Nothing says whole wheat pancakes more than blender wheat pancakes. If you haven’t tried this yet, its really quite easy. While I prefer to use our homemade pancake mix, this is a nice change. It makes great tasting fluffy pancakes that my family just loves, and it helps us to get through our 300 lbs of whole wheat.
Many people have posted different recipes for blender pancakes, but we use this one. Basically take milk and whole wheat kernels and blend them for about 5 minutes in a blender. Pancakes are an easy thing for kids to love, so its a great idea to add healthy stuff to pancakes to increase the nutritional density of them. And when you are using the whole wheat berry in a recipe, you can be sure all the nutrients are in tact. These include:
- Fiber (which helps those little kiddies stay full longer, and assists in digestion)
- magnesium (which helps calcium absorption, a must with little growing bones)
- B vitamins (which gives energy… (OK maybe you don’t want your kids to get too much of this one)
If your kids don’t really like pancakes, or you feel the need to mix it up a bit, these are some pancake ideas we’ve tried:
- Put your batter in an empty squeeze bottle (like you would buy for mustard at a picnic), and squeeze out letters and shapes onto the hot griddle.
- Add cinnamon or cinnamon chips to your batter.
- Add chocolate chips to batter, then make faces on the pancake like they do at IHOP.
- Add blueberries on top or in the batter or other berries.
- For toppings try peanut butter and syrup.
- My favorite topping is yogurt!
- Add oatmeal or other grains to the batter for a multi-grain pancake.
How do your kids like pancakes?
Tomorrow another grain that I’m almost sure every child likes.