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Pancake Mix Muffins

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*UPDATE – See this post about our new eating habits.(7/10/11)

If you stockpile, you MIGHT find yourself with an overabundance of pancake mix. Yes, it’s true. Sometimes you cannot eat enough pancakes to keep your stock from running over. And let me tell ya, we eat a LOT of pancakes. So, I was thinking……what can I do with all this pancake mix? Well, surely to goodness if I can make pancakes from muffin mix I can make muffins from pancake mix…….right? Yes! I am here to offer tons of options for you. I am Mommy – hear me ROAR! Wow, that sounded a little scary. Ignore that part. Let’s make muffin tops – in a GOOD way! And you might want to put your sweatpants on.

You can use whatever pancake mix you have. I had this oatmeal kind, so I went with it. Everyone needs fiber – lots of fiber. I should be the national  spokeswoman for Fiber. Anyway, you need pancake mix, milk, sugar, egg, and oil. That’s your base recipe. You can add whatever you’d like to make whatever flavor floats your boat. I wanted cinnamon, apples, and raisins in mine. I love cinnamon. You could add peanut butter and mashed banana. Or you could add chocolate chips…..or nuts……..or craisins. Man, the possibilities are endless. Just let the creativity go!!!!!!!!!! I think I would avoid chopped shrimp though.

I wanted to use my muffin top pan. I like it…..I use it at least once a week. We’re tight. You can use a regular muffin pan. They take the same amount of batter. I think Muffin Tops have gotten a bad rap. It’s sad really. Muffin tops are a beautiful thing. Oh, spray your pan or use muffin cup liners.

Oops! I totally forgot vanilla. Muffins without vanilla are like pancakes without syrup…..Bonnie without Clyde…..Annie without Elmo.

*And for those of you wondering why I have a Wal-mart vanilla container…….it’s from when Barry and I got married. I just keep refilling it from the bulk bottle I have in the basement. Whew. Had you worried, didn’t I?

Mix all your wet ingredients together – milk, egg, vanilla, and oil. Add the sugar and give it a good stir. It’s sloshy, so don’t get too excited or you’ll have a mess.

Time to add the pancake mix! And anything dry you might be using, like cinnamon or oats. Stir it up just until it’s combined. If you over mix your muffins, they’ll be tough – yuck. No one likes tough muffins….it’s like a hockey puck.

I grated my apples instead of chopping them. I just grated right into the bowl to save dirtying another dish. I have dishpan hands in the winter. They crack when I bend them. It’s sad really……notice my hand in the vanilla picture. Send high-quality hand cream.

I added raisins after the apples and gave it a good stir. Just stir to mix it all up….remember the hockey pucks. This is when you’d add chocolate chips or anything else fun, except shrimp.

Fill cups about ¾ full. I got almost 10 muffins from this, but mine were really big. If you’re going to do muffin tops, do them right.

Bake at 425 degrees for about 13 minutes. Just until they’re done, but not dry. Test after 13 minutes and see if yours are ready. Let them cool just a couple minutes in the pan and then turn them out. Eat them HOT with BUTTER. Oh yeah baby, I said it. BUTTER. Muffins need butter. “Has your muffin been buttered?” Name that movie.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Jennifer Marks says:

    I so made these — super easy — used half cup of left over whole berry cranberry sauce, & vanilla yogurt instead of milk ( 1/3 cup plus 3 tbl water)!! Really Yummy!!

  2. Jennifer Marks says:

    Thanks Stacy, I don’t even like chunky cranberry sauce! I buy because my mom loves it. I always get stuck with some!!

  3. Rose Tyler says:

    My pancake mix says to use more than one egg and less vegetable oil. Should I?

  4. Linda Lander says:

    Thanks Stacy, I’m a gramdmother and make 95% of food we eat from scratch. However, I have a big box of oatmeal pancake mix my husband bought and I want to make some muffins for breakfast. Never tried pancake mix to make muffins, but if it works for you I’m game for anything. We enjoy bananas, nuts, maple syrup, and anything else that makes muffins fiber rich and healthy. Can’t wait to try these. You girls have obviously never made my scrumpious cranberry conserve. It’s soooo much better than the bought canned stuff. Never liked that either. Keep on cookin……..

  5. “Has Your Muffin Been Buttered?” – Mean Girls Movie

  6. I made these because I have a huge box of pancake mix and wanted to get rid of it. I added 1/4 c. wheat germ and used 3 small apples. They turned out DELICIOUS! thanks so much for the recipe…will be making them again real soon.

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