Thursday, June 23, 2011

Be The Breakfast Hero - GCC Recipe Swap

There was a time in my home where a hot home cooked breakfast was only for special occasions like holidays or weekends. Then we went through a season where I made so many hot breakfasts that they all began to take it for granted. And now, we've found a happy medium.

I make hot breakfasts on special occasions and if you want it any other time, well, here's the ingredients. Have at it!

Now before you think I'm completely heartless, I made it as easy as I possibly can on them. I'm a firm believer in teaching my kids enough to work myself right out of a job so I've shown them how to make their own basic hot breakfast. Yes, even the seven year old can do it. I have a handy container full of homemade pancake mix at the ready for anyone who isn't happy with a piece of fresh fruit or a muffin from the freezer in the morning. On the outside of the container are all the directions they need to make themselves a pancake feast.

And there are multiple benefits to making your own mix and teaching your kids how to use it:

  • You know EXACTLY what's in it. Many convenience mixes have all kinds of preservatives and non-food items in it to keep it on the grocery shelf as long as possible. Yuck.
  • You're teaching your kids independence cuz let's face it, the goal is that they NOT live with you the rest of your life, right? Can I hear an Amen?
  • It's CRAZY cheap compared to the store bought mixes.
  • You are saving yourself from the nasty Mother's day breakfast that consists of a plate full of nameless items that you must choke down with a smile on your face. Now they'll know how to cook something for you that is actually edible.
So here is a recipe that you can make a store for up to 6 months in an air tight container.

Homemade Pancake Mix

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda


In a bowl, combine ingredients. Label and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

To prepare pancakes: (Tape these directions on container) In a bowl, combine 1 egg and 3/4 cup milk. Whisk in 1 cup pancake mix. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes. Cook until second side is golden brown

Stir In Options: chocolate chips, blueberries or other berries, mashed banana, 1/2 teaspoon orange extract or nuts.

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

LOVE homemade pancakes! You're so right, they ARE better!

The Jammie Girl said...

This sounds like a great idea - and I can tell already the add-ins are going to get adventurous around my house, especially mornings I'm already at work!

Johnlyn ~ Frugality and Homemaking said...

Amen to choking down the Mother's Day breakfast!