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Here’s everything you need to know about freezing pancakes! Cook a large batch and you’ll have the most convenient and delicious breakfast for your toddler and the whole family.

Cooked pancakes on wire rack.
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Why you should freeze pancakes

Nothing beats freshly cooked pancakes on a lazy morning. But as a mom of two littles, those mornings are long gone as I always feel like I’m fighting against time. Not to mention my two hangry kids who want to eat as soon as they open their eyes.

Perhaps you can relate?

Therefore, having ready-made pancakes in the freezer is a MUST. You will be able to serve a healthy and delicious breakfast with very little effort.

But nobody wants freezer burnt, mediocre pancakes. Here’s how to freeze your perfectly cooked pancakes so they taste just as good as the day you made them.

Here are more make ahead breakfast ideas for kids!

How to Freeze Cooked Pancakes

With baked goods, like muffins, bread, cakes, etc., I like to flash freeze first! By doing so, more nutrients are preserved and it prevents the food from sticking together.

This way you can just pull out whatever you need rather than having to thaw everything together.

I’ve also learned that it reduces the size of the ice crystals that get formed over time, which will help retain more moisture once thawed. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Pancakes in baking tray and placed in the freezer.
A two image collage of pancakes placed flat and rolled up in freezer bag.
  1. Cook pancakes and allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack. Do not stack them on top of each other. Otherwise they will become soggy.
  2. Once cooled, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet or plate. Line with parchment paper for easy removal and clean up.
  3. Place the tray in the freezer for at least an hour, until the pancakes are frozen solid.
  4. Remove and place in freezer bag or airtight container for storage! Be sure to label with the date (I like to add the best by rather than when it was made).
  5. Freeze for up to 3 months.

How to Freeze Pancake batter

Pancake batter frozen in ice cube trays.

First prepare the pancake batter and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. You can also portion it out into individual servings, using ice cube trays or mini freezer trays.

Or just freeze all of the batter and thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

How to Avoid Freezer Burn

Pancakes in freezer bag with a large straw inserted in the corner.

This happens when food is exposed to air. Therefore, do your best to remove as much air as possible. If using storage bags, stick a straw into a little opening and suck all the air out.

For containers, press some plastic wrap or foil onto the surface of the food to prevent it from coming in contact with air.

Note: Freezer burn does not make food unsafe.

How to reheat frozen pancakes

When ready to enjoy, pull out as many pancakes as you wish and reheat using any of the following methods:

  • On the stove – Heat a pan over medium-low to low heat. Melt some butter (optional). Place pancakes and cook, flipping once, until warmed through, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Microwave – Place pancakes on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, depending on the size and number of pancakes. The only drawback to this method is that the pancakes can get soggy and somewhat tough so be sure to cook briefly.
  • Toaster – Toast on the lowest setting and check frequently until heated through.This method is preferred if you like your pancakes a little crispy.
  • Toaster oven: Heat the oven to 350°F and reheat for 8-10 minutes, or until heated through.

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How to Freeze Pancakes

Here's everything you need to know about freezing pancakes so you can enjoy them whenever as a quick and easy breakfast or snack.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 pancakes
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Ingredients 

  • 6 pancakes

Instructions 

  • Cook pancakes and allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack. Do not stack them on top of each other. Otherwise they will become soggy.
  • Once cooled, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet or plate. Line with parchment paper for easy removal and clean up.
  • Place the tray in the freezer for at least an hour, until the pancakes are frozen solid. Remove and place in freezer bag or airtight container for storage! Be sure to label with the date (I like to add the best by rather than when it was made).

Notes

Freeze for up to 3 months
Nutrition facts based on 3 ingredient banana oat pancakes

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 1mg
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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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  1. 5 stars
    Freezing pancakes is such a time saver in the morning! I’ve been managing it OKKKKAAYYYY but these tips will make it great; thank you!