Lunchbox Pancake Sandwiches

October 4, 2016 By Cathy — 12 Comments
Transform your breakfast leftovers into a fun and tasty pancake sandwich that will wow your kids!

Lunchbox Pancake SandwichesWe’re only about one month deep into the school year and already my boys are giving these borderline-whiny grumbles about lunch options. “Oh, turkey on wheat again?” “I’m not into vanilla yogurt anymore.” And my favorite passive aggressive complaint, “Um, that type of bread really isn’t my favorite.” So instead of sending them off to school with coal in their lunchbox (which just might happen if this persists), I thought why not pack them a lunch that will not only stop the complaining, but really wow them.

Lunchbox Pancake SandwichesWe have an ongoing debate about bread in our house. Me, explaining the benefits of whole wheat bread for their sandwiches and them, wanting just about anything else. So I’m always thinking of little tweaks to the basics and alternating those with their usual whole wheat sandies. I made these cute little corn muffin sandwiches which definitely received two thumbs up and now I give to you the pancake sandwich.

My younger (and far pickier) son Max is a lover of all things pancake. He would eat them daily if I let him and loves to order a breakfast pancake sandwich at the diner. He’ll pile bacon and eggs inside two pancakes, cut it into wedges and dunk it into syrup. Genius? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.

Lunchbox Pancake Sandwiches

Lunchbox Pancake SandwichesSo, I decided to apply the same basic concept to lunch. Their favorite sandwich fixings layered between two homemade pancakes. Remember these pancakes from last week? Well I made a double batch and froze the leftovers for easy breezy weekday breakfasts and now lunch. Some of our faves are smoked ham/swiss/apple butter, creamy peanut butter/sliced banana/honey and turkey/apple slices/honey.

It’s really a win/win in the packed lunch department. Delighted children and a happy mom. Now I just need to work on my whole wheat pancake recipe. 😉

Lunchbox Pancake Sandwiches

5 from 1 vote
Lunchbox Pancake Sandwiches
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Transform your breakfast leftovers into a fun and tasty pancake sandwich that will wow your kids!
Course: Lunch
Servings: 1 sandwich
Author: Cathy Roma |
  • 2 pancakes
  • Ham/Cheese/Apple Butter
  • Peanut Butter/Sliced Bananas/Honey
  • Turkey/Apple Slices/Honey
  1. Layer the sandwich fixings between the two pancakes. Eat and Enjoy!


Lunchbox Pancake Sandwiches

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12 responses to “Lunchbox Pancake Sandwiches”

  1. Love, love this idea! So cute and I think my kids would love a bit of a lunchbox change too!

  2. This is such a great idea, Cathy! I can totally understand where your boys are coming from, though. We’ve all been there so tired of the same breakfast or lunch day in and day out. I know I had to recently change up my breakfast routine because of that. What a great way to repurpose those pancakes and who doesn’t love a sandwich make of pancakes?! My niece and nephew would love these (and so would I….hehehe 😉 )

    • Cathy says:

      I’m such a creature of habit, I end up with the same breakfast and lunch day in and day out when it’s just me. Too bad my boys have higher expectations and so glad I had some extra pancakes!

  3. What a great idea! My kids would have flipped to open their lunchbox and find these 🙂

  4. My daughter used to eat whole wheat sandwich bread! Now she won’t touch it. Kids. 🙂 I know she’d be happy to eat a pancake sandwich, though. Even a whole grain one. This is a genius idea.

  5. This is so clever and cute! Though my kids no longer require a school lunch – I need to make this the next time they’re home (for lunch)! They will love it!

  6. Awesome idea Cathy! My boys would have loved this when they were younger!

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