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How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles

Next time you make a batch pancakes or waffles, make some extra and follow this quick and easy tutorial for how to freeze pancakes and waffles (I’ve also given instructions on how to reheat pancakes and waffles!).

You’ll get to enjoy them throughout the next few weeks for breakfast with hardly any effort at all. Your morning routine and family will definitely thank you!

How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles

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Why I Love Frozen Pancakes & Waffles

Lazy mornings of pancakes and waffles cooked up whenever the kids fancy are just about gone. In less than a week Logan and Madeline will be heading back to school. Can you hear me sighing with relief?

We’ve been spending our time basking in the last few weeks of summer by going bowling, attending swimming lessons, and taking family field trips to the splash park and science center (where I met blog reader Rachel from Georgia. Hi, Rachel!).

As much as I love spending time with the kids, we’re all definitely beginning to crave the added structure that comes with going back to school. I’m looking forward to being able to spend quality time with them when they’re home, working when they’re not, and being better able to separate work and family time.

I’ve braved the back to school sections of Target, Office Max, Walmart, Staples, and then still had to order one item off of Amazon. Seriously, when did these lists get so complicated? I finally have everything organized and tucked away in their backpacks.

I’ve put away their new clothes – of course hiding Madeline’s because she’ll totally want to wear the “new pretty clothes” before school starts. Yes, I may sound organized, but trust me, this level of organization won’t last beyond the first two weeks.

However, rarely do I have time to make a hot breakfast from scratch. Instead, I rely on this easy method of freezing pancakes and waffles to get me through those crazy school day mornings.

It’s important to me to know what and where the food my kids are eating came from. The best way I know to keep track of that (and keep my sanity) is to add packaged food convenience to the food I make anyway. By freezing homemade pancakes and waffles ahead of time, I’m ensuring that we all have a healthy start to our day.

freezing pancakes and waffles

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Supplies Needed for Freezing Pancakes & Waffles

Can you freeze pancakes and waffles easily? Of course! You’ll need very few supplies in addition to the prepared pancakes and waffles.

That’s it!

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Freeze Pancakes & Waffles

Cook pancakes or waffles according to recipe directions. Allow the pancakes or waffles to cool completely.

Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Place the cooled pancakes or waffles on the baking sheet, making sure that they do not touch each other.

Place the baking sheet into the freezer. Allow the pancakes or waffles to freeze for at least 6 hours.

Once the pancakes or waffles are completely frozen, stack them in a zip top freezer bag or freezer-safe container and use a marker or tape label to add the date to your storage container.

healthy waffle recipe with whole wheat and flax

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How to Reheat Pancakes

The best way to reheat pancakes depends on how many pancakes you are reheating at a time. There are some different options for how you choose to reheat them when you’re ready to enjoy them for breakfast. One of them uses a toaster oven or traditional oven and the other uses a microwave oven.

They’re both super easy, just pick the method that works best with the amount of frozen pancakes you’ll be reheating!

How to Reheat Pancakes in the Oven

Using a traditional oven works great when you want to reheat a large amount of pancakes at once and you’re feeding a crowd.

Preheat a traditional oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the desired number of pancakes on the baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake for 5-15 minutes, or until they are heated through.

You’ll want to check them every 5 minutes because times can vary based on ovens and what type of waffles you’re reheating (Belgian vs traditional, for example).

How to Reheat Pancakes in the Toaster

The toaster oven works great when kids want to grab a couple of pancakes out of the freezer and reheat them for their breakfast.

Place one pancake into each slot of your toaster, and toast the frozen pancakes on medium-low heat until warmed through. Note that you do not need to defrost the frozen pancakes before reheating them.

You’ll also want to watch the pancakes closely as the edges tend to burn if you set the toaster temperature too high.

How to Reheat Pancakes in the Microwave

This method works great for reheating a couple of pancakes at a time.

Stack pancakes on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pancakes are heated through. After 1 minute, check every additional 30 seconds.

5 grain pancakes

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How to Reheat Waffles

There are two easy ways to reheat waffles when you’re ready to enjoy them for breakfast! One of them uses a toaster oven and the other using a traditional oven.

How to Reheat Waffles in the Toaster

This method works great when you only need to reheat a couple of waffles for breakfast.

Place frozen waffles into toaster and toast as you would a piece of toast. This may take more than one cycle depending on your settings.

How to Reheat Waffles in the Oven

This method is great when you are feeding a crowd and have a large number of waffles that you want to reheat at once.

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Line the desired number of waffles on the baking sheet.

Bake for 5-15 minutes, or until they are heated through.

You’ll want to keep an eye on the waffles as you reheat them and check every 5 minutes during the reheating time. Times can vary based on ovens and what type of waffles you’re reheating (Belgian vs traditional, for example).

Healthy Applesauce & Oatmeal Pancakes

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Tips for Freezing Pancakes & Waffles

You definitely do NOT want to skip freezing the pancakes and waffles on a parchment paper-lined baking tray. The reason you freeze pancakes and waffles first on the baking tray is to give them time to firm up before sealing them in a zip top bag. If you place them directly into the freezer bag, they’ll get squished as soon as you lay the bag flat in the freezer.

Also note that if you are freezing more that one layer of pancakes or waffles, you can simply use another sheet of parchment to separate the layers.

This method for freezing pancakes and waffles works with any recipe. It doesn’t matter if you’ve made your pancakes and waffles with chocolate chips, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or anything else. You can’t freeze pancakes or waffles that have been soaked with syrup, but otherwise you can freeze pretty much any variety you make at home!

Easy Pancake and Waffle Recipes:

Looking some tasty pancake and waffle recipes to try? Check out some of these favorite recipes — all of them will freeze well using these instructions — or browse the recipe index archives for even more great recipe ideas:

Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes are fun, colorful, all-natural and dye-free! Top them with strawberry name and fluffy, vanilla whipped cream.

Ginger Molasses Pancakes with Brown Sugar Glaze are perfect for the winter holiday season.

For something a little healthier, try these Healthy Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes.

It is really fun to make these Carrot Cake Pancakes with White Chocolate Pecan Butter during the spring.

Our favorite waffles are these Healthier Whole Wheat Waffles.

5 Grain Pancakes with Flax is great if you like to mix up your own pancake mix.

What’s your best back to school tip for easing the transition?

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How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes & Waffles

How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes & Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

Next time you make pancakes or waffles, make some extra and follow this quick and easy tutorial for How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles.

Ingredients

  • Cooked pancakes or waffles
  • Extra Large Sheet Pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Freezer
  • Gallon sized Zip Top Bags

Instructions

How to Freeze Pancakes & Waffles

  1. Cook pancakes or waffles according to recipe directions. Allow the pancakes or waffles to cool completely.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper.
  3. Place the cooled pancakes or waffles on the baking sheet, making sure that they do not touch each other. *
  4. Place the baking sheet into the freezer. Allow the pancakes or waffles to freeze for at least 6 hours.
  5. Once the pancakes or waffles are completely frozen, stack them in a zip top freezer bag or freezer-safe container and use a marker or tape label to add the date to your storage container.

How to Reheat Pancakes & Waffles

  1. Oven Method: Preheat a traditional oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the desired number of pancakes on the baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through.
  3. Toaster Method: Place frozen waffles or pancakes into toaster and toast as you would a piece of toast. This may take more than one cycle depending on your settings.
  4. Microwave Method: Stack pancakes or waffles on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until the pancakes are heated through. (Note that this method is really best for pancakes).

Notes

*If you are freezing more that one layer of pancakes or waffles, you can simply use another sheet of parchment to separate the layers.

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1 waffle
Amount Per Serving Calories 218Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 52mgSodium 383mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 6g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Tiffany

Wednesday 4th of May 2016

Thanks for the technique on cooking and reheating. My son wants chicken and waffles for one of his entrees at his graduation party. How do I keep the waffles crisp prior to serving when I have to have enough for 50 ppl? Will layers of waffles on parchment paper or foil work inside an large roaster on warm? Help is MUCH appreciated.

Katie Goodman

Thursday 19th of May 2016

I would layer them on cookie sheets on oven racks (rather than a toaster oven) - using the method of option 2 outlined in the post but with a full sized oven rather than a toaster and putting as many racks as you can in the oven. You can also add stackable cookie cooling wire racks to create additional shelving in the oven. Since you have a larger number of people and want to keep all the waffles warm, I would turn the oven temp down to 250 so they don't crisp too fast and you can keep them warm for a longer period. I haven't tested warming in a roaster oven to know if they will stay crispy. Hope that helps!

Melissa French, The More With Less Mom

Monday 21st of September 2015

I always triple pancakes so I have extras to toss in the freezer. I linked to this in my Pancake Mix Fix post. Thanks for sharing.

Katie Goodman

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

Thanks for sharing my post :)

LB

Friday 24th of October 2014

Question: Do you thaw out the pancakes before reheating?

Katie Goodman

Friday 24th of October 2014

I do not thaw them before reheating.

Jude'

Thursday 15th of August 2013

How long do these store in the freezer? Great idea! Thanks!

Kelly @ My Little Corner of Eden

Sunday 17th of November 2013

Breads and cooked fench toast will freeze well for appx 6-8 months. Given that pancakes have a little higher moisture content though I'd aim for something closer to the frozen shelf life of cakes, 2-4 months. The nice thing about freezing is that the food won't spoil even if it is kept longe and is perfectly safe to eatr, however the texture and taste can become less appealing over time.

Katie

Thursday 15th of August 2013

We never keep them longer than a month just because we eat them up that fast.

Squeaky Bear

Sunday 3rd of March 2013

I just made a huge batch of chocolate belgian waffles which I am going to cut in 4s and freeze using your method! Thanks! I don't know why it hasn't occurred to me to do this earlier, I make waffles a few times a week. Now dad has an easy breakfast to make the small ones!