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Warning: I plan on memorializing some recipes on this blog. Not that I’m any chef, mind you, but in my early years of parenting, I did obsess over healthy food a bit. Boo gets Sunshine’s dregs, and Baby is in for frozen foods all the way, I’m certain. At least one child got it good.

But really, some of the recipes are so good (and, yes, healthy) that you may even want to test them out on your little ones. So, since both my memory and curiosity about spending time in the kitchen is waning, I need to get these down now.. in case Baby inspires me to bust out the nuts and seeds down the road.

The thing about pancakes is this: you can do whatever you want to them and your children will eat them as long they are round, not a funny color (don’t try adding kale, no matter how tempting), and are served with plenty of maple syrup (do splurge on the real stuff, it’s just as sweet and actually has some good nutrients in it.) Here is one of my pancake recipes. Don’t laugh (or gag), my kids gobble them up.

3/4 C. Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 C. Garbanzo Bean Flour
1/4 C. Unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 C. Cream of Wheat
1/4 C. Finely ground walnuts (the champion of nuts. Sometimes I use ground pumpkin seeds instead)
1/4 C Sugar (I don’t belong to the sugar is bad for you camp- as long as it isn’t too much. I’m more interested in the nutrients)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder (aluminum-free)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 & 1/2 C. Milk
1/4 C. Molasses (black strap has the most nutrients, including plenty of iron)
1 egg
1/4 C. applesauce (natural, unsweetened)
(optional) Fold blueberries or any other fruit your kiddies like into batter, or serve on top.

(You could make your own fancy berry, pineapple, or pumpkin syrup, but you will have to find that recipe somewhere else.)

Mix together all the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix together all the wet ingredients in another. Add the wet to the dry. The mix should be slightly runny; if it’s not, add a little more milk. And fry ’em up just like grandma used to. Let me know if you and your kiddies try them, and what ya’ll think. Don’t forget the syrup!

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