MamaBlogger365 – Gravity Bread’s Becca presents Banana Flaxseed Pancakes

Today’s guest post is shared by Becca from Gravity Bread, where she blogs about love, food, family and ways to encourage language through mealtime:

When the weather gets cold outside, I love making pancakes on weekend mornings. I recently made my homemade applesauce and wanted to use it in these pancakes without adding any butter or oil. I decided to add toasted wheat germ and oats to kick up the fiber and make them extra healthy. They came out super delicious, sweet and moist. There was enough left over that I ate them the next morning with some fig jam on top.

Kid Friendly Tip: Have your child mash the banana in a bowl with a fork. You can also have your child measure and help mix everything together. When adding the spices, ask your child to close their eyes and smell the spices. See if they can guess what the spice is! Your child can also pick the topping for the pancakes (jam, syrup, apple butter).

Language Concepts: When making this recipe, discuss what ingredients make these pancakes healthy. Your child can smell the flaxseed, spices and wheat germ. Ask them what they smell like and have them describe it to you. You can focus on sequencing (e.g., focus on steps of making the pancakes), problem solving (discuss what might happen if you were missing an ingredient), expanding vocabulary and answering “wh” questions. Have your child recall information by asking them to tell you how you made the pancakes when you are all finished.

Follow up Activity: Read “Pancakes for Breakfast” by Tomie DePaola.

Ingredients

1 cup of whole wheat flour

1/3 cup of quick cooking oats

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed

1 tablespoon of honey toasted wheat germ

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of light brown sugar

1 mashed banana

1 cup of milk

1 cup of homemade cinnamon applesauce or store-bought applesauce

1 egg

1 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon of maple extract

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of ground spice

dash of nutmeg

 

Preparation

1. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk (flour through sugar).

4. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl (banana through ground all spice).

5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.

6. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto a non-stick pan on medium heat (for each pancake). Cook, turning once until golden brown on both sides. Makes about 6 pancakes.

About Becca and Gravity Bread:

Having my own personal struggles during mealtime with my two young children, I decided to venture on a new project to help my children and myself make mealtime more fun and educational. As a speech language pathologist, I felt the need to help other parents struggling with the same issues. As a working mom, I found it very challenging to cook, watch my children, keep them focused on their food and have a relaxing meal. Growing up, I had dinner every night with my family. Today’s busy families don’t often eat together. The inherent design of Gravitybread helps create more valuable mealtimes for families. Research indicates that children who eat together with their families perform better in school, tend to be thinner, are healthier and have better communication skills. It gives families the opportunities to talk and have longer conversations. It also gives the opportunity to explore new foods and model appropriate behaviors, such as how to eat specific foods and how to sit during mealtime.

I found that cooking and learning about food can be such a useful, functional and language-enhancing experience. Being a “foodie” myself, I wanted to pass on this knowledge to my children so that they can enjoy, respect and love food the way that I do.

This piece originally appeared on GravityBread.com; reprinted with Becca’s kind permission.

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