Unicorn Pancakes

I have one kid who will eat anything and another who won’t. What’s a mom to do but find a way to secretly sneak healthy food into something they both love; pancakes. It’s pink, it’s sweet, it’s got a great ratio of carbs, protein, and fiber. Am I also right when I say that kids will eat anything if you call it a unicorn?

Fresh from the griddle, my boys just grab and go. They jam them down without any butter or syrup!

So many of my friends have asked for this tasty stealthy recipe. Technically it’s a two-for-one post here because I will give you “Mama’s Pancake Mix,” which I always keep on hand. I’ll give you the recipe for making a classic buttermilk pancake with the mix. Then I will give you the alteration make it a UNICORN!

Side note, I use organic ingredients because I am paranoid about pesticides and wheat. Can I just say, if you make this mix the organic way,  the 5lb bag of organic flour will cost you as much as one of the organic mixes in the store. If you make the mix, you save so much casholla. Don’t feel any mom-guilt either way!

MAMA’s PANCAKE (dry) MIX (give credit where it’s due, Alton Brown, we love you)

  • 6 cups all-purpose organic flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (check expiration date first)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar

The wet ingredients for when you are ready to make a Buttermilk Pancake

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter at room temperature

The wet ingredients for when you are ready to make a Unicorn Pancake instead!

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup full-fat original Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter at room temperature
  • 1 4oz  beet/mix baby food
  • 1-2 tsp chia seeds (or ground flax if you want)

UNICORNS! UNICORNS! UNICORNS! (chanting)

Directions (makes 20 pancakes)

Grab three bowls; two large mixing bowls and one smaller one. Also grab a whisk.

In the small bowl, melt the butter and set aside for a quick minute. TIP: I use a silicone bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups Mama’s Pancake Mix. Set aside.

In the other large mixing bowl, add the milk, yogurt and baby food. Mix well. Add egg whites and mix well. Add chia seeds and mix well. Set aside.

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To the bowl of butter, add your egg yolks and mix well. Add them to the large wet ingredient bowl and mix.

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Mix yokes with the melted butter

Add the wet to the dry and mix together until combined. It can be a little lumpy. If you feel like it’s too thick, add one tbsp of milk at a time.

Kid anticipation

Child anticipating pink unicorn pancakes

Set it aside for another quick minute.

 

Heat up your skillet. I like using the electric version and set it for 325 degrees.

Once it’s reached temp, you will see that your pancake mix is much more fluffy! Use a ice cream scooper to dollop onto the skillet. Cook like a traditional pancake; about 2 minutes each side.

TIP:  Freeze what’s left after the savages have eaten their share. Unicorns for days, literally.

 

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