I have been packing Elle’s breakfast and lunch for daycare recently. I am constantly trying to come up with new non-processed foods for her to eat. It can be a bit challenging, because she’s:

  1. 2 years old
  2. Extremely picky about her food

I certainly have my work cut out for me.  Thankfully, she loves most anything sweet, and there are several substitutions to baked goods that make them healthier. Additionally, since I am baking them fresh, they are non-processed with no additives. This week I made a new concoction that combines homemade pancake batter, sausage and muffins.  It sounded like a harmonious combination, and one that I was sure my stubborn-eater couldn’t resist 🙂 

There are lots of different ways to make these delightful tiny treats healthier.   I opted for maple syrup instead of commercially-prepared syrup that contains high fructose corn syrup.  I also used all organic ingredients.

Pancake mini muffins maple syrup

I have some more ideas on how to make them healthier next time.  I may add pieces of berries, bananas, or apples to the batter.  

I might try whole wheat flour in place of the unbleached flour.  

I may omit the sugar and just add a little more maple syrup to the batter instead. 

pancake mini muffins with sausage

I may mix up the meat and add bacon or ham.  

Hmm… the possibilities are endless! 

Pancake Mini Muffins - Homemade for Elle

Just a note of warning: since they are small, and delicious, it’s easy to eat 10 without even knowing it!

Pancake Mini Muffins
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Serves: 36
  • ½ lb cooked breakfast sausage
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1¼ cup unbleached flour
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup 100% pure maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink.
  3. Meanwhile, add milk and vinegar to a large bowl and stir. Let curdle for 5-10 minutes, until the consistency of buttermilk.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda and stir until well mixed.
  5. Add melted butter and egg to milk mixture and stir until well combined. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated and all dry ingredients are wet.
  6. Pour pancake batter into slightly greased mini muffin pans.
  7. Drizzle maple syrup onto of batter, and top with cooked sausage.
  8. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, or until cooked through.


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4 Responses to Pancake Mini Muffins

  1. Bobbi says:

    those look sooo good! Does Elle like them?

  2. Adrienne @ Happy Ramblings says:

    Those look yummy, I sometimes like to eat like a 2 year old so I might have to try these. I like the idea of adding bananas or blueberries to them!

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