{On-the-go} Pancake Cups

A grab and go pancake cup made in a muffin tin and stuffed with fresh strawberries. The perfect breakfast for hectic mornings!

A grab and go pancake cup made in a muffin tin and stuffed with fresh strawberries via chelseasmessyapron #pancake #easy #breakfast #strawberryI have never been the biggest pancake fan.

I’d much rather go for waffles. Waffles, I adore.

When I lived in Utah, there was a traveling waffle truck that served belgian waffles covered in cookie butter spread, whipped topping, and fresh fruit. My first encounter with this magical truck? I worked at a restaurant at Thanksgiving Point and this waffle truck happened to stop just outside of the restaurant one very slow Saturday morning.

Our manager went out and bought the staff three different waffles to share. I know, coolest boss ever.

These waffles were the very, very best breakfast I had ever had. I’m talking, melt-in-your-mouth-delicious. The husband and I try to replicate these waffles, but our replication ends up more like regular waffles drenched in cookie butter and lots of whipped topping. It’s still pretty good, I must say.

A grab and go pancake cup made in a muffin tin and stuffed with fresh strawberries via chelseasmessyapron #pancake #easy #breakfast #strawberry

Anyways, since I’m not the biggest pancake fan, I decided to make pancakes in a different form. Pretty much a muffin-like form.

And an easy, on-the-go kind of breakfast. But, don’t get me wrong, these pancake cups do not have to be on-the-go. In fact, they make a fantastic breakfast at home covered in syrup, cookie butter (yes, I had to), and some whipped topping.

When covered in all such mentioned toppings they become melt-in-your-mouth delicious and are such a fun way to eat breakfast. After these pancake cups, I can no longer claim to not be obsessed with pancakes. In fact, I may even prefer them to waffles!

A grab and go pancake cup made in a muffin tin and stuffed with fresh strawberries via chelseasmessyapron #pancake #easy #breakfast #strawberry

Plus, the strawberries in them? BURST of fresh fruity flavor which I love. And you can change the fruit up however you want – raspberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries… I would stick to berries in these, but you’ll have to let me know if you try anything else crazy in them!

Another great thing about this breakfast is you can make a huge batch of these and freeze the ones you won’t finish up within the week.

When you want some delicious pancake cups, just pull them out of the freezer the night before and warm them up in the morning. Although, warming up is completely optional. They also taste really great at room temperature. At room temperature is the baby’s favorite way to eat them. Correction. He likes when I break off little tiny pieces and put them on his high chair.

And although half of the pieces end up all over the floor, he giggles and smiles through the rest of them. <– Proof of his love for these!

A grab and go pancake cup made in a muffin tin and stuffed with fresh strawberries via chelseasmessyapron #pancake #easy #breakfast #strawberry


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{On-the-go} Pancake Cups
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Serves: 9
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup strawberries
  • Optional: syrup, whipped topping, cookie butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour (do not use cupcake liners) 9 cavities of a muffin tin, fill up the other three cavities halfway with water (this ensures even baking). Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. In another bowl, lightly beat the egg. Beat in the butter, milk, and vanilla.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until completely mixed together.
  5. Remove the stems of the strawberries and chop into small pieces. Combine the strawberries with 1/2 tablespoon of flour and mix.
  6. Fold the strawberry pieces into the batter.
  7. Using a cookie scoop, scoop up the mixture into the prepared muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
  9. Remove and allow to cool.
  10. if desired, top with cookie butter, maple syrup, and whipped topping.
  11. Serve immediately if you chose to top with optional toppings.
  12. If desired, freeze leftovers and remove to thaw the night before you want to eat one.

Here are some more on-the-go breakfast ideas:

A gluten-free, healthy breakfast cookie made with peanut butter and old-fashioned oats as the base. There is no flour, no butter, and no oil included! These cookies can be ready in 20 minutes flat!

Gluten Free PB Breakfast Cookies

No-Bake Healthy Breakfast Cookies

No-Bake Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Blackberry Breakfast Muffins - you won't believe they are healthy they taste so great!

Healthy Blackberry Muffins


  1. Brandy says

    These are so cute! I love that you can freeze them, it will make breakfast in our home much easier. Pinning.

  2. says

    These little pancake muffins are so fun! I absolutely love pancakes. And waffles, and pretty much all breakfast foods. But we make pancakes every Saturday at my house, and I think I need to add these to our pancake rotation. And cookie butter. Yes. :)

  3. says

    Pancakes on the go? What a brilliant and delicious idea! These look perfect. We’re about to head to Portland and these would be the perfect eat on the way to the airport. Thank you for sharing it!

  4. says

    I’m usually more of a waffle girl as well but I love these! They are so cute … and with the strawberries. What an awesome way to mix up breakfast! Hope you had an awesome weekend!

  5. says

    I like waffles much more than pancakes, too, but a few weeks ago I did make pancake muffins out of my favorite pancake recipe and they were a hit with the kids! These look delicious with the strawberries, and the maple syrup is a must! :)

  6. says

    Love these Chelsea! Breakfast foods are my favorite and even though I do love pancakes, I’m not too crazy about the flipping part so these baked versions are perfect and even better that I can grab some for on the go too!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Yay! So glad to hear that you liked them, and I hope your boys love them! Chocolate chips? Brilliant! Definitely trying that next time :)

  7. Taylor says

    I enjoyed this recipe! It was a neat substitution for the regular pancakes! The strawberries add a burst of flavor to these little pancake cups and the syrup was so good on them! Others in my family just ate them plain and loved them!

  8. Lauren says

    What a great idea! My friends and I want to try this tomorrow morning. I have pancake mix. Would this work well with already made pancake mix? Would it change the bake time? Thanks so much!!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      I’m sorry, but I’m not sure as I have never tried this recipe using a pancake mix. Are you replacing the flour with it or making pancakes with a mix and cooking them in a muffin tin? I believe the batter will be too thin if you are using just a pancake mix. This recipe has a pretty thick batter.

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