Fast Baked Pancakes with Easy Blueberry Topping
I love this pancake recipe for breakfast, to serve as a brunch item, or for a quick snack! For this recipe you will be baking one (any size) pan-shaped pancake (as if you were baking a cake) and then slicing into serving-sized pieces. Then, top with this easy 2-ingredient blueberry topping!
  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. Decide how much batter you will be making. Select a baking pan or baking sheet that will accommodate both your oven and the amount of batter you will be making. Grease the pan. NOTE: Shallower pans will require less baking time and deeper pans will require more.
  2. Prepare the batter (using the instructions on the pancake mix package or by making it from scratch). Add any additions to the batter at this point if desired. NOTE: If adding fruit or anything with moisture, baking time will be extended.
  3. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan. Add any additions to the pan at this point if desired.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean or until pushing gently on the center of the pancake with your finger springs back without creating a dent. NOTE: Baking time will depend on the size/shape of the pan, amount of batter and additions added. (For my shallow 8×8 pan with no moist additions, it takes just a few minutes of baking time.)
  5. Allow to cool for a minute or two before slicing into serving-sized slices. Serve hot or warm and with blueberry topping if desired.
Blueberry Topping
  1. Heat frozen blueberries and chia seeds together (quantity recommendation in Notes below) in a sauce pan over medium heat on the stove. You can add a sweetener if desired (but not necessary).  Stir frequently while heating through. Simmer for about a minute. Remove from heat and serve hot or warm with pancakes.
Recipe Notes
 Blueberry Topping Notes:

♦  The blueberries provide sweetness and the chia seeds provide the thickening agent.  The consistency of your sauce/topping will depend upon how much chia you use.  I recommend about 2 tsp of chia seeds per cup of berries for a thick sauce, more or less depending on the consistency you want. It will thicken more as it cools.  If it ends up thickening more than you want, you can thin it out with some water or juice.

♦  You can use fresh (instead of frozen) blueberries, if desired. With fresh berries, I would suggest adding a splash of water to the sauce pan at the beginning along with the berries and chia, to help in the cooking process.

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