We Heart Pancakes
When my kids and I talk about breakfast options for the week pancakes, waffles, and French toast always come up as options.
Do you like to eat pancakes?
Most of us in my home enjoy pancakes, everyone except my husband. When he thinks of breakfast, pancakes, waffles and French toast do not come to his mind. He likes to eat bacon, eggs, hash browns, grits-he likes a feast.
And the opposite is true for me.
I don’t wake up wanting eggs for breakfast-I fault pregnancy for this. It’s been years but I still have a difficult time eating eggs for breakfast.
Even though I don’t want to eat eggs for breakfast, I will whip up and sling out egg orders all morning long in Little Kitchen for my family.
So here is my dilemma…if I’m making pancakes for breakfast, just me and the kids will eat.
And if I’m making eggs for breakfast, just my husband and the kids will eat.
SO, I found a way to make everyone happy without being a short order line cook for breakfast.
Waffle Iron Love
Guess what my non-waffle loving husband did?
Even though my husband doesn’t like to eat pancakes, waffles or French toast for breakfast, he and our son went shopping for a waffle iron for me.
They totally surprised me with this! I thought this was such a thoughtful gift for those two to get me.
Especially knowing how my husband doesn’t care to eat pancakes, waffles, or French toast for breakfast.
I have used my waffle iron for all kinds of fun stuff from making scrambled eggs, hash browns, muffins, biscuits, just cheese (OH YES!), sandwiches, dessert…you name it, I may have tried it in the waffle iron.
Do you have any waffle iron Eats you want to share?
Some of those waffle iron Eats were a success and went over well. But then there were other Eats that were a total bust.
I will share some of those successes with you here soon.
Not just for Valentine’s Day
I make heart pancakes year round, not just for Valentine’s day.
Although my kids may not ask for it, if I make any other shape you can bet the heart-shaped ones are eaten first.
I make small quarter size pancakes, Mickey Mouse shaped, heart-shaped, with or without nuts, fruit or chocolate and super huge pancakes. Any fun shape my kids will eat.
I don’t use a mold for them, I just free hand my shapes. After you make a couple it gets easier. And hearts are not difficult to make. You can always shape them with your spatula, too!
When I free hand these, it’s in the wrist movement and the amount of batter you use.
And you know what? They aren’t perfect every time. I say it gives them character.
Besides in the end it’s going to be eaten, so that’s what matters to me. I’m not striving for perfection in the shape as much as I am striving for a healthy, delicious and fluffy pancake.
Fluffy Pancake Batter Secret
I’ve made several versions of whole wheat, oat flour, flax pancakes or coconut pancakes (a favorite of ours!). I love taking the time to make it from scratch.
Even though I am food blogger and prefer to make a lot from scratch I need shortcuts, too.
So I will open up that yellow box of Bisquick pancake mix from time to time. And my kids rave about those pancakes.
I decided to take my homemade ingredients and mix them with Bisquick mix. And I’ve produced incredibly fluffy pancakes that are healthier.
I amped up the nutritional value to the Bisquick by adding organic milled flax and whole wheat (or oat flour). And I use coconut oil or spray when making them.
I will share some of those other delicious pancake recipes here in the future. But I think you’ll really like these!
Double Up & Freeze
For the weeks when I know we have lots of busy mornings I decided to make a double batch of these super fluffy proof pancakes on an afternoon or a morning that wasn’t hectic.
And once the pancakes cool, I lay them flat to freeze. When they are frozen I seal them all in a freezer bag. Then I am ready for those busy mornings or days I make eggs for everyone (or mornings I don’t want to cook!).
If I’m willing to buy frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast from my grocery store, then why not do it with my own pancakes, waffles and French toast?
This was an easy decision to take the extra work & time to help me for those busy weekday mornings. And when I’m making eggs for my husband & kids and they want pancakes, too I can reheat these quickly for me.
This ends up more like dessert for breakfast but I’m okay with that on special days. I have always had a sweet spot for pancakes for as long as I can remember.
And it makes me happy as a mom that my children love my healthier pancakes, too!
Do you make an extra batch of pancakes (waffles or French toast) and freeze them for the week ahead? I’d love to know your shortcuts and time saving tips.
Let me know what works in your home.
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