When I was growing up my Dad would hold “Pancake Parties”. One night a week, after supper, he would mix up some pancake batter and fire up the griddle. His idea was to make a week’s worth of pancakes so that each morning he could have them for breakfast. I clearly remember helping him with this. Sitting in our small kitchen, talking about everything and nothing, M*A*S*H on our kitchen’s little b&w TV, filling the background.
Now, with kids of my own, I see the importance of doing things that brings you together, something as easy as making pancakes that can give you the time with your child(ren) to talk about everything and nothing. Cooking is a great way to do this and most of the time kids love to help in the kitchen.
These pancakes are delicious. Fluffy and peanut buttery. A little maple syrup on top and it is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. If your kids are banana eaters they would be a wonderful addition.
The batter to these pancakes is thicker than the usual, but the pancakes still manage to come out fluffy and light. I will often double this recipe as my boys love pancakes, but also to have a few left over for breakfast the next day.
Peanut Butter Pancakes
1 1/4 cup flour
2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup milk, dairy or non-dairy
1/4 cup peanut butter
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In small bowl or measuring cup, stir together the milk and peanut butter til smooth. Add to the dry ingredients and beat just until a batter is formed. Do not overbeat.
Lightly oil a nonstick saute pan or griddle over medium heat. Spoon the batter by 1/4 cupfuls inot the pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately.
*I did not oil or use butter for my griddle, it’s non-stick and worked fine without it.*
I got this recipe from ‘Color Me Vegan’ one of the newer cookbooks from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. It is a beautifully photographed book that encourages you to add more color to your diet by eating all kinds of fruits, veggies and grains. It talks about eating what’s in season and recipes are arranged by color. This pancake recipe came from the Brown section.
No matter what kind of diet you you eat it’s always good to add more color to your plate. We’ve taught the boys to look for rainbows of color in choosing their food. Now they ask for extra carrots or a few apple slices if they think they aren’t getting enough color on their plates. Sometimes they even have a contest to see who can eat the most colorful supper. Any way I can get them to eat a few more fruits and veggies is always a plus. <grin>