pancake party

If you hadn't noticed, it's cold. So cold, that Elia's school is closed for the third time this month. In fact, my office is also closed for the third time this month, something I never guessed I'd see happen. So, what to do with another unexpected snow day? Pancake party, of course!

"Whoa," says Elia.

For some reason last night, I got it in my head that E must try pancakes as soon as possible. Maybe it was that new tooth peeking through. Maybe it was the fact that she is nine-going-on-ten months old and I'm bored with all of the sensible veggies and fruits she's been eating so, assume she must be too. Whatever the reason, as soon as I found out that I too had a snow day, the pancake party was on.

"You say this is a what?  A pancake?  If you say so, Mom."

"Hmm.  This is pretty good."

"Smells good, too."

"I think I like these."

As you can see, the pancakes were a hit, as much for the mess that they created as the flavor, I'm sure.

To make the pancakes, I simply used a box mix that we had. It's a snow day after all, you've got to work with what's on hand. As a special treat, and for some bonus nutrition, I added some banana to Elia's pancakes.

Wild Blueberry and Banana Multigrain Pancakes

1 cup Archer Farms Wild Blueberries & Multigrain Pancake and Waffle Mix
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons applesauce
1 egg
1 banana thinly sliced

Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Spray lightly with cooking spray.

Combine pancake mix, milk, applesauce, and egg in a bowl.  Stir until slightly lumpy, batter will be thick.

Using a tablespoon, scoop approximately one tablespoon of batter on hot skillet.  Place one slice of banana in the center and top with an additional tablespoon of batter.

Flip pancakes when edges around banana begin to cook and bubble, about two minutes.  Because of the banana in the center, don't be afraid to let the pancakes cook longer than normal to ensure batter cooks through.  Pancakes are done when they are a nice, golden brown.

Let cool, then start the pancake party!

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