In my dream world, I have time to make pancakes for breakfast every morning. OK, maybe that’s not quite true; I’d probably want eggs some mornings, too. Potentially a huge plate of eggs benedict with extra hollandaise and avocado on the side on occasion. And maybe one day, I’d feast on Belgian waffles. But you’re missing the point here. The point is having time in the morning to do things like make pancakes. I might, you could argue, just wake up a little earlier and make this dream a reality. But I already get up at 5:00 a.m. during the week and I’m not sure even pancakes are worth me setting my alarm “in the 4s.” Of course, if we were in my dream world I’d be getting 8-9 hours of sleep every night, so it wouldn’t really be a big deal… But we are most certainly not in my dream world. Depressing, I know.
So basically, pancakes are reserved for the weekends. Sigh. While I’m kept pretty satisfied with a stack of simple buttermilk pancakes and large amounts of maple syrup, I like to mix things up every now and then. I had a box of cinnamon toast crunch sitting atop my fridge for a ridiculous amount of time, so I decided to do what any reasonable person would do… Put them in pancakes.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Pancakes (serves 4):
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- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 2 T sugar
- 2 t baking powder
- 2 t cinnamon, divided
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 C Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, crushed
- 1 1/4 C buttermilk
- 3 T unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 t vanilla
- 1/4 C maple syrup
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, 1 t cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.
Then mix in the crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, egg, and vanilla.
Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring until they’re just combined, but being careful not to over mix.
Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat and pour about 1/4 C batter onto it. Cook pancakes for about 1-2 minutes on each side, until they’re nicely browned. Repeat with all batter.
Stir the remaining 1 t cinnamon into the maple syrup for a little extra delightful topping for your pancakes.
Every single bite of these pancakes were heavenly. I think fluffy is the biggest compliment you can give pancakes. Hi Cinnamon Toast Crunch Pancakes; you are the fluffiest.
Did you know that cinnamon is like really, really healthy for you? It can lower your bad cholesterol and your blood sugar, too. It can also allegedly improve your memory. Just from smelling it.
Which makes me feel like I should keep a dish of it on my desk because I’ve been having the worst memory issues lately. Seriously, I feel like an 80-year-old woman who forgets people’s names and tasks I was working on 5 seconds earlier. I guess that’s a good argument to get up and make these every morning?
Did you ever notice that the Cinnamon Toast Crunch illustrations on the box look so skeptical? Why so grumpy, guys? You’re Cinnamon Toast Crunch, that’s a pretty sweet gig. Plus, you get to be in these pancakes. CHEER UP.
And now I’m talking to the drawings on the cereal box. I guess I’ll need more than cinnamon to help me at this point.
What would you have for breakfast every morning in your dream world?