April 24, 2013

Berry Good


It is no secret that I love pancakes.  I don’t know where my love for flapjacks has come from in my adult years because my mom didn’t fix them that much when I was growing up that I can remember; besides the obligatory Mickey Mouse,snake and turtle pancakes when I was younger.

I think I have such a respect for pancakes now because:

1.  They are super easy – especially if you have a griddle on which to cook.

2.  They are so versatile!  You can add anything to them and they usually taste delicious!

I have loved experimenting with these “flat breads”, essentially, and have made all sorts of combinations from regular pancake mix as well as actual cake mix.  Some combinations such as:

    • Pumpkin
    • Gingerbread
    • Cinnamon and Apples
    • Blueberry Walnut
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter
    • Banana Bread
    • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
    • Dark Chocolate Raspberry

but never strawberry.  Don’t ask me why – I love strawberries and know that fruit obviously works well in pancakes, but the thought of strawberry pancakes never dawned on me until a couple of weekends ago.  The result?  So good… so good… so good! (think Sweet Caroline song in your head).




And what’s even better is that I used frozen strawberries since I didn’t have any fresh on hand and they were delicious!





I started by mixing 2 C pancake complete pancake mix with 1 1/2 C water (yields 12-16 pancakes).  Then I added roughly 1 C (give or take) chopped frozen strawberries.  You could use fresh here.  I also added a tablespoon of brown sugar for added sweetness (I use Splenda brown sugar which tastes just like BS – ha! – but with fewer calories).

Then, as I was mixing this concoction up, I noticed I had a few ripe bananas laying around and decided to throw those in to my leftover batter, since I had already cooked my first batch, to make Strawberry Banana Pancakes.  Another great and easy addition to add yet another layer of flavor.




Even sans syrup these look delicious.




These were perfect for our weekend breakfasts and freeze beautifully. Don’t be afraid to make a huge batch and eat on them all week!



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