When you think you don’t have time to meal prep breakfast for the week, the Easy Pancake Bake is your solution. Pancake mix, egg, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and mixed together and baked for the perfect pancake flavor without the hassle of standing at the stove flipping pancakes. This breakfast takes five minutes to throw together before it bakes in the oven. This is the base recipe for the pancake bake, and you can build off of this to create different variations based on whatever you have on hand, or whatever you’re in the mood for.
All About the Easy Pancake Bake
This recipe was created out of pure laziness. I love having pancakes on hand as an easy breakfast to bring to the office, or to have on hand for a quick meal when I am home. The only problem is, I find it super annoying to stand at the stove flipping pancakes, batch after batch. I used to cook my pancakes in batches like this for meal prep, and store them in little glass containers, which was great, but time consuming.
One day, I decided to throw some ingredients together and bake my pancakes. And the Easy Pancake Bake was born!
Since releasing this recipe, so many of you have grown to love and appreciate the ease and functionality of the Pancake Bake. What I love most about this recipe is the pure versatility. I have released multiple versions of this recipe, which always keeps things interesting:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Pancake Bake
- lemon almond poppyseed pancake bake
- pumpkin spice pancake bake
One is better than the next.
You can also take the classic Easy Pancake Bake and add any fruit of you choice (blueberries work great here, or sliced bananas) and transform the flavor profile completely.
Versatility of the Easy Pancake Bake
This recipe is super versatile because it’s not really a recipe, but more of a method.
For this method, you can use any pancake mix you’d like. You can use dairy-free milk like I do (I love using cashew or almond milk), or you can use whatever milk you have in the fridge. You can use a whole egg, or egg whites.
Really, this method is about using whatever you have on hand and making it work for a quick, easy, hassle-free and inexpensive meal prep.
As always, whenever you use different ingredients than I do, be sure to update your recipe builder to calculate the revised stats.
How to serve and reheat the Easy Pancake Bake
I like to serve the pancake bake a few ways: one of the easiest ways is with some chicken sausage links and fresh fruit. These are my favorite breakfast sausage links. You can also add some eggs on the side for some extra protein.
Another great way to serve this bake is with a doll-up of nut butter and some sliced bananas, almost like a dessert. When I am in the mood for something sweet and decadent in the morning, this is my go-to.
For meal prep, I store the individual portions of the pancake bake in glass storage containers in the fridge, along with the frozen sausages. Since the sausages defrost in the fridge, I just have to pop the entire container into the microwave for a minute or so to reheat everything before eating.
If you aren’t heading into the office or bringing this meal on the go, you can also store the pancake bake in the baking dish you baked it in. Just make sure you cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge; this does not do well on the counter.
What you’ll need to make the Easy Pancake Bake
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:
- pancake mix of your choice
- I use this high protein pancake mix from Kodiak Cakes, and I highly recommend it.
- baking powder
- vanilla extract
- egg or egg whites
- milk of choice (preferred: cashew or almond milk)
Do I need to use Kodiak Cakes? What if I can’t find them?
You do not have to use Kodiak Cakes pancake mix for this; however, this mix has extra protein in it, so I like using it. You can use regular pancake mix (like Bisquik, for example) and this will turn out great. Just make sure to calculate your revised stats for whatever ingredients you use. The stats on this recipe card are calculated using Kodiak Cakes.
Here is a comparison of the nutritional information between regular pancake mix and Kodiak Cakes. You can see the protein and fiber is way more significant in the Kodiak power cakes mix (on the left).
How to make the Easy Pancake Bake
First, preheat your oven to 350F.
Next, combine all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Whisk everything together to get all the lumps out.
Spray a pie dish or baking dish with cooking spray, and pour the batter in.
Pop the dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until set up. Makes four servings.
Easy Pancake Bake
- mixing bowl
- baking dish
- 1 cup pancake mix used: Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup almond milk cashew milk or skim milk
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Liberally spray a pie plate or baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients, whisking to eliminate clumps, and pour into the baking dish.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cut into four servings.