Normally pancakes are a weekend or special occasion item in ComfyTown. I'm protein-minded, and on days with 4 kids under 4, ain't nobody got time to mix up pancake batter and wait for the tiny bubbles.
(Speaking of that, right now a tiny, chubby ADORABLE little hand keeps pounding on my keyboard. Hard to concentrate? Yes, it is. Difficult not to stop and chew on that chubby hand? You bet. Taking a break...TTYL.)
When I DO make pancakes, I try to make them as healthy as possible by "F'ing them up" (patent pending) i.e. adding alternative Flour, Fiber, Fruit, etc.
I will make up a large batch of healthier (FDA has not approved this term here) pancake mix, and either store the extra batter for later, or make extra pancakes and store them for later. Batter will last in the refrigerator for at least two weeks, probably longer. Cooked pancakes will last at least a week well-covered in the refrigerator, (if they stick together, put parchment in between) and you can freeze ANYTHING, especially if it's food you're going to top with syrup/agave/fruit, etc.
I will list my basic ingredients, you can add any solid or pureed fruit of your choice, fruit equals MORE FIBER. Can't have too much fiber, can you, Mehmet?
|Thanks. Also CTFD, bro. I go plenty.|
You can use flour or Pancake Mix, I like to use part baking mix, and part whole wheat flour.
Whole grains are great and all, but sorry Dr. Oz if I use ALL whole wheat flour, I'm basically making hockey pucks.
|Ground almonds not pictured, they look like sawdust|
2 cups Pancake Mix (or flour, or combo)
1 cup milk (box says 11/3c, too watery)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract (almond also good)
1 tbsp sugar (2 if you like it sweeter)
2 tbsp canned pumpkin (or whatever)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal (IRON, facts here)
2 tbsp ground almonds (optional, superfood)
Oil to cook them in, and 2-4 pats of butter
Prepare the pan
I don't have time/space/money/patience for any kind of grittle, (what is this, Mel's Diner?) so I prep a frying pan the way my lovely Nana used to, a layer of vegetable oil so the butter doesn't burn, and then a pat or 2 of butter. You might think you don't need the butter, but hey Jack, you're making pancakes so yes, you kind of do.
I have been very happy with this method, I've never had a "throw away" pancake, I don't understand when I see that term.
|Totally kidding. Flapjacks probably biodegrade.|
Except for my whole wheat ones.
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I'm doing a Kickstarter on a Rescue for "Throw-away Pancakes" right after I write this post. Find them homes!
What were we, oh yeah, pancake mix:
Mix all the ingredients until smooth, mine usually has small lumps and I'm okay with that. Do your usual pancake thing with the batter in circles, triangles, whatever shape you like. I start with circles and they often wind up more like triangles.
With the pumpkin pancakes, I sprinkled nutmeg on MY pancake, but my kids don't swing that way.
|I would also make them smaller for small kids.|
|Ground, raw almonds. Cheaper than vitamins.|
I have yet to master baking with almond flour, I can only replace about 1/3rd of the flour before bad things start to happen.
The pancakes have to cook a few minutes untouched, that's the hardest part for me. This is when my daughter, Lola asks me 75 times "Are they ready yet?"
This is a perfect time to teach kids the amazing Bacon Pancakes song. Point your earholes at this.
You need Adobe Flash Player to view, worth it
I do apologize that this song will stick in your head, heart and soul most likely for the rest of your life. There are eleventy-five remixes, including (and click these for links to them,)
a New York remix,
dub-step remix, whatever that is (trippy,) and
a TEN-HOUR extended version, which I highly recommend.
Okay, reel it in. Focus. This is why I don't usually do recipes.
Your pancakes are ready to flip when you see small bubbles.
|See what I mean about triangles?|
Could have flipped them a smidge sooner, but still fine.
I added berries on top, because AFTER the batter was already cooking Lola wanted "Strawberry pancakes" so here you go, Pigeon.
I top with fresh fruit, and either agave, honey, or now she asks for actual syrup, because that's what her older brother uses. Oh well, at least they're full of good nutrition. And fiber, did I mention fiber??