We are getting into the holiday spirit with decorating our house, listening to Christmas music and looking for holiday inspired recipes. The boys are dying to make our Santa cookies! Recently we were at a restaurant for brunch and one of the specials were stuffed gingerbread pancakes. They sounded amazing but but a bit too rich for me. I been thinking of them ever since so I wanted to try out a healthier version of the recipe that I’d feel good about giving my boys on a school morning.
We love making “Breakfast for Dinner” so I thought the gingerbread pancakes would be a good choice served with bacon and fresh fruit. One reason I love pancakes so much is because you can freeze the extras for those busy mornings when you don’t have time to make anything. All you need to do is throw them in the oven to re-heat and they taste like you just made them.
The boys loved using the Mortar and Pestle to grind the cloves and nutmeg.
It’s so important to show children the real form of foods so they get an idea of where the food comes from. If we only cook with foods that come from cans and or boxes then kids will never associate food in it’s real state. This is why I love cooking with kids so they can appreciate the process of which foods are made. I don’t want my kids to associate pancakes coming from a box.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cloves - freshly ground
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg - freshly ground
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup cold coffee
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon and mix well
- In a smaller bowl combing eggs, milk, coffee and melted coconut oil and mix well
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients
- Using a ice cream scoop put to scoop fulls onto a hot griddle and cook through until you are able to flip
- Continue this process until the pancake mixture is all cooked
- Serve with powdered sugar and pure maple syrup.
What are some of your fun breakfast options for the holidays?