It’s that time of the year: back-to-school preparations are in order! You’ll see moms and dads at the malls, arguing with their kids while they the power struggle over their kids’ back-to-school wardrobe teeters back and forth. You’ll see kids throwing tantrums at Target or Wal-Mart down the school supply aisle: “No! I want THAT backpack!” I know, been there, done that! My kids wanted new backpacks and new lunch boxes, but I reminded all three that their old ones were in great shape and would last them a whole other year. A part of me is ready for them to return to school, while the other part will miss our lazy summer days, late breakfasts and equally late nights! But one thing I know I’m ready for, is the back-to-school rush for breakfast!
All summer my kids and I have been baking and sampling different recipes for muffins, scones and other breakfast goodies. I’ve been modifying most to make them as healthy as possible. This includes adding oats, wheat bran and seasonal fruits. I love to disguise healthy snacks by using less sugar, adding a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips and finding sweeteners that are a bit more healthy.
A great pancake recipe that I came up with is this Banana-Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Pancakes. They contain equal parts of all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, wheat bran and almond meal. I use mashed over-ripe bananas (that I store in the freezer) and agave nectar to sweeten them. And the kids only notice the chocolate chips. Mine are now accustomed to bittersweet or dark chocolate chips, which are less in sugar. You could easily substitute the chocolate chips with blueberries.
And the pancakes taste great without the maple syrup, too. My kids aren’t into the sensational sticky stuff and prefer to shake a little powdered sugar on their pancakes. Or top the pancakes with fresh berries or other seasonal fruits. The whole wheat action in these pancakes provide the fiber their bodies need and are very filling. The addition of the almond meal adds extra protein-power for their muscles and their growing brains.
Make them ahead, wrap them in plastic wrap and stick them in the freezer. They are easy to reheat in the microwave, toaster or toaster oven on those busy school mornings.
Also try my recipe for Whole-Wheat Chocolate-Chip Waffles, another favorite of my kiddos.
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