Cooking with Jack – Banana Oat Pancakes

We had a LOT of time together this past week due to the 3 days of NO SCHOOL! Therefore we had time to cook together. This was the special breakfast that Jack requested on one of those days. He also requested that I let him do everything. Every little step. All by himself. I said yes, except for the griddle. He would be the kid that would lean on it for balance and singe his hand print off. So no, he wasn’t able to do that part. But he did all the rest! Recipe to follow…and they’re healthy!

We started by mixing all of the dry ingredients.

Jack: I know how to level off the scoops Mom, watch. (he masterfully measured out each ingredient and plopped them in the bowl)

me: Are you sure I don’t have to do a thing?

Jack: I’m sure. They’ll probably taste better because I’m making them, right Mom?

me: Hmmmm.

Then we mixed, or should I say “added” the wet ingredients, because we never did remember to stir the dry ingredients first. I can then truthfully say that you can dump all ingredients in the bowl at once and mix freely! The pancakes will still turn out the same.

I then doled out the batter onto the griddle, ungreased, and let them get nice and browned. I added a dollop of light Olivio on the top of each and it added a yummy buttery flavor.

And, as any good Mom knows, you must always always let the little drips collect on the griddle so there can be “mini” pancakes for your little guy. Jack got 3! He could hardly wait to eat them. He prefers to dunk them in applesauce. He does not like maple syrup unless it’s the fake HFC kind. And I prefer to smear mine with peanut butter. Oh yeah. Awesomenesssssss.

Now, as I am not, and will never claim or try to be a food blogger, you’ll have to figure out how to print the recipe all nice by your own self. Good luck. And, may I mention again that these are HEALTHY! I hope you like them!



1 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup wheat germ

1/3 cup quick-cook oats (we love McCann’s Irish…)

1 TBS baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1 ripe banana, mashed

3 tsp maple syrup (recipe says 3 TBS)

1 tsp canola oil (recipe says 1 TBS)

1 tsp vanilla

Directions: Mix all together. If you want to be proper and mix the dry ingredients first, well then have at it. Made no difference in my world. I didn’t even grease the griddle. Use about 1/8 or 1/4 cup of batter per pancake and cook as you normally would. Enjoy!

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