Cooking with kids…pancakes!

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This post is a bit of a fun one about cooking with kids and having fun in the kitchen! My 2 daughters LOVE pancakes and are always nagging me to make them, so I have to restrict it to weekends otherwise I would be flipping pancakes everyday of the week!!

So I thought I would try to put a ‘healthy spin’ on the usual pancakes and add a bit of fruit as well as substituting some of the plain flour for wholemeal flour. This recipe is for “American-style” pancakes as I love their fluffy texture and I think they are easier to make than the traditional thin pancakes!

This recipe is from the BBC Food Recipes website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes) and then I have adapted it to add a bit of a different take on the usual pancakes!

Ingredients:

100g plain flour

35g wholemeal flour

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 Tbsp caster sugar (can add less) – also try 1/2 Tbsp Truvia as an alternative

130ml milk

1 large egg

2 Tbsp Olive oil

Method:

–       Add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar/Truvia to a large mixing bowl.

–       In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, egg and olive oil together

–       Add the milky mixture to the flour and mix

–       Add spoonfuls to a hot frying pan

–       Drop the blueberries onto the dough whilst pancakes are cooking

–       Then flip them over and cook until golden brown!

Our girls loved dropping the blueberries onto the pancakes as they were cooking and then watching them go all gooey when I flipped them over!

You could also try other fruit such as raspberries, blackberries or raisins.

They are yummy eaten warm, straight out of the pan or add a drizzle of honey/syrup as a treat!

Another fun idea: 

Beetroot

Add pureed beetroot to the pancake mixture to make Pink Pancakes!! My youngest daughter loved this as it was pink and they both loved eating them. It is fun and super healthy too! Peel and boil the beetroots until soft or alternatively buy the ready to eat beetroots, which are super soft. Puree them in their own juice.

Some facts on beetroot…

–       It can turn your wee pink!! (due to the red colour compound betanin). Don’t be alarmed, this is just temporary!

–       It can lower blood pressure (proven in clinical trials)

–       It is an excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants

So why not give it a try??

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Enjoy…

 Paula x


 

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