My boys spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen with me. I think it is important for kids to learn to cook, use utensils and equipment, try new flavors and foods and develop their own culinary skills. This being said, most recipes they work on, on their own are very simple, like these pancake poppers. We make these as a quick breakfast on busy mornings when there isn’t time to make anything. They are also made with whole wheat, very little sugar and oil, so I feel good about this convenient breakfast.
For this particular recipe, I had one boy work on the dry ingredient bowl and 1 work on the wet ingredient bowl.
Their hands are so cute when they are working.
Plus, I love the level of concentration.
My older son, of course, is much more skilled than the younger. He is actually pretty quick in putting recipes together.
Morton’s kosher salt is my go to and has been forever. Not an ad.
Cinnamon isn’t a must, but we love it!
There is always loud and obnoxious music going in the house, the boys say they need it to work. I guess I can understand that.. Cooking should be fun, right?
Add wet to dry.
Mix carefully…or as carefully as kids can. Cringe.
Scoop into mini muffin pans.
I gave them both pans to work on.
I prefer portion scoops, it keep things consistent for baking.
Into the oven.
I like both boys to learn to use the cooktop and oven. They probably started about 5-6 eyars old.
Here they are done and baked.
Remove from pan. My oldest was in charge of this taking them out. Remember, you don’t want them to sit in the pan for very long, they start to sweat on the bottom.
We make a little dipping sauce for the poppers. It a mix of peanut butter, butter and maple syrup.
I prefer real maple syrup if you possible.
Heat in the microwave until butter is slightly melted.
Mix it all together.
Then, dip and enjoy. You deserve it!
Pancake Popper- kid friendly
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- So we doubled out batch, we have a busy week coming up and needed quick breakfast. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Prepare baking pans. We used mini muffin, they are poppers after all. You can either line them with cupcake liners, spray them or even butter them.Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. In another, larger bowl add in milk, melted butter, egg, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix well.Blend the wet and dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix. Scoop into muffin tins. Bake until just slightly underdone. You don't want to over bake with the whole wheat flour, they will be dry and yucky! A toothpick inserted should come out ALMOST completely clean. My poppers took a little under 10 minutes. We made a little dip for ours, you could also just dip in syrup. That's easy as well. Our dip was 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 tablespoon melted butter, 2 tablespoons real maple syrup. Heat in the microwave until butter is almost melted. Mix well. This was enough for about 15 poppersNow, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!!