Weekday mornings in our house are always a bit of a rush — packing lunches, getting wriggling kids into school uniforms, and searching for the inevitable lost library books! So, when it comes to the weekend and we have more time, it’s nice to do something special for breakfasts.
For a lovely, tasty breakfast for kids, these easy pancakes are one of our go-to recipes. They take a basic ‘one, one, one’ batter recipe, add a few extra touches, and create super cute pancake bears that no one can resist! Each time we do these, it leaves the kids saying, ‘Thanks for the best breakfast ever, Mum!’
This recipe makes about six to seven pancakes. It is based on thick, American-style pancakes, rather than thin crepes. This is because the batter tends to be thicker and hold its shape better when poured.
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 free range egg
- 1 tbsp sugar (we use raw sugar)
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp oil (we use melted coconut oil)
- 1 banana
- Raisins (about 12–14)
- Chocolate icing pen
1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk all of the main ingredients together till the batter is smooth. Then pour the batter into a large jug and leave it to rest.
2. Meanwhile, cut the banana into slices. Decorate each banana slice with chocolate icing to create cute bear noses with smiley mouths. Then select some pairs of raisins for the eyes.
3. Brush some oil into a frying pan and heat over medium heat. Pour some of the batter from the jug into the pan. Pour enough to form a large circle first. Then pour two smaller blobs at the top to form the ears.
4. Cook for a couple of minutes. When you see bubbles coming through the pancake batter, flip the pancake over.
5. When the pancake is cooked on the other side, tip it out of the pan, onto a plate. If you want to serve all of the pancakes together, simply keep them warm in a very low oven as you make more.
6. Then decorate each of your pancakes with the prepared bananas and raisins. Then serve.
These pancakes are great simply on their own. Or you can serve them with wedges of lemon, a little maple syrup for drizzling over, or a dollop of whipped cream.
You could even make mini versions of these pancakes to go in lunchboxes! Just push the fruit firmly into the pancake to help it stay in place.
We hope these pancakes are a hit in your house like they are in ours!