Instant Pot Pancake Bites—bite-size, spherical pancakes that are perfectly poppable and taste great with maple syrup drizzled over the top.
Each week in 2020 I’m sharing a recipe inspired by one of the 50 states. So far I’ve covered…
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
See all the state recipes in one place.
Today’s recipe is inspired by the Green Mountain State, Vermont. Vermont is the second-least-populated U.S. state and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. Even though it’s small in size it’s big in beauty.
Last summer my family visited the New England area of the United States. My very favorite was Vermont. The Green Mountains were truly so beautiful. The scenery as we drove was breathtaking. We enjoyed visiting the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and getting our free sample at the end of the tour. If you want to see beautiful Vermont photos on your Instagram feed follow @woodstockvt I love the photos they post.
Instant Pot Pancake Bites
One thing that Vermont is famous for is their maple syrup. Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. Vermont produces nearly 2 million gallons of syrup a year. Vermont generates 47 percent of the country’s maple syrup. I thought it was only fitting that I do a recipe that could be drenched in delicious Vermont maple syrup–Instant Pot pancake bites!!!
I used my very favorite homemade pancake batter and filled 2 egg bite molds with it. Then I popped them into my Instant Pot and cooked for 14 minutes. After the cooking time was up I removed the pancake bites from the molds and immediately ate them with maple syrup. They are so good and taste best right out of the Instant Pot.
Tips for making Instant Pot Pancake Bites
Can I freeze pancake bites? Yes. Once the bites are cooled down place them in a ziploc freezer bag. Spread the bites out so that they aren’t touching, if possible. Lay flat and freeze. They will stay good for about 3 months.
How do I reheat pancake bites? Place desired number of pancake bites on a plate and warm in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.
Can I use the lid that came with my egg bites mold? I use foil to cover my pancake bites so that they can expand a little. Some egg bites molds comes with plastic lids and some come with silicone lids. If your lids are made with silicone they should be safe to use in your Instant Pot.
Can I add fruit or chocolate chips to my pancake bites? Add a few fresh blueberries or chocolate chips to each pancake mold. Don’t use frozen fruit as it will affect the temperature of the batter, cooking time and it will release liquid.
What equipment do I need? A 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, foil, 2 silicone egg bites molds* and a trivet with handles.*
Instant Pot Pancake Bites
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 14 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
- Total Time: 24 minutes
- Yield: 14 pancake bites 1x
Bite-size, spherical pancakes that are perfectly poppable and taste great with maple syrup drizzled over the top.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup milk
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
- In a mixing bowl whisk the egg and powdered sugar together.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, milk, salt, vanilla and butter. Mix until combined.
- Spray 2 silicone egg bite molds* with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon 2 Tbsp of batter into each mold.
- Pour 1 ½ cups water into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Cover the molds with foil. Stack molds on top of each other and then place on a trivet/sling* and lower into the Instant Pot.
- Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 14 minutes. When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Remove the foil. Place a plate on top of the egg molds. Then flip over the plate and the molds so that the pancake bites pop out on top of the plate. Gently push your thumb into silicone mold to pop out the bites.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. You can make in an 8 quart pot with no changes.
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Instant Pot
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Vickie Jordan says
I made these pancake bites today & was very disappointed in them because like so many, I read in the reply section, mine weren’t fluffy but rather flat & very dense. I was wondering if perhaps either my baking powder or soda was too old to use or what could have happened. I took a picture of them but can’t upload it here.
Mine, like others were a big flop. Did everything as instructed but were eggy tasting and although cooked had a horrible texture. Not light and fluffy at all. Really disappointed
FYI- My Hatrigo steel cups didn’t cook them thoroughly with the stated time; but the second half of the batter was marvelous baked on a flat griddle.
What is powdered sugar Castor or granulated in uk. Thanks
Powdered sugar would be what you use for icing or frosting on a cake. It is not granulated. Hope that helps!
It is called icing sugar I believe in the UK
Patricia Walklett says
Thank you so much
Hi Karen. Ya Allie here, now I don’t know if my suggestion has already been used or not so here goes:
I’ve made this many times and something I always do is fry the smaller type sausage links, let cool then cut in half putting half in each egg mold before batter. Then cook as per instructions but since that I am a very sensitive diabetic I replaced the sugar with two thirds cup Splenda. My two cents or two cups, Allie
Good idea! Thanks for sharing Allie.
Thanks for answering my question before I asked. I also have to watch my sugar intake.
I just made this with Trader Joe’s pumpkin pancake mix, and they are so good! I use a scale to measure the mix(150 grams) and added the other ingredients as directed. I used one egg bite mold and filled them about 3/4 full. They came out perfectly, I could eat all of them!
Thanks for sharing your experience!
Can you use pancake mix instead?
I’ve heard mixed results from others on this. You can definitely experiment!
Irene Santillan says
Do I have to use powdered sugar? I don’t have it and wondered if I can use any type of sugar?
Can the silicone lids that come with the molds be used instead of foil?
yes as long as they are silicone and not plastic
I made these today and they were amazing!
So glad to hear it!
Can you please tell me what flour you used?
Mine were soggy gooey and undercooked… Wondering why ? This is the second recipie I tried in my new Instant Pot egg bite molds and both I threw out! I’m nervous to try egg bits and waste them as well.
Sad day 🙁
Here is a fool proof egg bite recipe that I make every week. 6 eggs, 4-5 pieces of bacon crumbled, 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese. Wisk eggs, add crumbled bacon and cheese. Stir. Add a little oregano and salt if desired. Stir again. Pour in silicone molds, cover with aluminum foil. Cook on manual 8 min and let rest for 4 min before taking out. If you take them out right after 4 min of rest, they don’t stick and come out easily with a spoon. I’ve use different cheeses (cheddar, Gouda) and it doesn’t seem to matter
Stacy Seaberg says
Hi! I am a new Instant Pot recruit and so excited to try stuff. However, I may have made a mistake in buying the 10 qt Instant Pot!!! Seems all of the recipes are for the 6 or 8 qt and I can’t find any accessories for the 10qt. A quick question since I am new… can I just use the egg bit molds for the 8 qt in my 10 qt pot and follow same directions?
Yes you can! The 10 quart is a big daddy! Most recipes will probably be okay. But you’ll have to add sufficient liquid to come to pressure.
So I did this EXACTLY as the recipe stated & They came out completely under done, raw, & under cooked, not even the same size??? That’s why I asked if it matters what type of batter mix you use because it is not true to the recipe given?? I also used genuine instant pot molds too.
So sorry to hear. And you only used 2 Tbsp of batter? Did you stack 2 molds on top of each other or just use one mold?
Yes I followed everything exactly to the T with two molds?? With the boxed mix. I even tried to put them back in for longer & still no change?? It was a complete waste of batter 😌 I read someone before me had a problem also? Does it have to do with boxed mix? It seems there are problems experienced by people with these mold recipes? The muffin ones too 🤔
So why is this happening then if I’m following everything exactly, the person before me also…..?? & people have trouble with the muffin ones being gummy?
I really don’t know! I wish I could help. I have made this recipe in 3 different Instant Pots at my house and they’ve all turned out. It’s hard for me to guess. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful.
But the thing is you have never used boxes for these or the muffins etc only home made so that is why I’m wondering if that’s what makes a difference in the the turn out?? Because it is not true to the recipes for time or other things if the batter is alot thinner maybe, other people have said that with the muffins so I’m not sure how well you can use this recipe or how to alter if for time to get them to come out decent but its def not the same?
I’m sorry they didn’t turn out Brooke. I’m redacting my statement from the post about using other batters as they will differ depending on thickness, whole wheat flour or other, etc. I will delete that line so others don’t have the same fate as your pancake bites.
Ok thank you so there’s no direction on what to do for special boxed mixes etc then? I have no idea how to get them to turn out right it’s frustrating since I bought the molds for that 😞
I was so excited to make pancake bites, but….
I just made these pancake bites ( so careful to follow exactly ..) and threw them out! They were the same as yours Brooke. Gooey, undercooked and yuke!
So sad and what a waste!
I used ‘the perfect flour by Namaste’ which says to sub 1:1 ratio with wheat flour…not so much!
What brand and type was the “batter mix” that you used. Was it a pancake one or just a general batter?
Sherry Poppe says
Sorry but just ok. I did as directed but didn’t seem to be done. Perhaps i stirred batter to much, or perhaps need another minute of cooking. Also, why do we need to spray silicon molds? May try again and not spray and minute longer. Might also add cinnamon.
I know those silicone molds are supposed to be non stick but I have had mixed results trying to get baked goods out of them when I don’t spray.
What changes do I need to make if using a 3 quart pot? I have two molds. Using your recipe as written I assume I can make a batch, refill and make another batch.
I would use the same cooking time in the 3 quart.
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Just made them for a super early supper! They’re great, and so much more fun than normal pancakes. Bonus: the cook gets to sit down and eat and not keep flipping! I used Bisquick with a extra ingredients they list for the “ultimate” pancake: sugar (powdered for me), baking powder (there’s already some in the mix), vegetable oil and vanilla extract. So it mirrors yours to some extent, Karen. Thank you!
Next I’ll try egg bites – and I wondered about making little cakes? I’m all about cake mixes, though! would the time be the same as for pancake bites?
I also wondered about oatmeal cups that I’ve made in cupcake tins. Not like muffins, mostly oatmeal with egg, oil, milk and add-ins like fruit or seeds or nuts, etc. I can email you the recipe.
Yum I want to try those oatmeal bites!! Cakes would probably be same amount of time. I would use the 2 Tbsp of batter.
I was curious if these would freeze well? I’d love to make a bunch and have them for quick breakfasts for the kids when I return to work. Thanks for the recipe! I’m excited to try them!
Yes I bet they would!
This sounds good. 14 minutes on low or high setting?
Peggy Daugherty says
What would the cooking time be if making 1/2 recipe? I only have 1 egg mold.
Lynn Hughes says
Cooking time will not change. Think of it as if you put 1 chicken breast or 2 in a pan in the oven. The time to cook the chicken doesn’t change.
Yep!! Thanks Lynn.
It’s the same time!
Yes you can. You’ll need about 2 cups of batter.
Just follow the bisquick directions on the back of the package to make pancake batter. then fill each mold with 2 Tbsp of the batter.
Can you use self-rising flour in this instead of regular flour? Yummy
I bet that would be fine. Self rising flour has some baking powder it in already. So you may want to reduce the amount of baking powder in the recipe.
I spread mine out on a baking sheet to freeze them, THEN pop into a Ziploc bag, “burping” the air out before sealing. They keep very well when frozen like that, and do NOT stick together at all.
Great idea! How do you reheat them, please?
Pop them into a microwave 30-45 seconds
Have you tried making ahead then reheating when ready to serve?
I did reheat one and it was pretty good. Of course not as good as fresh. That would be my preference.
Do you have the instructions for oven bake? I only have a 3 qt IP so the molds won’t fit in my.
Martha brown says
I bought egg molds for my 3 quart on Amazon.
Can I use regular granular sugar except powdered sugar with the same measurement? If substitute used, how will it affect the pancake bite? Thanks Karen!
Hi Daniella, I haven’t tried this but I suspect it would be okay. It might be a little more grainy. I would use a little less white sugar, probably about 1/4 cup.
Can you use almond milk instead of regular milk?
Yes that would be fine!
Could I use almond flour.
I am not familiar with how almond flour affects baked goods. But I would give it a shot. Have you used almond flour for pancakes before? How did it go?