There is a natural dilemma that many of us face...how to give your kids pancakes without all that extra sugar from syrup. Okay, most people probably don't face this issue, but neither do we (and not because we don't eat pancakes, because we do)!
I was making pancakes many months ago and the kids were eagerly awaiting their treasured breakfast. Their Mommy was not thrilled about this particular meal because syrup is sticky and leads to messes. I was using a small skillet and trying not to burn them so I set the pancakes on a their plates and went back to the stove.
Well, take two hungry toddlers, a couple of plates of fresh food and a lack of supervision and you get A MESS! Just kidding. What happened was they ate them without syrup and then asked for more. I obliged of course, marveling at the miracle I just saw.
Best thing was, I forgot the oil and the sugar when making the batter. The oil was a mistake that shouldn't be repeated. The sugar was one of those moments of accidental genius. See, we use whole wheat flour in our pancakes due to my high metabolism (you just cannot get a sufficient amount of energy from white flour) and that was what I used in the pancakes that day. I tried one to test it out and sure enough, they had flavor to them and it was good!
The children were happy for a while to eat the pancakes in the buff, but Mommy and Daddy were slackers and didn't stop their own sugar rushes. Eventually, they caught on and asked for it too. So each time I made them I could only slip one or two in without syrup before they started asking.
That was fine and dandy until we threw out the sugar last Monday. See, syrup doesn't sit well with a person if they are giving up refined sugars and pure dessert type foods (I haven't had sugar, minus in actual food, for over four days now). But what would the kids reaction be? They protested a little (maybe 30 seconds) and then ate their pancakes anyway.
But a couple days later was even better though because I nearly accomplished an all organic/natural pancake. I used Raw Milk (not pasteurized or homogenized). Our oldest calls the Raw Milk "Special Cow Milk." Our elder daughter calls it "Cow Milk." I also put in aluminum free baking power and soda. The salt was all natural sea salt and the eggs were from cage free, vegetarian feed chickens. Plus the floor was 100% organic and whole wheat. Only things that slipped by were the lemon juice to make the milk sour milk and the Canola Oil (yeah, I know we need to change that one).
Well, they liked them. They ate them and the understood when I said the syrup was all gone because it made us feel yucky. It was fantastic. The boy even ate 1 1/2 scrambled eggs with his 3-4 pancakes. Even the baby took some nibbles.
Here's the recipe I used (its a double batch):
2 cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
2 tbsp Lemon juice - (should be organic or fresh squeezed)
2 cups Raw Milk
1/2 tsp Natural Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Natural Baking Soda (aluminum free)
4 tsp Natural Baking Powder (aluminum free)
2 eggs from cage free, vegetarian fed hens
4 tbsp Canola Oil (you should use a healthy one like coconut)
Dump the flour in a bowl. Put the Lemon Juice in a two cup measuring cup and pour in milk until it is a little past the two cup line. Let it sit will you mix the other dry ingredients into the batter. After at least five minutes have past, put the milk into the batter and blend the eggs and oil in the measuring cup until well mixed. Add the egg mix to the rest and stir until smooth (very few batter lumps, if any, remain). Cook on a 350 degree skillet.
My kids love pancakes and are willing to eat these ones plain anytime. We gave them cage-free scrambled eggs and raw milk with this meal (see pictures below). I try eating them plain with a breakfast meat and eggs or sometimes I dump some blueberries or strawberries on them. Natural fruit sugar is way better than refined sugars any day. We'll follow up with a better recipe once we find a good way to soak the batter overnight. Soaked grains are so much better for you. I just like the fact that my kids are eating syrup free and loving it so I had to post this one.