Creamsicle Pancake Bites


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Creamsicle Pancake Bites | Easy Freezer Friendly Breakfast Recipe | Easy Breakfast Recipe | Homemade Breakfast Treats

This is a guest post from Sammi of Grounded & Surrounded

It’s hard to not love muffins, especially muffin “minis”. This delicious pancake bites recipe is simple to make, eat, and share. The addition of orange zest in the batter and the use of orange juice in the syrup are simply delightful. This unique use of a simple orange is so bright and cheery it will have your taste-buds singing!

Through many kitchen experiments, I have found that quite a few breakfast recipes take on a new life when made in muffin form. Take this recipe for example, pancakes are always a hit in our home, but baking this batter in the oven versus preparing on the stove-top creates a whole new morning meal!


Get a jump start on your week by prepping on the weekend! Your family’s breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be a breeze all week.

Another perk of this recipe is the fact that no cutting is required for little ones. These small bites are perfect for young children to eat for breakfast on their own. Plus, they love dipping each mini muffin into their own bowl of citrusy syrup. But who are we kidding, these are a hit with the “big kids” of the house too!


Here is what you need:

2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 eggs
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
zest of one large orange
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from the large orange you zested)



Step 1: In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt.


Step 2: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together milk, maple syrup, eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and the zest of the orange.


Step 3:  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.


Step 4: Spray a mini muffin tin or silicone pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.


Step 5: Using a spoon or cookie dough scoop pour a scant tablespoon of the batter into each muffin well.


Step 6: Bake for 10-11 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the pan and eat warm with syrup.


Step 7: To make the syrup, add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and fresh squeezed orange juice to a bowl and whisk together. Dip each pancake bite into the syrup or pour syrup over the warm bites on a plate.

Recipe Notes: These bites can be refrigerated for 1 week or frozen for months. The syrup stays fresh for a few days at room temperature. We like to serve the bites with small individual bowls of syrup for each person to dip their pancake muffins in.



Sammi Ricke likes to keep things simple, delicious, and nutritious in her kitchen. She enjoys the challenge of finding unique ways to incorporate “just one more whole food” into every meal while leaving just enough room for life’s essentials: chocolate and peanut butter. If you are looking for “healthified” versions of your family’s favorite meals be sure to visit Sammi’s Grounded & Surrounded Blog. You can also find her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.


Creamsicle Pancake Bites | Easy Freezer Friendly Breakfast Recipe | Easy Breakfast Recipe | Homemade Breakfast Treats


  1. January 19 at 12:06PM

    These look so fun and tasty. What a great idea! I might try this with lemon instead of orange (after I try the orange first). Thanks!

  2. Lisa
    February 11 at 08:03AM

    At what temperature do you bake these? Thank you!

    • Lisa
      February 11 at 08:05AM

      Just found it – 400! 🙂

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