Breakfast recipes for kids should have several components: fun, deliciousness, nutrition, and ease to prepare. Pancakes are a favorite breakfast treat for kids and unlike the ones you get in restaurants they can be made to be all yellow lights! Homemade pancakes are quick, easy and fun to make. Plus, they are much healthier than making pancakes from a box as they have less sugar and artificial additives.
On their own, homemade pancakes can generally be healthy until you start adding red light toppings. The familiar additions such as butter, maple syrup and whipped cream may be regular favorites, but they add lots of extra calories, fats and sugar to the meal. Ideally, breakfast recipes for kids should omit the unhealthy stuff while preserving flavor.
You can easily turn pancakes (or any other breakfast recipe for kids) into a healthier meal by adding fruit! Get creative in the kitchen and experiment with using different fruit to flavor your pancakes. You can mix in fresh or frozen fruit such as blueberries, pears or apples. You can also add additional fruit as toppings. Once you get into a habit of using fruit, the kids (and adults) won’t even miss the old red light toppings!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (not white!)
- 1 cup milk (skim or 1%)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup chopped fruit (apples, pears or blueberries)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- splash of vanilla extract
- Non-stick cooking spray
- raspberries or blueberries (you can stew berries over medium heat for about 10 minutes so they get juicy and like syrup!)
- unsweetened applesauce
- non-fat yogurt
1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon).
2. Mix all wet ingredients in a small bowl (milk, egg)
4. Gently mix in the chopped fruit to the pancake batter.
5. Heat pan on medium heat and apply non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter onto pan into small rounds. Flip pancake once you see the pancakes start to bubble. Cook until lightly browned and serve with your fruit toppings!
Pro tip: Make a double batch and freeze the extras! They will come in handy for when you need an extra snack to add to a lunchbox or a quick breakfast during the school week. Don’t forget to check out these great Healthy BBQ Recipe Ideas as well!
Coach Amy is a firm believer that everyone can love their veggies as long as they are given the opportunity to explore them in creative and tasty ways. She has taught over 300 nutrition and cooking classes to kids, adults and seniors across the Bay Area. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Queensland, Australia and a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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