CASA GRANDE -- I recently purchased the meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer and have been busy grinding meats and experimenting with sausage-making, so we’ve been eating a lot of breakfast-for-dinner in our house lately.

When I ran across the concept of pancake cereal — tiny, bite-sized pancakes that are often served in a bowl with either milk or syrup and fruit — I had to give it a try.

Pancake cereal recipes have dominated TikTok and several internet sites lately as a new way to enjoy a classic breakfast food.

There are several recipes, ranging from classic buttermilk pancake cereal to healthy, vegan pancakes.

Any pancake recipe can be used to make the bite-sized cakes, even a box mix.

The secret is, rather than ladling the pancake mixture onto the skillet, a squeeze condiment-style bottle — such as a ketchup dispenser — is used to squeeze the pancake mix in coin-size amounts onto the skillet. The result is a tiny, crispy pancake.

Rather than a fork, pancake cereal is eaten with a spoon.

Pancake cereal can be fun, especially for picky eaters. A bowl of this deliciousness can be topped with milk, sprinkles, fruit, chocolate chips, whipped cream, powdered sugar or just about anything to suit any taste — even gummy worms. With so many ways to eat it, pancake cereal can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

For my first time making pancake cereal, I focused on a slightly healthier, sugar-free banana pancake version found on SkinnyTaste.com. The recipe is sweetened by the banana but for those who want a sweeter pancake, a bit of honey or sugar could be added.

Making pancake cereal is no more difficult than making regular pancakes, but each serving can be more than a dozen mini pancakes — ours were about the size of a quarter. During cooking, each pancake needs to be flipped. After the third or fourth batch, flipping dozens of mini pancakes can become tedious, but because the pancakes are so small, they have a short cooking time — just one or two minutes on each side — and the cooking goes pretty quickly.

When we made pancake cereal, we served it up in a bowl topped with fruit and maple syrup, sprinkles and a bit of milk. It was delicious and went very well with the homemade turkey sausage.

The recipe is fun and easy and offers a new way to eat a classic breakfast food.

Banana pancake cereal

1 cup almond milk

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 banana

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Various toppings such as fruit, sprinkles, maple syrup and whipped cream.

Add milk, flour, banana, eggs, olive oil, vanilla, baking powder and salt into a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour batter into a condiment bottle. For those who don’t have a condiment bottle, either a pastry bag or a plastic zipper bag with the corner cut off could be used.

Heat pan to medium high heat and spray with oil.

Squeeze little pancake dots and cook until top is dry and forms bubbles.

Flip the pancakes with a spatula and cook until the other side is done — about one to two minutes on each side.

Transfer to bowls and eat as a cereal, topped with desired toppings.

Homemade turkey sausage

This easy-to-make breakfast sausage fries up nicely as patties. The addition of a little oil to the mixture keeps them from getting too dry when cooking and the sugar gives them a hint of sweetness. Ground chicken or pork also works nicely in this recipe.

2 pounds ground turkey

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons dried oregano

3 garlic cloves, diced

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix very well. Shape into small patties.

Fry patties in a large skillet over medium heat until brown and no longer pink in the middle, about seven minutes per side.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.