Mini-Pancake Appetizers

Throwing a brunch party anytime soon? This weekend?

If so, I hope you remember my Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes.

They were so good that I decided they needed to be shared.

I mean, dress-up-and-go-to-a-party-kind of shared…

Sort of 🙂

They’ve become appetizers for a breakfast party.

Just follow the same recipe (posted below), but make the pancakes much smaller– about the size of a silver dollar. Stack on top of one another and spear with a fancy toothpick and whatever fresh fruit you have on hand.

You know with me, that fresh fruit is always going to be blueberries.

Try bringing these to brunch for an easy, fun twist on breakfast.

Ingredients (10-12 small or two large pancakes, 1 serving)


  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 3 T whole wheat flour
  • 1 T oats
  • 1 tcornmeal
  • 1/2 t gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 t ground nutmeg
  • pinch sea salt


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  •  1 t powdered stevia
  • 2 Tunsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • Drizzle with Maple Cream


-Warm a flat skillet on medium-low.

-In one bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In another small bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Make sure banana is well mashed, unless of course you like to sink your teeth into a banana chunk every once in a while. If so, leave a few lumps. For thicker pancakes, omit 1 T water.

-Combine the two bowls of ingredients together. Blend well, but be careful not to overmix. For easy pouring (or pancake formation, really), you can transfer the batter to a small measuring cup with a pouring spout.

-Spritz the warmed pan with cooking oil. Pour pancakes into 4- or 6-inch rounds. Let the pancakes cook all the way through on one side before flipping. You’ll know they’re ready once you start to see bubbles forming on top, and when you can slide your spatula underneath without the cake falling apart. They should be golden brown in color. Each side takes about 3-5 minutes at a stable heat, but watch yours carefully.

-As each pancake finishes, remove the pancake and place on plate. I like to keep mine warm, so I’ll place another plate on top of the bottom plate. Don’t do this when they’re stacked, though, otherwise they’ll get smashed and you won’t have a fluffy stack to cut into later.

Party Idea: Parfait Bar


So it was my new friend Sareena’s 23rd birthday.

Sareena’s a doll. She’s new to Ames, about to have a baby in less than a month (so no libations allowed), and loves fun-themed parties at home, just like yours truly.

What did Sareena choose to celebrate her birthday? A small breakfast-themed party at night.

We had a great time. Sareena brought homemade Belgian waffles and bacon. Our other friend, Miss Sara Parks, brought a delicious egg bake (served cold!) that I might have to snag soon, and I might add that she made it almost 100% from locally-grown produce. it was delicious. I should have taken a picture!

I’ve been really into Make-Your-Own food bar parties, like the one Sareena hosted a few weeks ago (a pizza bar! details to come…). So I wanted to try a cute little parfait bar.

My friends really liked it. They said it was a nice, light dessert to top off a very filling meal.

Sareena blowing out the candle on her birthday parfait.

Plus, I’m convinced that everyone loves customizing what they eat. It’s one thing to put a lot of work into preparing and presenting a delicious food, but for some reason people seem to get a kick out of making their own more than anything.

We had organic yogurt, honey, cinnamon, blueberries from our favorite berry farm in Nevada, IA, strawberries, granola, and much more.

Pretty fun, right?

And to top it all off, we managed to get a sweet little candle on top of Sareena’s parfait. She loved it.

What did we do with the rest of the evening? Crafted adorable sun catchers. They’re called “Makit Bakits,” and making them brought me back to the good old days when I used to craft a lot during childhood.

And we got to watch the beads used to make the colors melt, which was pretty neat, too.




All in all, the breakfast party was a blast and a nice break from the more common, go-out-and-drink-heavily-to-deny-age-reality approach to birthdays that I loath.

More healthy recipes to come out tomorrow!