Meet pancake poppers! These pancake bites made in a cakepop pan are great for breakfast, packed lunches or on the go snacks!
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I have been on a breakfast recipe roll lately! I’ve had so much fun experimenting with these freezer-friendly veggie egg muffins, a French toast bake that was a flop (hah!) and today we’re serving up these whole wheat chocolate chip pancake poppers!
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Poppers
I’m a huge fan of these whole wheat chocolate chip pancake poppers. They’re delicious, easy to make, great for breakfasts, packable for lunches, and… let’s be real… a mess-free snack to pass back to the carseat in a pinch!
Incorporating Eggs in Safe Ways for an Egg Allergy
As an egg allergy mom of a toddler who tolerates baked eggs, I’m always looking for ways I can incorporate more eggs safely into Baby T’s diet.
Introducing potential allergens early, between 4 and 6 months of age, can decrease the risk of developing food allergies (more on early allergen introduction here). Unfortunately, Baby T had reactions to plain eggs as an infant, so we took her to an allergist for a skin prick test and diagnosis. When we met with him, he was adamant on her maintaining regular, safe exposure to help build up her tolerance. Not every child with an egg allergy tolerates small amounts of egg baked into foods, but fortunately Baby T is one of them and it increases her chances of eventually growing out of her egg allergy completely (more on egg allergies here).
Why Eggs Are Important to Me as a Dietitian
Eggs are a no-brainer in my house! And I wish I could make them on the reg plain and simple (I’m a scrambled girl! Okay unless it’s breakfast out then 1000000% veggie omelet!). But having Baby T’s egg allergy in the house has made be a bit more creative in the breakfast department since she loves to “help me” (I say this v loosely) cook in the kitchen.
Eggs Are Tasty & Nutritious
I love eggs because they are yummy, naturally nutrient-rich, simple to make, easy to pack full of colorful produce when they’re the star (veggie and egg breakfast sandwich please!), and are a key ingredient in baking.
Just one large egg packs a powerful, nutrition punch:
- 70 calories
- 6 g of protein (a good source of protein), including all 9 essential amino acids
- 70 mg of sodium (low in sodium)
- An excellent source of vitamin B12, biotin, iodine, selenium and choline
- A good source of riboflavin and pantothenic acid
Spotlight on Choline and Pregnancy
Now obvi I’m coming in hot at 7+ months pregnant, so what’s a highlight on eggs without choline?
Choline has become a recent, buzzy nutrient, and for good reason. Aside from choline’s role in normal liver function and brain health, it is particularly important in pregnancy and early life for its vital neurodevelopment functions in the first 1000 days post-conception (read more on fetal brain development here). Close to 90% of Americans and 92% of pregnant women don’t consume the recommended amounts of choline (NHANES data here) and it’s not found in high quantities in many foods. Fortunately, eggs are an excellent source of choline. Two large eggs (about 300 mg choline total) supply more than half of the recommended intake for pregnant women and can help them meet their needs.
What to Serve with Pancake Poppers
These pancake poppers will serve as your whole grain starch at a meal. I would recommend pairing them with:
- A protein – like scrambled eggs, milk or Greek yogurt
- Colorful fiber sources – like fruit, or added veggies to your scrambled eggs
Dipping Your Pancake Poppers
Honestly, these are good just plain. But if you (or your kids) enjoy dipping your poppers, here are some of my favorite combos:
- Syrup (regular or sugar-free)
- Greek yogurt + unsweetened applesauce (+ honey* optional)
- Greek yogurt + peanut butter (+ honey* optional)
- Greek yogurt + Nutella
- …. if you’re feeling super decadent, Nutella + peanut butter
*Note: Children under the age of one should not consume honey.
Without further delay, let’s hop to the recipe!
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Whole Wheat Pancake Poppers
- 1 c white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 c low-fat milk
- 2 Tbsp canola oil
- 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat cake ball pan.
- Sift together dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Add chocolate chips.
- Spray cake ball pan with non-stick spray if needed. Spoon ~1 Tbsp into each cake ball well (may vary depending on cake ball pan). Bake for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.