I’m kind of obsessed with making pancakes for other people.
I’m pretty sure that nothing says “I love you” like a steaming plate of pancakes with butter and syrup.
Pancakes give me such fond memories of when I was growing up. Over the weekends, I would always wake up to the smell of mom cooking breakfast. Sometimes it was chorizo, beans, tortillas and eggs, other times, oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon rolls, omelets and fruit, or my personal favorite: banana pancakes. Kyle and I would have contests as to who could eat the most and we’d switch up our consumption methods: covered in syrup, plain, or topped with jelly and rolled into a taco. Eventually I got brave enough to start making pancakes for the family, and since then, I’ve always enjoyed making them for others.
The Pilot and I almost always dine together Sunday mornings, since it’s the one day a week we both don’t work and are able to spend a slow morning together. Sometimes we’ll enjoy it on the patio, other times we meet up with the family at Eclectic or another breakfast spot, but now, we also get to enjoy it with our littlest breakfast buddy.
And, for the first time ever, I got to make her some pancakes. She enjoyed them just as much as any breakfast- for now, she’s an adventurous little eater, for which I”m very thankful- but I don’t think she knew how much I loved making them for her.
Liv’s Zucchini-Banana Pancakes
-1 egg yolk
-Steamed zucchini (1 large, peeled and chopped)
-3/4 C oats
-1/2 C water
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.
2. Cook on medium heat, for 2-3 minutes per side in your favorite healthy oil. I use coconut oil on the pan and wipe off the excess with a paper towel.
I’ll usually just keep an eye on the pancakes and when bubbles start to appear, it’s time to flip:
3. Let cool completely and store in the freezer until you want to reheat for a quick breakfast component. I put some parchment paper in between each pancake so they don’t get stuck together:
4. Serve to your baby and watch the cute little smiles If it’s anything like our house, you’ll have to do 2-3 pieces at a time because one swift grab and they’ll all be going in. For Liv’s breakfast, I topped the pancake with fruit puree and cut it into small pieces for her to pinch up, and she also had scrambled egg yolk, soft apple and puffs.
-Check with your doc before introducing any new foods to your baby
-Liv is a few days shy of 10 months old and has been feeding herself and enjoying firmer solid foods for a couple of months. She has 4 teeth and is pretty great at mashing things. Even so, I gave her very small pieces and topped with a little fruit puree to soften. Use your best judgment <3
-If you’re sans kiddos, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make these for yourself. I ate one during the cooking process plain and it was pretty delicious- I would especially love them with almond butter and syrup. Bonus: sneaking veggies into breakfast!
Hope you and your family enjoy.