Monday, January 18, 2010

Quick and Healthy Pancakes

I am not a fan of prepared foods. I try very, very hard not to buy prepackaged foods. I mean, have you read what the ingredients are in a box of frozen waffles?  I try to follow my golden rule of food as often as possible.

So in an effort to provide healthy choices to the boys for breakfast without spending an hour making them something from scratch while scrambling to get everyone on the bus on time, I make up plenty of breakfast items ahead of time and freeze them.  Just as easy as the boxed frozen foods, but way better for us!

These items include homemade, from scratch: Pancakes,Waffles, Bagels and Biscuits. So on a busy morning, it's very easy to warm up one of these items, pair them up with some eggs or fresh fruit, and you have a healthy and quick breakfast. 

Here is my pancake recipe, I'll be posting the waffles, bagels and biscuits soon as well!  I usually double the recipes on a weekend morning and then freeze whatever is left for the week.

Pancakes:
2 cups Homemade Biscuit Mix
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tbs Milled Flaxseed
1/2 cup Water
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
(I do not sweeten my pancakes, but if you prefer to, I suggest using a bit of agave nectar in place of white sugar)

Mix ingredients together until well blended. There are a couple of secrets to perfect pancakes and this is one of them: Mixture should not be too thick...if it is lumpy and comes off your spoon in clumps, add more milk or water until just a tad runny, but not so runny that it will puddle all over the place.  Am I making sense? How about a picture: Make sure it looks like this:



Got it? Ok, cook on a hot griddle.  I keep mine at about medium heat.

*Pancake Perfection Hint #2: Cook on the first side until bubbly.  Your pancake won't be overcooked this way!

Then flip, cook the other side until it steams, then they are perfect!

Enjoy with some warm maple syrup!


Or just eat it like a big cookie.  You choose.


Make sure you make enough for left overs.  Then place on a cookie sheet or baking rack and freeze.



Once frozen, store in airtight, freezer safe container.

Stick in the toaster or microwave to warm up just like you would the boxed kind!

These pancakes are super good for you, easy and way cheaper than anything packaged!

Check out some more recipes by fellow Mom bloggers at Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday post!

3 comments:

  1. Those look good thanks for the tip about keeping them. We always have leftover of pancakes i never knew if we could keep them or not

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  2. Thank you for that recipe and tip! I cringe when I read the labels so we eat oatmeal or yogurt every morning, which is boring! I will try this this weekend.

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  3. I do this too (freezing pancakes). So easy and so worth knowing what is in your kiddos food! And it's a money saver!

    My son has those buzz Lightyear pjs too!

    I like the message of making your families happiness from scratch!

    I'll be back!

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