Loaded Pancake Muffins

Greetings from San Diego, California!  We are having a great time here so far with our friends Nick and Micah and it’s a really beautiful city.  Saturday was our first full day here and we went to Micah’s college graduation from California State University San Marcos.  It was a really nice outdoor ceremony and afterward we headed to lunch and then Carlsbad Beach for Micah’s graduation beach BBQ party where we cooked out and had some time on the beach.  This was my first time seeing the Pacific ocean!  I guess I had beginner’s luck because I spotted a multitude of dolphins that were swimming so close to shore and were just hanging around in the same spot for a while.  I was ecstatic as I feel like dolphin sightings are usually pretty rare in the middle of the day.

Overall, we had a great time at the beach and only had one casualty - Mr. Wishes took a surfboard to the forehead and ended up in the emergency room.  I felt so sad for him!  Five hours and 12 stitches later and he is good as new.  Just a minor setback, but yesterday we were back on track and in full vacation mode once again.  In the afternoon we all headed out to the Padres game and it was so much fun!   They won the game 13-4.  It was nice to be at a game again after such a long time of being out of the major league baseball scene.  I am a big NY Yankees fan but I’m mostly just a fan of baseball in general. 

After the game Nick and Micah showed us around downtown San Diego and Coronado Island and we ate lunch at Lolita’s Mexican restaurant.  I think we will definitely be making another trip back there as I’m now addicted to their food.  We are not sure what’s in store for us the rest of the week but I will keep you posted on all of our adventures.

These muffins were something I whipped up last weekend when Mr. Wishes said he was craving pancakes.  I wanted to do something untraditional and ended up making these pancake muffins.  They turned out really well and would be great for a brunch or an easy “grab it and go” weekdaybreakfast.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Loaded Pancake Muffins Recipe with chocolate chips, cranberries, and walnutsfor Breakfast or brunch

Loaded Pancake Muffins Recipe with chocolate chips, cranberries, and walnutsfor Breakfast or brunch


Yields: 6 muffins

1 cup Pancake Mix (Bisquick, etc.)

3/4 cups Water

1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

1/2 cup Craisins (or dried fruit of your choice)

1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate)

Muffin liners and Muffin Pan


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line muffin pan with 6 muffin liners in the middle rows.

Combine pancake mix with water, stir, but don’t over mix.

Add in remaining ingredients and stir.

Evenly divide mixture into muffin cups and bake for 15 minutes.

Insert a toothpick in the center of one and if it comes out clean, you’re ready to enjoy!  Mine took exactly 15 minutes.

Recipe source:  1227foster.com

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, hiking, running, singing, animals, cruises, Disney World, , dining out, the Christmas season, fireworks, weddings, storms, 80's music, musicals, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

41 Responses to “Loaded Pancake Muffins”

  1. joejoe
    May 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

    “mr wishes took a surfboard to the head”.. im prett sure those words have never been spoken by anyone ever before now

  2. May 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM #

    Wow these look amazing! We love pancakes around and I think this muffin would go over well!

    • May 20, 2013 at 3:24 PM #

      Thanks, Nancy! We are huge pancake fans, too :)

  3. May 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

    These pancake muffins look amazing, Ashley! So perfect for breakfast and full of delicious ingredients – great recipe!

    • May 20, 2013 at 3:24 PM #

      Thanks, Georgia! I appreciate your nice comment :)

  4. May 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM #

    Oooh sounds like you guys are having a blast! I hear San Diego is gorgeous! These muffins look sooo yummy too, perfect breakfast goodness!

    • May 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM #

      It is so gorgeous here! I love it! Thanks, Kayle :)

  5. Nick (aka Mr. Wishes)
    May 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM #

    Now that the surfing accident story has officially been broken here on wishesndishes.com, I can’t wait for all of the phone calls and text messages from family (including parents) and friends who are finding out about the incident via social feeds on their mobile device. It isn’t just a blog, it is a 2-day late emergency notification system.

    • May 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

      At least they are finding out after they already know everything worked out fine :) And nobody’s called yet – so this will be the TRUE test to see how many people actually read the text of what I write :)

  6. May 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM #

    I hope your husband is doing okay. It’s always such a bummer to have an issue while on vacation.

    • May 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM #

      He is doing good now…we are lucky it wasn’t anything worse. Thanks, Laura!

  7. May 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM #

    Oh no! I hope he heals up quickly, that’s awful to hear. On a side note, these muffins look so tasty! Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in SD!

  8. May 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM #

    Looks delicious, Ashley! I never thought of making muffins out of pancake mix, but it sounds like a great idea!

  9. May 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM #

    They look really lovely – what a brilliant idea you had!

  10. May 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM #

    Nice job, Ashley; sorry about the Mr. and hope he’s on the mend. I have not been to the Pacific, but my Mr. was born there and we have family in San Diego,(among other parts of So.CA)

    • May 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM #

      Thanks, Tonette! We love California so far :)

      • May 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM #

        If you get to St.Jacques Chocolates, my sister-in-law is the chocolatier.

        • May 21, 2013 at 3:01 AM #

          Awesome! Where is that?

  11. May 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM #

    Oh no! Poor Mr. Wishes! By the way, I love Coronado Island, went there once. It’s beautiful there! Also, these pancake muffins look totally delicious.. totally!!

    • May 21, 2013 at 3:02 AM #

      AWww thanks, Ruby! I loved Coronado Island!

  12. May 21, 2013 at 7:02 AM #

    Hope the Mr feels better soon my friend – though these muffins are perfect for taking care of him :)

    Choc Chip Uru

    • May 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

      Thank you! He is much better now :)

  13. May 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM #

    I love the idea of pancake muffins – YUM! Hope Mr. Wishes feels better soon!!

    • May 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

      Thanks, Marie! He’s much better

  14. May 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

    So I saw these yesterday, couldn’t stop thinking about them, and made a variation last night! You post the best recipes!

    • May 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

      Awwww thanks, Laurie! I’m so glad you liked them!

  15. May 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

    I don’t know my way around San Diego; apparently it is actually in El Cajon(?)Here is a blurb:
    “Max” is my sister-in-law, Margaret.

  16. May 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM #

    These muffins look great when you want a portable pancake! Which is like always!

    • May 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM #

      Portable pancakes…love it!!

  17. May 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM #

    These look SO rad, Ashley! Kinda wishing I had six right now.

    Also, I’m glad you’re enjoying SD despite the surfing incident–ouch! Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m wishing I were closer because I’d love to meet you! If you get the weird urge to drive 8 hours north to Sacramento, I’m here!! :)

    • May 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM #

      I know..I’d love to meet you too!! Why does Cali have to be such a huge state!! lol

  18. May 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM #

    What a neat idea –pancake muffins! Will have to give this one a try. And wow, it sure is loaded! :) Great post Ashely.

    • May 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM #

      Thanks, Anne! It definitely was loaded :)

  19. May 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM #

    This combines 2 of my favorite breakfasts! Such a cool idea. Definitely a must try. Glad to hear you’re having a nice time in Cali. :)

    • May 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM #

      Thanks, Tina! It really is a great time so far

  20. May 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM #

    These win my heart. I wish I could eat pancakes all the time.. so now I can in muffin form! Thank you!

    • May 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM #

      They are great for “pancakes on the go” :)


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