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Gluten Free Pancake Poppers {Kids In The Kitchen}

August 25, 2014
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Good afternoon!!

I mentioned last week that I was participating in this ‘Kids In The Kitchen’ series for a variety of reasons.  One of which is that I want and NEED my boys to be able to make healthy food choices when they get a bit older.  I want them to be able to feed themselves when they leave for college (something other than McDonald’s and Ramen Noodles).  College for them is a million years away in my mind, but developing healthy eating habits can (and should) start now.  So, challenge accepted, and here is our first project … Breakfast!

Yesterday, as an entire family, we made Gluten-Free Pancake Poppers!

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Owen and Charlie start Preschool in three weeks.  They will be going three days a week for three hours each day (9am – noon).  I’m not gonna lie … I’m kinda secretly excited for ‘school’ to start, but that does mean our mornings are going to get quite a bit more hectic on those days.  With two ‘spirited’ and energetic boys running around the minute they wake up AND a newborn, I struggle to get anywhere before 10am.  School starts at 9 (which means we leave the house at 8:45), and therefore I need some quick ideas for healthy breakfasts!!!  Also breakfasts that they will eat without a fight!

At our Wednesday link party, Cook It! Craft It! Share It!, last week Canary Street Crafts linked up a great idea for quick breakfasts … Cinnamon Applesauce Pancake Poppers, and they had my mind spinning.  While those pancake poppers sounded (and looked) absolutely amazing, I wanted to figure out a gluten free alternative.

We don’t have MAJOR gluten issues in our family (think Celiac’s Disease or similar), but we’re just not huge fans of a lot of gluten in general.  My system doesn’t handle gluten that well these days, and Ben seems to prefer a gluten free diet (though I can’t pinpoint his issues exactly).

My plan?  Make two dozen of these.  Eat a couple for Sunday morning breakfast and freeze the rest for the remainder of the week.

What actually happened?  We ate them all yesterday morning. Not. One. Popper. Left.  They boys (all of them … Matt included) LOVED these!  They were gone before I finished nursing Ben yesterday morning!  Jeez!  Next time, I’ll double the recipe!!

Here’s how it all went down yesterday …

First … assemble your ingredients (and smile at your happy 3 month old chillin’ on the counter … you know in those seats that say all over them DO NOT SET ON AN ELEVATED SURFACE.  Yep … We don’t abide by that, so don’t follow my example):

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Happy Baby Chillin’ on the Counter … & Pancake Popper Ingredients!

You’ll need …

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Cup Almond Flour
  2. 1 tsp Baking Soda
  3. 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 4 Tbsp Coconut Milk
  6. 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  7. 1 Tbsp Honey
  8. 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  9. 2-3 Bananas (the riper the better)
  10. 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (optional … and we didn’t have these)

Steps to Make:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt together
  3. In another bowl, mix eggs, milk, oil (melted), honey, syrup, and chocolate chips.
  4. Add bananas to bowl above and use potato masher to mash and combine bananas.
  5. Combine all ingredients.
  6. Grease muffin tins (we used small muffin tins)
  7. Fill muffin cups (we used a Ziploc bag to help with this part)
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. ENJOY!!!

And here’s how it all went down yesterday (the picture version):

Add your dry ingredients together.  Again … boy sitting on counter is probably not the best idea, but they love it.  So … again, don’t follow my lead.

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Add dry ingredients to a bowl and mix!

Mix ’em up.  They both really wanted to help, so I gave them each a whisk.

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Two whisks, two boys … terrible idea!

and moments later:

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Batch one down!

 

So, we got out the vacuum and we started again.  Mashing Bananas:

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Mash up those Banana with the wet ingredients!

 

Greasing the muffin tins:

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Greasing the muffin pan!

 

Looking for an easy way for kids to help fill the muffin tins WITHOUT the mess?  Pour the batter into a Ziploc bag, cut a tiny slit in one corner, and let them squeeze it into the cups!

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For easy dispensing (especially for kiddos), pour batter into a Ziploc bag, slit corner, and squeeze to fill muffin cups evenly and cleanly!

 

Filling the muffin cups:

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And 12-15 minutes later:

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Bake and … perfect ‘pancake’ poppers!

 

Ben was a good ‘helper’ for breakfast, too.  He just watched all the chaos fun and gave us some cute smiles!

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Just observing and taking it all it … and planning my future Kitchen dominance!!

 

Our breakfast ‘pancake poppers’ were a success (even though I didn’t make enough to freeze for school morning breakfasts).  A good ending to a beginning that started by Owen asking why we’re not adding those ‘green bananas’:

Owen thinks these are 'green bananas'.  Aye.

Owen thinks these are ‘green bananas’. Aye.

 

Sounds like getting him more involved in the kitchen is probably a good thing!  Ha!

UP NEXT

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the ‘Kids In The Kitchen’ series:

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8/25: What’s for breakfast?

9/1: Let’s do Lunch!

9/8: Dinnertime!

9/15: Delicious Desserts.

9/22: Snack Attack!

9/29: Kid Creations…(Let your kids come up with a recipe! Fail or Success, it will be fun!)

CHECK OUT MORE BREAKFAST IDEAS WITH KIDS:

Be sure to check out what these other lovely ladies made for breakfast with the kiddos:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy

JOIN IN THE FUN:

Now it’s your turn!  Do you have any good ideas for kids’ breakfasts?  Tips for getting your little ones involved in the kitchen?  Thoughts on quick and healthy before-school breakfasts?  If so, link ’em up here!  We’d love to see what ideas are out there!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts August 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks so much for the shout out, you’re too sweet! I love your spin on the pancake poppers. I’ll definitely try your recipe and can’t wait to see what the other girls came up with for breakfast!
    P.S. Your kitchen helpers are super cute!!
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  • Reply Echo August 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    What an awesome recipe! I love the pictures too! Sometimes, the mistakes/messes are all part of the fun!
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  • Reply Amber August 25, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Haha :) We had the exact same oops moment with the bowl of dry ingredients but unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of it. Your boys look like they had a blast though and those pancake poppers look delicious!
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  • Reply becka August 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Those do look good. I have had to separate into two bowls and give each child their own bowl to stir for years or this would happen ALOT at my house due to fighting over control of the bowl lol. Love the pjs those are so cute! :) Ben is growing, he is adorable! :)
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  • Reply Julia August 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Pancake poppers looks so fun! My kids would enjoy making them too! Great ideas!
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