As a lot of you may know, Gray has several food allergies so it can be pretty difficult coming up with new foods for him to eat. Breakfast is super challenging because he can’t eat eggs or dairy. A while ago I started making him vegan pancakes, and he became OBSESSED with them. I would make a huge batch for him every Sunday, and he would eat them for breakfast throughout the week. I would experiment with adding things like bananas, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and I would even sprinkle some probiotic powder on them sometimes. One Sunday, I decided to add some pureed spinach to see if he would eat them. At the time, Gray was super into his Hulk action figure and took him EVERYWHERE with him. He would insist that Hulk was “hungry” or “thirsty” too, and would even take naps with him. To make the pancakes sound more exciting I started calling them Hulk pancakes. Well, I guess he’s pretty used to me feeding him green food and he didn’t even bat an eye. He LOVED them, and somehow adding the spinach puree made them even fluffier and more delicious-win win!
Like most foods though, he got tired of pancakes after a while. He moved on to bagels, cereal and even rice cakes with peanut butter, but he stopped asking for pancakes. Recently, Gray had a stomach bug and since then his appetite has been absolutely horrible. He refuses to eat anything he used to love to eat, and pretty much won’t touch any real food. After about a week of this (and a week of way too many hunger induced tantrums), I decided to give the Hulk pancakes a try. I made a huge batch of them, and Gray ate his pancakes AND asked for seconds. VICTORY!!
I was so happy that Gray finally ate something semi-healthy so I thought I should share the recipe with you guys in case you have picky toddlers (or adults) haha. They’re the perfect way to sneak some greens in, and the mix-ins and toppings are basically endless. For Gray’s pancakes I added chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles ( I was obviously trying pretty hard to get him to eat them). I drizzled some honey on them, and he was good to go! I also had a pancake, but I drizzled mine with some peanut butter and honey. I topped it off with bananas, cacao nibs and some hemp seeds for extra protein.
- Do NOT overmix the batter
- Once the batter is ready, let it sit for 10 minutes. (this will make the pancakes more fluffy)
- Make sure your pan or griddle is preheated before making the pancakes
- Flip them over once bubbles start forming
- I have a huge electric griddle , and it makes the who process so much faster
As far as storing the pancakes, it depends on how fast you’ll be able to eat them. I usually put half in a large Tupperware in the fridge (that should last about 5 days), and I’ll put the other half in in freezer bag (those should be good for a few months).
That’s all guys! Now go whip up a batch of these, and then sit back and watch your toddler unknowingly eat pancakes that are filled with spinach! Also, if you’re as extra as I am you can even make some mini pancakes for Hulk himself.
Enjoy and let me know what you guys think!