Bacon Cheddar Pancake Bites

bacon cheddar pancake bites

These bites are moist and flavorful and easy to customize! In other words… don’t like bacon or cheddar? Don’t use them! I’ve got several other ideas after the recipe below.

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BACON CHEDDAR PANCAKE BITES
Makes 15-20 mini bites or 8-10 regular-sized muffins; Good 7 months and up (see notes)

Ingredients

  • 3 pieces of bacon
  • 1 cup (226 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (236 mL) whole milk
  • 1 tsp (4.5 g) baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (226 g) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Chop and cook (or cook then chop) the bacon until crispy.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked bacon with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray. (Don’t have a muffin tin? Use small ramekins. OR you can use this batter as pancake batter, and just make bacon cheddar pancakes.)
  5. Pour the mixture into the muffin tin until 2/3 filled.
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes. If you’re using a mini muffin tin, it will be closer to 15 minutes. If you’re making larger muffins, the time will be closer to 20 minutes.
  7. Let them cool 5 minutes before eating.
  8. To make ahead: Simply let them cool completely and transfer them to a freezer-safe storage container. Store in the refrigerator for about 1 week or the freezer for 1 month or more.

Alternatives to Bacon Cheddar

Here are some ideas if you’re not interested in using bacon and cheddar!

  • ham and swiss cheese
  • spinach and cheese
  • broccoli and cheese
  • ground beef, onion, and cheese + a sprinkle of taco seasoning
  • blueberries and some mashed banana
  • strawberries and a swirl of cream cheese

Notes

  • Notice that this recipe has no added salt or sugar… except the bacon and cheese. Cheddar is not as salty as mozzarella or parmesan cheeses. But bacon is salty. That’s why my recommendation is for 7 months. It can also be too crunchy. Feel free to cut the bacon down much smaller than I did in the video. And if you’re worried about the salt content, omit the bacon entirely!
  • Cheese is a dairy product, and it is safe for most babies. 
  • If, however, your baby has a dairy allergy/intolerance, you can substitute the whole milk for almond or coconut milk, and substitute the cheese for a non-dairy cheese. Or leave the cheese out entirely.
  • If your baby has an egg allergy, a flax or chia egg should work well in this recipe. You can also substitute unsweetened applesauce (since it won’t change the flavor too much). If you decide to go that route, use about 1/4 cup of applesauce. If the batter is too thick, add a little more.