The Instant Pot Egg Mold Hack Facebook Can’t Stop Talking About

You'll never make pancakes the old-fashioned way again.

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September 26, 2019
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Every once in a while, a cooking hack pops up that makes me wonder how I didn’t think of it first — and, in this instance, that hack involves an egg mold, pancake batter and the Instant Pot. Confused? Let me explain.

I stumbled upon a technique for making "pancake bites" while browsing the Instant Pot Community Facebook page (which is honestly the only reason I check Facebook anymore). With two million very active members, this page has become my gold mine for genius ideas and fun inspiration surrounding all things IP. But when I first saw pancake bites, I thought it sounded crazy and, if I’m being honest, like a total waste of time.

Whipping up a stack of pancakes is rather simple the traditional way, and I consider the crisp, buttery crust from the griddle too mouth-watering to pass up. But it seemed like every day I checked the page, another person was filling the feed with rows and rows of adorable, poppable pancakes. And since they were posed as a quick way to meal prep a hearty and satisfying breakfast for the entire week, I found myself intrigued.

Multiple blogs and Instagram accounts have posted instructions for making these bite-sized pancakes (also referred to as pancake muffins), but the main gist is this: After mixing your pancake batter of choice, fill up a silicone egg mold about 3/4 of the way with the batter. Cover with foil. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and your trivet to your Instant Pot and place the foil-covered mold on top. Set your Instant Pot to high-pressure cook for 5 to 8 minutes, then allow a natural release for 3 to 5 minutes. Quick release the remainder of steam, remove bites and enjoy!

I now admit I was wrong and pancake bites are totally worth the 10 (give or take) minutes. Think of these dippable bites as the donut-hole version of pancakes — basically, it’s your solution to that pancake craving without having to invest the time in a huge stack of flapjacks. Add blueberries to some batches, or mix in chocolate chips to others. Either way, you’ve got an on-the-go breakfast that will make any day feel like a relaxed Sunday morning.

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