The Weirdest Pancakes I’ve Ever Made

Joe usually eats whatever we eat.  I might omit some spices and pulse it once or twice with the hand blender, but that’s about it.

There are a few things that I make up especially for him, though, such as homemade snacks.  I like to have food that’s easily portable, doesn’t require utensils, and won’t make a mess.  One food that fits the bill in those regards are pikelets, or silver-dollar pancakes for you non-Kiwi, non-Aussie readers.

They’re incredibly easy to make.  Just a cup of self-raising flour, an egg, and a cup of milk.  Pour onto the griddle, let them cool, and then store in the freezer.

However, there isn’t a whole lot of nutritionally redeeming stuff in them.  I decided to experiment and came up with my own version.  It’s a little… unorthodox.  I switched out 1/2 C of the self-raising flour for wholewheat flour, and instead of milk, I use breast milk.

Yes, you read that last ingredient correctly.  I wasn’t planning to make them that way.  I was mixing up a batch and had just put the egg carton back in the fridge.  I was reaching for the milk when I saw it – the bottle that I’d put in there earlier that morning.  My hand rested on the milk container.  Cold air swirled around me.  I hesitated, then thought, “Eh – why not?” and pulled out the bottle.  Instead of cow’s milk, why not use the stuff that was specifically designed just for Joe?

They smelled normal.  They looked normal.

Joe thought they tasted pretty good!

Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only one.  Chris came home and lifted the cloth off the plate of cooling pikelets.  Before I could stop him, he took a bite.

I gasped, and said, “What are you doing?!”  Chris stopped mid-chew and stared at me.  I burst out laughing and said, “Those are for Joe!”  Chris didn’t understand what the big deal was – he was only planning to eat one, after all.  Once he understood that they’d been made with breast milk, he grimaced and set it back on the plate.  “I thought it tasted a bit funny, but figured it was because of the whole wheat flour.”

Nope.

So, word to the wise – if you’re going to make these, make sure that anyone within eating distance realizes their ingredients!

  • 1/2 C self-raising flour
  • 1/2 C wholewheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C milk {of whatever variety}

Mix the above, then pour by tablespoonfuls onto medium-hot griddle.  Makes about 15 servings.

Notes: Be sure to keep an eye on these, as they cook quickly.  Also, you can sub the wholewheat flour for some other variety of flour, or just use only self-raising flour.  However, you need to be sure that if you sub the self-raising flour, you add some baking powder or these will be as flat as… well… a pancake!  Another thought is to take out a teaspoon of the wholewheat flour and add a teaspoon of spirulina powder for an extra “oomph” of nutritional value 🙂

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4 comments

  1. Laura says:

    Haha! Oh this is too funny girl! I can only imagine the look on his face as he realized he’d just eaten picklets with breast milk! Haha!!

  2. Gwen says:

    Oh my goodness!! Hilarious!!! I bet Chris never picks up food again without asking what’s in it. But way to go on making special foods for Joe. 🙂

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