Friday, February 27, 2015

foodie friday : pancakes for Myles

I have tried to have a tradition of Saturday Pancakes whenever Kyle has a weekend off, but then we found out that Myles is allergic to eggs, and it got a little more complicated.  Once Myles was old enough to eat them, I started trying to find some toddler friendly pancakes ideas.  Since bananas are often an egg substitute in some recipes, I googled some eggless banana pancake ideas, and then put my own spin on them.

I didn't want them to be void of flavor since toddler + syrup seemed like a bad idea... and plain old banana seemed just a little dull.  So I made the batter, and then heated up and stirred in... some creamy peanut butter.  Cook them up silver-dollar sized and you have a wonderfully flavorful, minimal-mess, toddler friendly pancake.  No syrup needed.

eggless peanut butter and banana pancakes
inspired by this recipe

1 C All Purpose flour
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
dash of cinnamon
3/4 up to 1 C of milk depending how dense you like your pancakes.
1/2 of a very ripe banana mashed well
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
~2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter warmed in the microwave (optional)

Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Mash up your banana in a separate bowl; add the vanilla and vinegar.  Toss in your dry ingredients.  Add the milk slowly;  the original recipe called for 2/3C of milk but the pancakes were just ridiculously dense (as in the batter didn't smooth out into nice flat circles when I put it in the just glopped down and I had to kinda smash it flat); not the nice fluffy ones I like.  I would start out with 3/4 of a cup and see how that seems compared to normal batter you use, then thin it down if necessary.  I then warm the peanut butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds so it is easier to stir in to your batter.

Go ahead and fix a bunch of little pancakes.  You can let them cool off and throw the extras in a freezer bag.  I like to warm 2 or 3 up in the microwave for Myles straight from the freezer for a quick breakfast with some fresh fruit.  Breakfast is just so difficult with an egg allergy, Myles is refusing anymore oatmeal for a while and I don't feel guilty letting him have these... like the sugary cereal bars he may have been known to break fast with.  They aren't messy at all since I don't give him syrup and he LOVES them.

They really are pretty tasty with syrup too :).  Not just for toddlers.

1 comment:

  1. Luckily we don't have to deal with the egg issue here, but I'm definitely still trying these - I like the idea of giving Hendrik pancakes for a little something different for breakfast but definitely don't want to deal with syrup and also want to make sure he has some protein with his breakfast. Adding peanut butter is brilliant! Even more brilliant is the freezer approach. Definitely doing that.


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