Are you looking for a fun, festive Halloween meal idea? One that screams Halloween………..but doesn’t require spooky ingredients……..and is something that your kids will actually eat?
Enter in: Whole Wheat Halloween-shaped pancakes.
I’ve been making these since my kids were babies..........and now they make them for me!
Tricks to Making These Treats
The trick to making these pancakes work is to use a "thin" pancake recipe like my simple pancakes. This recipe uses whole wheat flour to add fiber to your child's diet. Fiber will help keep them full and is important for gut health. If you don't want to make the simple recipe, here are some other ideas:
Make it easier: use a pancake mix, add more milk/oil to make the batter easy to pour
Add more protein: try this cottage cheese pancake recipe, you must use a blender to make this work. Cottage cheese pancakes make an easy pre-trick-or-treating dinner idea.
Add veggies: I often add 1/2 cup of pumpkin to make orange pancakes. I've also added a cup of spinach to make green Frankenstein faces. Both work well but alter the taste and texture.
Instructions with Pictures
1. Make your favorite pancake recipe in a blender. My go-to pancake recipe works well for this and adds fiber to your child's diet. (use a blender so there are no “chunks” of flour: if you don’t have a blender, just mix the batter really well)
2. Pour the batter into an old ketchup container. I bought this mustard container at the dollar store about 10 years ago and have been using it for pancakes ever since.
3. Heat your griddle and draw an outline with your pancake batter.
4. Let the outline cook for about 3 minutes. You want it to get really dark.
5. Fill in the middle with more batter
6. Let the pancake cook until bubbles appear on the filling and the pancake looks set.
7. Flip the pancake and cook until set, 1-2 minutes. Do you see how the outline is darker than the rest of the pancake? It's not a different batter, it's just cooked longer.
8. Serve up your Halloween fun and repeat! Older kids have a blast making their own Halloween-shaped pancakes.
Extend the Fun: More Halloween-Inspired Recipes
Looking for a spooky side dish? Try this green smoothie recipe for a drink that is sure to fill your kids' bellies!
Here's some more fun Halloween-inspired recipes I'll be making for snack time today. The pumpkin muffins are a good healthy substitute for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
Let me know if you try these! I'd love to see any photos you take: nicolebuhlerRD@gmail.com
Here's my menu from last week for those that are interested:
Dietitian's Menu Oct 23-29
Sunday: beef and bean enchiladas (made an extra pan for later in the week) + apples
Monday: leftover greek meatballs and rice from Saturday + canned pineapple
Tuesday: pesto noodles + apples
Wednesday: leftover beef and bean enchiladas + canned corn + frozen mangoes
Thursday: tortellini and zucchini soup + apples
Friday: out to eat Italian for a family member's birthday
Saturday: tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and grapes