Not able to find a box of pancake mix on the shelves? No problem! Thankfully homemade pancakes are very easy to make and use basic pantry ingredients - phew! You can do this!
I love how versatile pancakes are! Pancakes can be served first thing in the morning or when having breakfast for dinner. And, with this recipe only requiring one bowl for mixing, cleanup will be easy!
Dress pancakes with your favorite fixings or use them to make mini breakfast burritos. Encourage your kids to get creative! My son recently ate his taco-style; my daughter used to request a pancake sandwich in her school lunch - fun!
Ask your kids how they would like them served - the child that wouldn't eat eggs may now eat them if wrapped inside of a pancake. You won't know until you try!
And, last, but likely most important, this breakfast post is in response to what I believe is a common 'mom struggle'. I often hear parents
complain comment on how their kids are begging asking for snacks all...day...long. What does that have to do with pancakes? Read on!
I believe there are many reasons for the non-stop snack requests. The most recognized reason is that kids, when bored, often think of food. Unfortunately, most 'snack food' served is not at all filling and is quickly digested which leads to kids asking for more. Likewise, most commonly served breakfasts are easy to digest and will not leave a child feeling full for long. Pancakes, made with wholesome ingredients, are not only easy to make but they are filling, too!
Kids require a lot of energy and energy comes from food. Beginning the day with a hearty and healthy breakfast will help start their day with the energy they need to focus, play, and grow. And, because these pancakes contain:
- Fiber from oat flour. When white whole wheat flour becomes available again, it will make a fantastic higher fiber substitute for all-purpose flour and will also contribute fiber to these pancakes
- Protein, primarily from milk and egg
- Carbohydrates from milk, flour, and sugar
- Healthy fat from olive oil
...your kids will feel full longer!
These super-simple pancakes are healthy, easy to make, and kids love them! One of my daughters likes her pancakes plain while the other prefers peanut butter and maple syrup. My son turned his into pancake tacos, putting his 'toppings' inside before eating it.
If you choose not to let the batter sit before cooking, you will end up with very flat (but still edible and tasty) pancakes. For fluffier pancakes, sift the flour once or twice before adding it to the dry ingredients and/or let the batter sit a little longer before pouring on to the pan.
Let your kids be creative with toppings! Peanut butter, sliced bananas, and a light drizzle of pure maple syrup make a perfect combination! So does almond butter and sliced strawberries! A few mini chocolate chips to top it off? Sounds good!
Super Simple Pancake Recipe
- ½ cup white whole wheat flour can substitute unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ cup oat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder aluminum-free
- 2 tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup milk I use skim milk.
- 1 egg whisk well with a fork
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add wet ingredients one at a time to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
- Pour about ¼ cup of batter on to a hot, lightly oiled pan.
- Cook for about 2 minutes. When the edges appear cooked and the entire surface is covered with small bubbles, use a small spatula to flip the pancakes over. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Serve warm and enjoy!