came out so gooey and runny in the middle. I left them in for a lil over 30 minutes. I don’t know what I did wrong. They smell amazing. But completely in edible. Any advice? I really wanna try these! Lol! My son won’t eat much fruit. He LOVES pancakes though, so this is great. Please help me fix! Haha!

  53. Theresa G says:

    I used great value complete pancake mixture just add water. I just made easy about 5 minutes ago they’re amazing. I would recommend this recipe do any of my friends that have kids are just no kids it’s a really good recipe you guys enjoy.

  54. Kristie says:

    Just made these with a complete pancake mix for my 5 y/o who loves pancakes. I left out the syrup so he could add his own. He loved them! Much quicker and easier than regular pancakes.

  55. Ellen says:

    I made these this morning and made some minor adjustments. My son is autistic so I had him in mind. He doesn’t like texture and has never eaten fruit because of that. So I doubled the recipe with the exception of the syrup, only used 1cup. I diced 2 whole bananas and stirred them in the mix instead of putting them on top. Used a regular muffin pan, baked at 400 for 25 minutes. He ate 8 muffins, so needless to say it was a GREAT SUCCESS!! Thanks so much! Can’t wait for him to try this with apples inside! :-)

  56. Melissa says:

    I have super ripe bananas in the freezer that I need to use up. Do you think they would work in the recipe?

    • lisa says:

      Melissa – if you use ripe bananas from the freezer, you may want to cut down the amount of water in the batter – as bananas from the freezer tend to be a little moist. Let us know how it turns out!

  57. Jessica says:

    Are the bananas suppose to sink to the bottom? other than that, I loved them and was a BIG hit with my toddler!! Thanks

  58. Dawn says:

    These are absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe! I have made these quite a few times now, and I have modified the recipe with different ingredients. I used whole wheat pancake mix instead, cut back the syrup to just a1/3 cup and added a whole smashed banana and top with chopped walnuts, yummy! Also, I’ve used applesauce instead of the syrup and added cinnamon, just a yummy! Again, thank you so much for sharing the recipe. My two year son just loves them as do I:)

    • Laura says:

      Would you mind posting the recipes with the whole wheat mix, and the less syrup, and the applesauce one. Sorry, beginner baker here, and I tried adjusting things, but the muffins were raw inside after baking 25 minutes. (Replaced syrup with sugarfree syrup… didn’t work)

  59. Elizabeth says:

    These are so yummy!!! Just made them and my son is gobbling them up! So I’m thinking they may not make it to the freezer:) I will have to try the different variations that Dawn listed above. I’m sure these will become a staple at our house!

  60. Ryann says:

    I had trouble getting these to cook thru. I only used a tbsp of batter (mini muffin dish), and they came out basically raw in the middle. Suggestions?

  61. melody says:

    I love these! Even my husband loved them and he’s not keen on bananas! I didn’t have any instant pancake mix so i found a recipe on how to make my own on pinterest and adapted it to this recipe it came out great

  62. Shari says:

    I want to make these for my 16 month twin grandsons. Has anyone tried this with karo syrup? That’s whar we use in our house.

  63. Jen says:

    Just made these for my girls and they didn’t go over so well. They were really gooey and appeared to be undercooked. Putting in the 2nd mini muffin pan and adding more time maybe that will help. I used complete pancake mix also.

  64. Abi says:

    i added brown and serve sausage they were great

  65. Nikki says:

    I used bisquick and added apple sauce. The kids loved them :) They are the consistency of pancakes not muffins, I called them little pancake bites and we had no problems!

  66. Eileen says:

    Absolutely loved these. My 18 month old daughter loves them!! My husband and i make them in regular muffin tins for us and they make a quick and yummy breakfast

  67. Crystal says:

    I made these tonight for a friend and of course had to try one. They are awesome! My mini muffin tin must be a little more shallow than the one you used because I could have come up with way more than 24 muffins. Still awesome though!

  68. kaihle says:

    I made these this morning for breakfast (grandparents are visiting also) it was a huge hit! Everyone loved them!!! :D

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  70. Anne says:

    I made these with sugar free syrup and heart smart pancake mix and my kids (2 & 8) loved them! My 2 yr old ate 5 by himself. They are so simple to make, even had my kids help put the bananas in.

  71. MK says:

    I have tried making these twice now and am having problems with them not cooking through and being very gooey/sticky, not muffin like. I used a complete pancake mix. Is it bc/I used real maple syrup? I even tried in a regular muffin pan with liners and extra time and they didn’t work out. Any suggestions?

  72. Heidi says:

    These did NOT tun out for me. I baked longer than stated time & they were still underdone….vey tacky/gummy.

  73. Cheri says:

    My 2 year old daughter loves them! I haven’t had one yet, but am about to. So super easy to make to! Love it already!

  74. Wendy S. says:

    Did you use real maple syrup, or will any breakfast syrup do? Thanks!

  75. Mary says:

    Sorry but am I adding water twice. 1st when making the complete batter, then following these instructions?

    Thank you

  76. Melissa says:

    I made these and used the light syrup ( I didn’t read above first). They came out firm but a little gooey on the inside but not runny. Are they safe for my 16 month old to eat? Or do I need to trash them?

  77. Mamaof4boys says:

    Hi I am making these now and only have the regular size muffin pans, I would like to know how to double the recipe any suggestions? I hope to hear from you soon thanks :)

    • lisa says:

      I would simply double the ingredients to yield the same amount of regular as would have been for for the mini. Cook time will most likely need to be increased by 10-12 minutes, just keep an eye on them until they are set in the middle. Good luck!

  78. Allisa says:

    So I tried reading through the comments to see if my answer would be in there, but there were so many!! I have Bob’s Red Mill Waffle & Pancake Mix, which says to add oil, egg and milk to make the pancakes. Do I need to do this, then add the banana, then cook? Or can I just add water to the Bob’s Red Mill mix, and follow your recipe as stated? I’m just worried it’s not the “complete pancake mix (the just add water kind)” and then I’m not making them right. Sorry, as I’ve mentioned in other comments I am seriously teaching myself how to cook as I go, so I am clueless! THANK YOU!!!

    • lisa says:

      Allisa – Your assumption is correct on your Bob’s pancake mix. If you are adding more than water it isn’t a “complete” pancake mix. With this being said – you could most likely experiment with that mix, and add the oil, egg, milk and continue with the directions for the Pancake Muffins and let us know how they turn out…we love feedback!

  79. Ariel says:

    I just tried these, I used regular muffin tins. Followed the exact directions, used complete pancake mix and everything and they came out completely gooey. So gooey that we can’t even eat them. I baked them for 40 minutes. My only guess is that maybe the muffin tin size had something to do with it, or maybe the amount of bananas pieces I put in it. I’m going to try again with a mini pan and see how it turns out.

  80. Dorothy says:

    Thanks for sharing! I have my second round going into the oven now and they smell delicious! I mixed my bananas in instead of putting them on top and they seem to have turned out great!

  81. Maggie K. says:

    Has anyone found a complete organic mix? Thanks!

  82. Irene says:

    Hi love the sound of these, I am in England and I have never used a pancake mix. I have a recipe for ‘drop scones’ (I know then as Scotch pancakes). Would this work too? Love anything nice with fruit in. So would like to know if I can make these using this recipe?

  83. Katharine says:

    I love these – and have made them a few times. My kids adore them! But I’d like to make and freeze these. Any directions on how to re-heat them?

  84. I used OAMM’s homemade pancake mix instead of bisquick and it turned out great! I also used pure maple syrup. These are so good. I’m going to try using fresh strawberries next time. I made this twice and have not had any problems with them being tacky or gooey.

    Here’s the link to OAMM’s homemade pancake mix for anyone wanting to try it.


    P.S. Thanks for another great dairy and egg free recipe!!! This little family appreciates it!

  85. Deatrice says:

    Great recipe. My son had a great idea, asking to add peanut butter. We made banana, strawberry, blueberry, and peanut butter chocolate chip. He liked the peanut butter and strawberry best. All were good. Definite add to the morning, need breakfast for school recipe list! Thanks.

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