Pancakes are one of those things that most of us make on the weekend, either for breakfast or brunch. However, with school closures and kids studying at home, pancakes could be a daily meal regimen. Teaching kids to make good pancakes is a great idea, in fact it could be part of a math lesson. Let kids measure out the ingredients and discuss the different utensils used to measure in cooking. I think it could be quite fun, especially if you let them get creative with adding pantry items to the pancakes like; dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, or oats.
Oatmeal is one of those gluten-free grains that most people enjoy. I add oats to all kinds of things including; in meatballs as a binder, to cookie dough for great texture, and in pancakes for amazing flavor. Oats have a gentle nuttiness that doesn’t overtake the entire recipe, and with pancakes, you want them to remain light and fluffy, traditional is taste.
Buttermilk is another nice addition to any batter, it lends a tartness that keeps pancakes soft and light. If you don’t have buttermilk, just add a splash of white vinegar to a cup of milk, now you have buttermilk. This pancake recipe is hand-stirred, a great activity for kids to do, and let the older kids assist with flipping, who knows, you could have a future chef in the family.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled or quick-cooking steel cut oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted butter + more for skillet and topping
(Makes about 10 Pancakes)
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and add egg, vanilla, 1/4 cup water and buttermilk, whisk until almost smooth. Add butter and whisk again, set aside for 10 minutes.
- In a large skillet, add 1/2 teaspoon butter and place over medium heat. After butter is melted, rub down pan with a paper towel to coat pan evenly with butter.
- Spoon batter into pan in batches, cooking each pancakes until golden brown on both sides. Reserve pancakes in an oven heated at 200 degrees.
- Serve pancakes topped with butter and maple syrup. Enjoy!