Introduction: Pocket Pancakes

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Have you ever wanted to hit the trail or slopes early in the a.m. and take a delicious breakfast snack that's good on-the-go? Well here's the answer you've been waiting for... Pocket Pancakes!

A healthier option than most toaster pastries, making pancakes this way allows you to pack in a delicious/healthy assortment of ingredients while keeping your hands free of ingredient goo.

Let's get started!


Check out some of my other cold weather projects!:

The Astro Sled
Beer Koozie Mittens
Hot Toddy Recipe
Mason Jar Tea Set

Step 1: Supplies & Prep

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Food Bits

  • pancake batter (a packaged one or your favorite recipe)
  • filler ingredients - some combos to try are:
    • scrambled egg + bacon + fresh dill (pictured)
    • chocolate chips + banana bits + walnuts (pictured)
    • mixed berries + almonds
    • granola + yoghurt dollop
    • ricotta cheese + candied lemon peel
    • rhubarb + strawberries
    • Nutella + hazelnuts
    • cheddar cheese + ham bits + dollop of non-runny salsa


  • heat source (stove burner, outdoor cook stove, fire coals)
  • skillet
  • flipper
  • squeeze bottle* (like ones used for mustard at diners)
  • cutting board + knife (depending on chosen ingredients)


Step 2: Set Up to Get Down

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Time to get French with some 'mise en place' and lay out all of the tools and ingredients you're going to use in small prep bowls.

Turn your heat source to medium and start heating up the skillet.

Step 3: Testing, Testing

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Test your skillet to see if it's ready by putting just a tiny dollop of pancake batter in the center. If bubbles start to form in the batter within a 10-15 seconds, the pan is hot enough to go to cookin'.

Step 4: Laying the Pancake Foundation

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The way I've chosen to make these pancakes, in the shape of pockets using the squeeze bottle, is fun, but optional. I'll show you how to do it this way and then walk you through an even simpler method.

Fill the squeeze bottle with batter.

Draw a rectangle-like line of batter with pointed ends. like pictured. Then fill inside the lines with batter using a spoon. I chose this shape so that when I folded the shape in half, the finished pancake would look like a pocket. (big dork, I know)

Step 5: Add the Good Stuff

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On the center of only one side of your shape, add a few tablespoons (total) of your chosen ingredients. (like pictured)

Step 6: Fold It Over

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Then flip the non-stuff filled pancake half over so that it covers the other side entirely. (like pictured)

Make sure the edges of both halves connect by gently pushing down along the edges with the flipper.

Put a lid over the pancake and let it cook a little longer than you would for a regular pancake. Keep checking the skillet side of the pocket pancake to make sure it's not burning. Flip it if necessary and replace lid.


If you want to make this project even simpler, skip the squeeze bottle and the pocket shape and just make two regular round pancakes, fill one in the center with ingredients and after a minute or so, flip the non-filled pancake wet batter side down onto the other one. The rest is the same as above.

Step 7: You Are Ready for Lift Off

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You'll see once your pocket pancake is done, that the edges have 'fused' together, completely sealing in the ingredients keeping your hands from coming in contact with anything other than the dry cooked pancake. Win!

Put your pancake(s) in a waxed baggie and slip them in the pocket of your ski jacket or hiking vest, and go!


WesternFlyer75 (author)2015-09-15

That crunch sound at the end was the best

wannashmig (author)2015-03-19

You are a god damn GENIUS!. I am a proponent of the pocket sausage, but this is just incredible!

jon_chalk (author)2015-03-18

Now I have a good excuse to make pancakes!

hanskellner (author)2015-03-16

This might make for a great cycling snack. Always looking for alternatives to the candy sport snacks.

StuNutt (author)2015-03-12

Great idea :)

I often have to go out to support "Ham Radio Emergency Volunteer" activities ( usually not emergencies, but we use community events like marathons, cycle rides, charity walks etc as practice communications events) early in the morning, and even when I have time to grab a bowl of Granola Toasted Oats and fruit my tummy is rumbling by 9 or 10, with maybe another 4 hours to stand-down.

A bag of Pancake Pockets will be ideal as a "keep-me-going" until I can hit a Big Mac on the way home! I'll need to find a bottled pancake mix that will keep in the fridge ready for call-outs!

Stu (radio G3OCR)

StandingOnStones (author)StuNutt2015-03-14

I've heard that regular pancake batter can be put in a clean ketchup bottle in the fridge until the event of a pancake-making emergency arises, although I haven't tried it for myself.

StuNutt (author)StandingOnStones2015-03-15

Mmmmm - Don't normally use ketchup, but a plastic milk bottle would probably work (and can be sent to recycle when done to avoid having to try to clean it for re-use!)
Thanks for the info - I'll give it a try :)

StandingOnStones (author)StuNutt2015-03-16

You're very welcome.

Paige Russell (author)StuNutt2015-03-13

Great! Let me know how they go.

srid (author)2015-03-12

This is wonderful. Thanx. Can you share batter recipe please )

Paige Russell (author)srid2015-03-13

Hi srid, I just bought an off the shelf buttermilk pancake mix that I added milk and eggs to. Sorry, no recipe with this one!

srid (author)Paige Russell2015-03-15

Made it yesterday, сool idea. Thanks again

ianheavy (author)2015-03-13

Are you going to do an Instructable of a food safe tailorable pocket lining for portable snackette storage?

jmyers1 (author)2015-03-13

Tasty! I wonder how these would freeze. And I bet my kids would love these filled with pb and j.

betterways (author)2015-03-12

Hah. You just made making Dutch style pancakes that are filled with all kinds of goodies so simple. Usually, they are pan sized so flipping skipp or finishing in an oven is necessary. It never ocurred to me to add ingredients to ordinary, small pancakes! Which is strange because I had figured out that making patties of whatever, crepes, etc are easier to turn without having them break or fall apart is easiest when they are small.

Paige Russell (author)betterways2015-03-13

Those sound delicious! More fillings to research...

wbogen (author)2015-03-12
Paige Russell (author)wbogen2015-03-13

Ahaha, that's GREAT! Thanks for finding this gem.

StuNutt (author)wbogen2015-03-12



kriemer (author)2015-03-12

Wonderful idea, very similar to a Japanese taste treat called Dorayaki. Typically stuffed with Azuki red bean paste. Lots of recipes available for that pancake and filling as well.

Hmmmm, pocket food.

Paige Russell (author)kriemer2015-03-13

Thanks for the Dorayaki tip! Lots more filling inspiration!

deluges (author)2015-03-12

Seeing you putting food in your pocket makes me think of Karadoc, a character of the french TV series Kaamelott who's always stacking food in his pockets, bed, tapes it under tables to make sure he always has a snack handy :)

Good squirrel-like survival technique!

Paige Russell (author)deluges2015-03-13

Haha, that's awesome. :) I do love me some snacks.

TFO-Shaitan (author)2015-03-10

Brilliant! I am making these tomorrow!

Thanks! Let me know how they came out.

paddlerjay (author)2015-03-13

What could be rude about complementing a beautiful woman - she exudes a love of outdoors and practicality, a sense of carefree freedom and the sort of inner strength and beauty that the so called 'models' and 'beautiful people' never could. She has natural beauty that no amount of make up or skin treatments could ever challenge !! No rudeness - just appreciation !

paddlerjay (author)2015-03-13

Gorgeous looking woman - who cares what youre eating if eating it with her !

VernJones (author)paddlerjay2015-03-13

Wow, I don't think that could have been anymore rude...

dirizary (author)2015-03-12

very nice

MichaelAtOz (author)2015-03-12

...then sprinkle with grated cheese, wait until it melts on the edges, flip, let it brown a little and serve.

BeachsideHank (author)2015-03-12

"Toaster Pastries"- a euphemism for "Toxic Shingles" no doubt. This is great, healthy stuff, thanks for posting.

trevor_calhoun (author)2015-03-12

I like the way you think ?

lfoss (author)2015-03-12

So, you're that girl that puts pancakes in her pocket. I think I'm in love..

kakashibatosi (author)2015-03-11

Interesting, but I think I'd rather eat it on a plate.

jam43040 (author)2015-03-11

As a backpacker, I love this idea!

bricobart (author)2015-03-11

Next challenge: Pocket Rice Pudding!

barkingdogbraclets (author)2015-03-10

thats so cool!!! ill have to try it one day

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