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If you’ve ever been stuck with leftover pancake batter, you’re not alone. Instead of throwing it away, turn it into something way more creative, like waffles, muffins, crepes, or even pizza! Some leftover pancake batter ideas have generated millions of views on TikTok, so we’re sharing some of our best uses for extra pancake batter,
Over 25 million pancakes go wasted because home cooks burn them, drop them, or ruin them somehow. If you don’t know how to cook pancakes, that’s an entirely different issue, but if you’re just stuck with extra pancake batter, I’ve got some ways to use it up.
In fact, you might be surprised at how versatile pancake batter can be. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet, there’s a good chance that your extra batter can be used. Here’s what we found!
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Ah, yes, pancake cereal. This is a trendy way to use up extra pancake batter that has taken social media by storm. If you can believe it, pancake cereal has 1.6 billion views on TikTok.
Start by pouring small, bite-sized drops of batter onto a hot griddle or nonstick pan. Use a squeeze bottle to help control the size and shape of the pancakes. Cook until the pancakes are golden brown on both sides, then transfer them to a bowl. You can add a little butter or syrup if you like or even top them with fresh fruit or chocolate chips. The result is a unique breakfast or snack that’s perfect for sharing (or just for indulging in by yourself).
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This definitely isn’t your grandma’s spaghetti, but it’s definitely a different way to use leftover pancake batter. A record 1.7 million viewers on TikTok liked this remix, so obviously there’s something to pancake spaghetti. Here’s how to cook it:
- You’ll need to thin out the batter by adding a little bit of water so it has a more pourable consistency.
- Pour the batter into a squeeze bottle or a piping bag with a small tip.
- Heat up a pan of boiling water and squeeze the batter into the water, creating long, thin strands that resemble spaghetti. Cook the “spaghetti” for a few minutes until they float to the surface, then remove them with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl.
- Top your pancake spaghetti with your favorite sauce, such as marinara, alfredo, or even a simple butter and garlic sauce. You can also add some Parmesan cheese or fresh herbs for extra flavor.
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Pancake cake videos on TikTok have over a million views. Here’s how to make it:
- Make a stack of pancakes just as you would normally, but make them thinner and smaller in diameter.
- Once you have a pile of pancakes, you can layer them with your favorite frosting, whipped cream, or fruit jam between each pancake just as you would with a traditional cake.
- Top it off with more frosting or fresh fruit and you have a tasty and creative dessert that’s perfect for a breakfast birthday party.
Customize it with different flavors to the batter or mixing and matching fillings and toppings.
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Add the batter into a muffin tin, filling each muffin cup about 3/4 full. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. You can add flavors like blueberries, chocolate chips, or cinnamon to your batter as well.
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With over two million likes on TikTok, pancake bites is another winner for leftover pancake batter. Making pancake bites is similar to making pancake muffins but in a mini muffin tin. Fill each cup about 2/3 full with batter, add your toppings, and bake until cooked through. These make great bite-sized breakfast options.
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You may already use your leftover pancake batter for waffles, but millions of social media viewers still think pancake waffles are a new idea. Simply preheat your waffle iron, pour in the batter, and cook until golden brown. You can top your waffles with butter and syrup, fresh fruit, or whipped cream.
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To make crepes with your pancake batter, thin it out with a little milk or water until it reaches a thin, pourable consistency. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and pour in enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan in a thin layer. Cook until the edges start to brown, then flip and cook the other side. Fill your crepes with sweet or savory fillings like Nutella, berries, ham and cheese, or spinach and feta.
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Heat a few inches of oil in a deep pot or fryer until hot. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil and cook until golden brown on both sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar or serve with your favorite dipping sauce. You can also use a mini muffin pan or an Ebelskiver pan.
Pour your batter into a large, oven-safe skillet and bake until cooked through. Top with pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and your favorite toppings. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
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Pancake Bread Pudding
Cut leftover pancakes into small cubes and place them in a greased baking dish. Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract, then pour over the pancake cubes. Let the mixture soak for at least 30 minutes, then bake until set. Serve warm with maple syrup or whipped cream.
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Pancake Grilled Cheese
Use pancakes in place of bread to make a sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich. Spread butter on one side of each pancake, then add your favorite cheese and toppings. Cook in a nonstick pan over medium heat until the cheese is melted and the pancakes are golden brown.
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Layer crumbled pancakes with whipped cream, berries, and pudding in a large, clear bowl. Repeat the layers until you reach the top of the bowl, then chill for at least an hour before serving.
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Pancake Ice Cream Sandwich
Sandwich a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two small pancakes. Roll the edges in sprinkles, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts for extra flavor and texture.
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