valentine's day pancakes

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

A special Valentine’s Day breakfast is a great way to set the tone for a special holiday with the kids.

I love Valentine’s Day and I especially love making it fun for my kids. This year, I figured out how to create heart-shaped pancakes. It’s actually easy if you have pancake mix in your pantry and heart-shaped cookie cutters in your kitchen! Here’s what I did to make these raspberry Valentine’s Day Pancakes.

Grab your favourite pancake mix and follow the instructions on the box to make the batter. (I personally like the President’s Choice Blue Label mix.) I broke up fresh raspberries and added it to the mix, as well as 1 tsp of vanilla, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 Tbsp of ground flax. I sprayed the inside of the cookie cutters with coconut oil spray, though any spray, like Pam, will do the trick. Using a pan large enough to accommodate several pancakes at once, turn the stove to medium heat and add enough coconut oil (or butter) to coat the bottom of the pan as it melts. Lay the cookie cutters in the pan and pour some of the batter into the mold, making sure to fill the entire heart with a thin layer. When bubbles start to form, flip the entire pancake with the cutter over. Use a knife to gently trace along the inside of the cutter until the pancake falls down to touch the pan. Continue cooking until done. Make sure you coat the pan with more coconut oil each time you start a new batch and continue filling the molds, flipping them, and cooking the pancake in the mold.

Tip: In the past I’d tried to make heart-shaped pancakes several times with no success—the trick, as mentioned above, is to really coat the inside of the cutter with spray and flip the entire pancake over with the cutter. If you remove the cutter after cooking only one side of the pancake, the batter will splatter when you flip.

Variations: If your kids love blueberries, bananas or chocolate chips, throw these into batter. I just happened to have fresh raspberries on hand. And they happened to be pink!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Erin Silver

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Erin Silver is a mom and freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Today's Parent and Clean Eating among others. She is currently writing a book and pursuing her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction. Visit her at erinsilver.ca.


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