Cinnamon Apple “Puffins”/Stawberry Nutella Pancakes

This past weekend we had some great breakfasts. Saturday morning I woke up and knew that I wanted to bake something for breakfast. My go to easy breakfast is always “puffins”. Puffins = Pancake muffins!!! They are so easy and so yummy and they can be customized to whatever you like. This weekend I made Cinnamon Apple Puffins. I usually make chocolate chip puffins but this weekend I felt very adventurous.

Cinnamon Apple Puffins

Sunday morning I woke up after a very restless night. I was tired and cranky and worst of all, we woke up so late. Hubby went into the kitchen and started making breakfast as I got Lily up. Pancakes again but this time real pancakes. Best of all they were toped with strawberries and Nutella. So yummy!!!

Strawberry Nutella Pancakes

Ingredients for Puffins:
2 cups pancake mix
1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons softened butter or margarine, 1 extra tablespoon for apples
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 apple chopped up into very small pieces
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cut apple into very small pieces. Add to a pan with 1 tablespoon butter, sugar and cinnamon. Cook on medium-high heat for about 6 minutes or until apples are soft. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. Make pancake mix by mixing the rest of the ingredients together, folding in the heated apple mixture. Adding the softened butter and maple syrup makes the puffins moist and fluffy. Also makes it so you don’t need extra butter or syrup ((even though we still use extra at our house)). Now add the pancake mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time to the greased muffin tin. Place in oven and cook for 8-9 minutes or until the puffins puff up and turn slightly golden. Serve while hot, either alone or with a side of butter and syrup. If you don’t want to make cinnamon apple puffins replace apple, sugar and cinnamon with 3/4 to 1 cup of chocolate chips or blueberries or whatever creation you want to make. The possibilities are endless!!! 🙂

The pancakes were made by the hubby because, I have to be honest, I’m not very good at making pancakes. I can never get it perfectly cooked on both sides unless he tells me when to flip them, so I leave the pancake making to him.