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Bacon Cheddar Muffins

Name a better duo than bacon and cheese... I'll wait. These bacon cheddar muffins are a quick and easy 3-ingredient recipe perfect for a busy morning!

Bacon cheddar muffins

Oh yeah... bacon, cheddar cheese, and fluffy goodness all in bite-sized form?! That's what you're getting with these bacon cheddar muffins. These muffins are a twist on my pancake sausage bites.

These muffins are the perfect savory breakfast recipe! Each bite is packed with soft pancake, pieces of bacon, and melted cheese. A serving size is 3 muffins and contains 258 calories and 18 grams of protein. It's such a delicious way to start the day!

This recipe only requires 3 ingredients so it’s quick, easy, and perfect for meal prep. I like to make a double batch of these on the weekend and heat them up during the week so they are ready for busy mornings. Dip them in syrup or take them to-go!

These are bacon cheddar muffins. There are fluffy muffins topped with pieces of crispy bacon and melted cheddar cheese. A hand is holding up one of the muffins and you can see the others in the muffin tin behind it.

What ingredients do I need?

The recipe only requires 3 ingredients! I love recipes that are EASY and use what I already have in the pantry and this recipe definitely meets those requirements.

  • Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Mix – Kodiak Cakes is the only pancake mix I ever use. I love the flavor, the nutritional components, and how easy it is to make. I use the classic Buttermilk flavor for this recipe, but you could use whatever mix you like the best!
  • Bacon – I use standard bacon from my local grocery store. Cook the bacon and chop into pieces before you add it to the batter. The smaller the pieces, the more evenly distributed they will be in all the muffins.
  • Cheddar Cheese - I use shredded cheddar cheese in this recipe. I pour half in the batter and sprinkle the remaining on top.
  • Water – You’ll need water to mix with the pancake mix. For the ratio, you will use a little less than the amount of mix.
  • Syrup – Using syrup for dipping is totally optional!

What substitutions can I make?

This recipe is absolutely one where you can make substitutions. Here are a few options:

  • Pancake Mix – I like to use Kodiak Cakes, but you can use whatever kind of pancake mix you already have!
  • Bacon – I use about 4 slices of standard bacon but you can use any kind and as much bacon as you want!
  • Cheddar Cheese - I think the cheddar flavor pairs nicely with the bacon but you can swap any kind of cheese you like best.
  • Syrup – I like to use some syrup for dipping, but you can totally add some syrup or vanilla to the batter before you bake the bites!
These are bacon cheddar muffins. There are fluffy muffins topped with pieces of crispy bacon and melted cheddar cheese.

What equipment do I need?

The main piece of equipment you need for this recipe is a muffin tin. If you have a mini muffin tin, that would work as well.

How do I make this recipe?

This recipe is SO easy. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine pancake mix and water. Mix to combine. (Don’t over-mix or the batter won’t rise well!)
  • Chop bacon into small pieces.
  • Mix ½ of the bacon pieces and cheese into the batter and stir.
  • Pour batter evenly across the 12 spaces of the muffin tin.
  • Sprinkle the remaining ½ of the bacon and cheese on top of the muffins.
  • (Note: If you want more bacon or cheese, ADD IT.)
  • Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until middle is cooked through.
  • Enjoy with a side of syrup!
This is a bacon cheddar muffin. It is a fluffy muffin topped with pieces of crispy bacon and melted cheddar cheese. This muffin has a bite out of it and you can see bacon pieces on the inside.

What is the trick to fluffy pancakes?

If you’re just using a simple mix, the trick is to not over-stir! I mix to barely combine the ingredients. This will make the bites extra fluffy!

Can you save pancakes?

I will store these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just heat them up in the microwave the morning you want them!

Is pancake eaten hot or cold?

You can eat these pancake bites hot or cold! They taste great both ways. If you want to heat them up, just pop them in the microwave. I eat with toppings both ways.

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4.95 from 19 votes

Bacon Cheddar Muffins

Name a better duo than bacon and cheese... I'll wait. These bacon cheddar muffins are a quick and easy 3-ingredient recipe perfect for a busy morning!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon ceddar, chicken bacon ranch, pancake bites
Servings: 4
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • muffin tin
  • oven

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pancake mix I use Kodiak Cakes Mix
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 4 pieces bacon chopped
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese shredded

For Dipping

  • syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine pancake mix and water. Mix to combine. (Don’t over-mix or the batter won’t rise well!)
  • Chop bacon into small pieces.
  • Mix ½ of the bacon pieces and cheese into the batter and stir.
  • Pour batter evenly across the 12 spaces of the muffin tin.
  • Sprinkle the remaining ½ of the bacon and cheese on top of the muffins.
  • (Note: If you want more bacon or cheese, ADD IT.)
  • Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until middle is cooked through.
  • Enjoy with a side of syrup!

Notes

3 bacon cheddar muffins are 1 serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe Rating




Allyssa

Monday 4th of October 2021

The perfect little muffin to get your day going! I also love to add a little sugar free syrup to the batter so it tastes a little like a bacon egg and cheese McMuffin!

Maya

Tuesday 7th of September 2021

I have made these several times now and love how easy and tasty they are! Most recently I tried adding chopped roasted bell peppers (sprinkled on top with the second half of the bacon and cheese) and it came out great. I have also added egg whites in the past to up the protein and that worked well too! Just use a little less water/milk if you do. Thanks for another great recipe Jordo :)

Alexandra

Friday 27th of August 2021

Perfect meal prep breakfast for the work week!

Abby

Friday 27th of August 2021

easiest recipe ever. they’re so fun to make with kids and make the BEST grab n go breakfast for the school year, even my husband takes a couple for his drive into work!

Sarah Oxford

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

So YUMMY and extremely easy to make. I love making these to have on hand for breakfast. These are also hubby approved!