A lot happens between about 7:00AM and 8:30AM. Sometimes I feel like I’ve lived an entire day before it even reaches 9:00AM. One thing I do not make time for in those early hours of the day is making a hot breakfast. My kids get Eggos (which technically ARE hot) or those mini muffins that you have to eat like 3 bags of in order to feel full. I’m starting to feel a smidge guilty about that. Not guilty enough to get up earlier to make hot breakfasts for them, but guilty enough to figure out an easy alternative.
Up first are my favorite, the Sausage Stuffed Pancake. This is by no means a gourmet recipe, however it is a step above popping a waffle in the toaster. More importantly, they are totally delicious. The sweetness of the pancake and drizzle of syrup go so perfectly with the mildly spicy sausage. I want to eat more of these right now.
1. Sausage Stuffed Pancake
Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix (the one you only have to add water to. What? I’m a busy woman)
Banquet Brown & Serve Sausages
Butter for greasing your muffin tin
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Grease a mini muffin tin with butter
- Mix the pancake batter according to the instructions on the box
- Cook the sausages according to the instructions on the box and slice in half when done cooking
- Add the pancake batter to the mini muffin pan
- Add a half of a sausage to the pancake batter. I put mine in standing up in the middle so that just a little bit of sausage is poking out of the top
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the pancake is cooked through. The pancake is done when it feels firm to the touch.
You and your kids and anyone else you want to feed these to, are going LOVE these. You can totally freeze these and pop them in the microwave in the morning to defrost, then eat them while you’re waiting in the carpool line.
This recipe is an oldy but goody that I’ve been making for some time. Click through to the old post for the full recipe. I love these Egg Muffins because they are portable (you might want to use a cupcake liner if you are eating in the car. I usually go with a sturdy napkin) and they are very hearty. There’s plenty of protein to get your day started and the sweet potato is a nice veggie to add to your morning. I’m not much of a fruit eater and there aren’t many veggies that I would think about eating as part of breakfast, so I’m happy to sneak the sweet potato into this meal. It’s a winner!
3. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
One word of warning on these. They are delicious and very sweet. They are a healthier version of the drive through muffin you get at the coffee shop because they have bananas in them AND they are actually wheat free. I found the recipe at Well Plated and I highly recommend spending an hour or two over there! The recipes are delicious, healthy and easy! It’s the trifecta!
I’ll prep one, two or all three of these during the weekend, or whenever I have some spare time and keep them on hand for the whole week. Those Sausage Stuffed Pancakes go quick, though, so be prepared. That it is the simplest recipe of the three by far, so it’s not too much effort make a new batch.
Alright, so what have we learned today, friends? We’ve learned that if you smoosh just about anything into a muffin tin, you can make it a portable meal! Hurray for that. What things do you stuff in a muffin tin? Tell me about it in the comments!