As the main cook in the house, sometimes I get bored with making the same things over and over – and with kids, they have their favourites, and I happen to like it when they eat their meals.
Usually we have a smoothie first thing, but we are out of bananas (crucial to a smoothie in my opinion), so I decided to make pancakes. To mix it up a little, I decided to experiment and try to come up with a healthier option, and this is what I came up with.
Make sure your pear is quite ripe, otherwise you might as well use an apple. Either is fine really, but with pears they become pretty mushy and texture wise you hardly notice their there. Great for texture picky kids!
Printable recipe for your convenience is at the bottom!
Makes approximately 20 pancakes
1 ¾ Cup Flour
¾ Cup Oats
2 tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
¼ tsp Salt
½ tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg
2 Cups Milk
¼ Cup Olive Oil
¼ Cup Plain Yogurt
1 Ripened Pear (shredded)
1. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour and next 7 ingredients. I like to use a whisk to make sure its sifted together. I had a little help from my 3 foot tall mixer…
2. In a small bowl beat eggs, then add milk, oil and yogurt.
3. Take the shredded pear, add to dry ingredients mix around.
4. Added egg and milk mixture to dry ingredients. Mix around until everything is wet and mixed well.
5. Place a large frying pan on the stove over medium heat. Melt a bit of butter in the pan. Once butter is hot, grab a ¼ measuring cup and pour just one pancake into pan. You know what they say, the first pancake is never the best. So just do one to start to make sure your pan is hot enough. Once it’s very bubbly looking, flip it over. When it’s nice and brown on both sides, place in a covered pan on the counter to keep warm. Repeat until you’re out of batter.
Serve with butter and pure maple syrup. We are a little spoiled, as my husband comes from Quebec we order ours from a farm close to where he grew up… but when we run out of that (we ordered 6 1 litre bottles in March… we are on our last bottle and it’s only July. Not sure what happened… one might have been a gift to friends…)
We love any excuse to pour maple syrup on food… Does maple syrup have sugar in it? (that’s for all you Elf fans… Libby… haha) These pancakes went over great with the kids, only a few bites left on the 3 year olds plate, the one year old devoured his. A slightly healthier option, I’ll be making this again.
Note for leftover lovers: I like to save our pancake leftovers, and they’re so handy for easy breakfasts. Put in an air tight container or Ziploc and refrigerate for up to 3 days. For reheating, I prefer to use a frying pan instead the microwave. Only takes a minute or two, you shouldn’t even need butter or anything, just put the prepared cold pancake in the pan, flip a few times. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Turns out almost as good as freshly made (microwave makes it soggy, no thanks).