Food for Thought
By Simran Kular
Oh to find healthy meals that everyone in the family will eat. Isn’t that every parent’s dream? One thing I have realized as the parent who does most of the day to day cooking is that I tend to get stuck (bored) making the same things time and time again for my family. Sound familiar? I find meals that our kids will eat and on the rotation they go. My favourite way to get new ideas is through friends and family. I don’t always have the time and energy to test new recipes so when someone I trust recommends something, I am definitely more likely to give it a go.
In an effort to do this, check out my family’s favourite pancake recipe below. Don’t be fooled by all the healthy ingredients, these are delicious pancakes that are very easy to make. In fact so easy, that the kids should help or maybe even make them on their own (maybe not the cooking part). My kids love these on a weekend morning and then love the leftovers for their school lunches on Monday. Give these a try…you won’t regret it.
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
1 ½ cups quick cooking oats
2 cups milk
1 cup whole wheat baking flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
2 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds (optional)
¼ cup canola oil
Mix oats & milk together & let stand for 10 minutes. Mix dry ingredients together. Mix oil & eggs into oats, then add to dry ingredients. If adding fruit, mix just prior to cooking.
Health and cooking tips:
- Add frozen berries or mashed bananas for added flavour and nutrients.
- Replace the canola oil with coconut oil for additional health benefits and a mild coconut flavour.
- Make the batter the night before for a quicker start to your day.
- These pancakes freeze well, so make extra for a quick weekday breakfast that the kids will love.
- Adding Chia seeds is an easy way to amp up the fibre, calcium, Omega 3s, protein, antioxidants, and minerals. iron in these pancakes (easy to find at your local Bulk Barn).