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8 25 pancake add ins

33 Pancake Add-Ins

Need some ideas for some fun pancake add-ins? Look no further!

25 pancake add ins

Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it is the only meal we always eat together every day no matter what our schedules look like. We are all such huge breakfast lovers that we sometimes enjoy breakfast for lunch or dinner, too.

Pancakes have always been a favorite in my family. However, sometimes we want to jazz up our pancakes and try something different. We’ve put together a list of 33 pancake add-ins you will surely enjoy! No more complaining of “plain pancakes” with these add-ins. Simply start with our homemade pancake mix and add in these great options for some delicious homemade pancakes!

Pancakes are obviously a family favorite for me, but having them every morning for breakfast can get tiring for the kids. So if you need more amazing breakfast ideas, along with ideas to fill your kid’s lunch boxes, come join us! You can also sign up for our FREE newsletter and get ideas sent straight to your inbox weekly!

MOM Tip: Double or triple your recipe and freeze the extras!

Need a gluten-free pancake mix? You can find ours here.

  1. Strawberry Banana—chopped strawberries and mashed banana
  2. Peanut Butter (or nut-free spread) and Jelly
  3. Banana Nut (Walnut)—mashed banana and chopped walnuts
  4. Apple Cinnamon—applesauce (and/or tiny chopped apples) and cinnamon
  5. Mixed Berry—chopped strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. (can use frozen)
  6. Lemon Blueberry—lemon zest, lemon juice, and blueberries
  7. Pumpkin Pancakes—pureed pumpkin and pumpkin spices
  8. Cinnabon Pancakes—brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla
  9. Chocolate Chip Pancakes—mini chocolate chips
  10. Coconut Pancakes—coconut milk, topped with coconut flakes
  11. Chocolate Pancakes—cocoa powder
  12. Yogurt/Greek Yogurt Pancakes—add in favorite yogurt
  13. Orange Cranberry—orange zest, orange juice, and chopped cranberries (dried or fresh)
  14. Honey Pancakes—drizzle honey in batter
  15. Raspberry White Chocolate Chip—raspberries and white chocolate chips
  16. Bacon Pancakes—cooked bacon
  17. Carrot Cake Pancakes—finely shredded carrot, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla
  18. Nutty Pancakes—a mix of chopped nuts
  19. Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes—oats and dried raisins
  20. Mint Chocolate Chip—mint extract and chocolate chips
  21. Buttermilk Pancakes—substitute buttermilk for milk
  22. Pineapple Pancakes—crushed pineapple
  23. Coffee Lovers—espresso powder
  24. Gingerbread Pancakes—ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses
  25. Maple Cinnamon Pancakes—pure maple syrup and cinnamon
  26. Banana Split—mashed bananas, mini chocolate chips, and chopped cherries
  27. Zucchini Pancakes—sneak in shredded zucchini
  28. Chocolate Peanut Butter—cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and peanut butter
  29. Nutella Pancakes—MOMables sunflower seed Nutella
  30. Snickerdoodle Pancakes—brown sugar and cinnamon
  31. Macadamia Nut—chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips
  32. Eggnog—eggnog instead of milk
  33. Lemon Poppyseed—lemon zest, lemon juice, and poppyseeds
10 how to freeze butter

How to Freeze Butter

Can you freeze butter? You might be surprised that you can!

how to freeze butter

I love to bake a lot, and one of my staples of baking is butter. I admit that I’m guilty of starting to measure out everything, I’m almost ready to mix, and only then do I turn to the fridge and find we are out of butter and I have no alternatives in the house. So when I see butter on sale, I try to stock up and put some in the freezer to keep for when I get in a baking mood.

MOMables has so many tips just like how to freeze butter that are made available to you. Better yet, we provide a weekly meal plan that gets sent straight to your inbox! No hassle! All you do is print out your shopping list, hit the grocery, and boom! You have everything you need for the entire week! Interested? Get started here!

How to freeze butter couldn’t be any easier. Simply keep your butter in its original packaging, place it in a freezer-safe bag or container, and put it in the freezer! It is as simple as that. Don’t forget to put the butter inside a freezer-safe bag though because the butter can absorb the smells and tastes of other things in the freezer, which is not a good thing. Not that I know from experience or anything.

When you are ready to use your butter, just thaw it in the refrigerator, or you can use it straight from the freezer if very cold butter is needed for a specific recipe.

Not a fan of butter? Check out our list of baking substitutions you can use instead!

How to Freeze Butter

how to freeze butter
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Freezer bag or container

Instructions

  1. Keep the butter in its original packaging, and place it inside a freezer-safe bag or container.
  2. When needed, you can thaw butter in the fridge, or use it directly from the freezer if a specific recipe needs very cold butter.

Notes

Butter can keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

 

 

 

3 chicken pot pie soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Do your kids love those packaged chicken pot pies that come in a box? Now you can have it in soup form!

chicken pot pie soup

This recipe is one your entire family will surely enjoy!

Quick dinner recipes are always a favorite in my house. Sometimes as a mom, the pressure is on to continually deliver dinner and lunches that satisfy all members of the family! And it can be hard! Fortunately, MOMables is here to relieve some of that pressure and help you put together lunches and dinners your family will love!

Related: Top 5 Thermos Containers We’ve Tested

I love to be able to put together a dinner in less than half an hour and be done (well, except for all the dishes)! This Chicken Pot Pie Soup is exactly that.

The ingredients are simple—things we usually have in our pantry, and everything comes together so quickly. My husband absolutely loved this dish—he is a chicken pot pie lover, so this soup was a huge hit with him! My daughter prefers the soup without “spiciness,” so I have to lower the amount of seasonings to her taste, but when I did that, she absolutely loved it too! This recipe was a big win in our family, and I’m sure it will be in yours, too!

This soup would be perfect in a thermos the next day for lunch!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

chicken pot pie soup
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts
  • 2 cups dried medium egg noodles
  • 1/2 teaspoon each seasoned salt, dry mustard, chili powder, and ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup half and half or light cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the butter until melted
  2. Add the carrot, celery, onion, and garlic to the pot, and cook until tender, for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the broth, chicken, noodles, and seasonings.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the half and half and flour, then add it to the pot.
  7. Add the broccoli and peas to the pot.
  8. Simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  9. Spoon into bowls and enjoy!

 

4 how to freeze eggs

How to Freeze Eggs

Have you ever wondered if you can freeze eggs?

how to freeze eggs

It is actually very easy to freeze eggs. If you have more eggs than you can use within a few weeks, then you can always freeze them to preserve them. I always love finding new ways to use my freezer!

There are a few ways you can freeze your eggs.

First, you can freeze whole eggs, or freeze the yolks and whites separately. You can also freeze your eggs using different containers. You can either use ice cube trays or freezer-safe bags/containers. The method you use is completely up to you.

I personally prefer freezing whole eggs, but when I am baking, sometimes I have an extra egg white or yolk that I didn’t need to use and freezing is the perfect way to save it for later. Otherwise, I forget about it in the fridge, and they end up going bad and being thrown out.

MOMables isn’t here just to help you pack fresh lunches, we are here to help you waste less, stretch your grocery budget, and come up with great ideas to feed your kids fresh foods. When you sign up for the weekly newsletter, you’ll get lots of great tips and recipes each week.

To freeze whole eggs, you simply mix the eggs together and pour the mixture into either an ice cube tray, or a freezer-safe container or bag. If you will need to use individual eggs, it would make more sense to make sure each ice cube tray holds only one egg so that you can easily separate them. If you don’t need to pop out one egg at a time, you can easily pour your egg mixture into a labelled freezer-safe bag or container.

If you want to freeze the whites and yolks separately, you can do so as well. With egg whites, you simply place one egg white into an ice cube tray. Allow the egg whites to freeze separately on their own, and then combine them into a freezer-safe container or bag.

If you are going to freeze just the yolks, you will need to mix in either salt or sugar in order to prevent thickening. If you will be using the yolk in a main dish, add a pinch of salt per each yolk. If you are going to use the yolks for baking or desserts, add approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar per yolk. Freeze individually in ice cube trays, or in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Your frozen eggs can last in the freezer for 6 months to a year! When you are ready to use them, just allow them to thaw in the refrigerator. It’s really as simple as that! Just remember to label your bag or container with how many eggs and if you added any seasonings to them!

 

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