It’s hard to believe it’s been nine weeks since Lauren and I launched this One New Food campaign, and we’ve both seen some amazing results! Our kids are now asking for foods they would never even try in the past, and they are willingly trying them. (Not gagging and tantruming!)
In our home, we have decided to make some dietary changes. In the coming weeks, I will be doing a paleo diet, which means no wheat, sugar, and dairy. And our kids will be going gluten-free. The first step this week was to slowly add whole grains to foods we normally eat, and cut gluten in places no one would even notice. Enter whole wheat pancakes with flax seed! This is my favorite buttermilk pancake recipe from Cooking Light that I’ve adapted over the years.
I wanted to make it fun since they would likely notice a denser pancake and browner color…so enter the fall leaves.
The temps were a bit cooler on this particular morning, so I broke out some leaves we collected on a trip to get us in the festive autumn spirit. And of course, I put a few sprinkles in some of the pancakes! Fall leaf themed of course…
What toddler wouldn’t love this plate? And honestly, they didn’t taste that much different. Even my husband devoured them…and our pickiest eater had five. Yes five!
The lessons we’ve learned during this One New Food journey have been plentiful. We are eating healthier, making meal times more enjoyable, spending more time learning about and preparing foods together…all while empowering our kids to make better choices. I make these pancakes on the weekends, and freeze individual portions for school days.
Hope you enjoy this whole wheat pancake recipe with flax seed as much as we do! And I’ve added dietary substitutions in case you have allergies like we do!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 TBSP sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP ground flax seed
- 1 egg
- 1 TBSP melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
- *sprinkles optional!
- Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the wet. Whisk in the buttermilk last and add more to get your desired consistency.
- Cook over medium heat.
- You can sub gluten free flour if necessary, or even almond flour or coconut flour.
- If dairy allergies are present, sub unsweetened almond or rice milk.
- Add the sprinkles after pancakes are on griddle!
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These look really good, and I love the fall sprinkles!!
Those look yummy!! My kids love pancakes. I usually put chocolate chips in theirs, but I bet they’d love the season-specific sprinkles!
Chocolate chips are a great idea!
I think my kids would devour these. This is great, just pinned and I am going to make these!
Yay! Hope you like them, thanks for pinning!
Beautiful pictures! What a great idea to make food healthy and fun!
These look and sound fantastic!
PINNING! I love me some whole-wheat anything, to be honest. I can’t even really eat “regular” noodles anymore without thinking they’re too mushy and flavorless! HA! Just goes to show you, trying new foods sometimes leads to a lifestyle change you can’t ever come back from … in a good way!
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
Now those are fun looking pancakes!
Interesting you mention you’re trying paleo. A couple weeks ago I started reading about the Whole30 and started as much as I can of the challenge. No added sugars and sweeteners, no dairy, no wheat. However, I realize I can go full blown Whole30 because I love my wine too much… and I need the occasional slice of cheese.
Thanks for sharing your journey with us.
Really nice photography here too!
I would totally love to have breakfast at your house. I’m not much of a sweet breakfast person, unless it’s paired with protein, and bacon counts nicely for that!
Love your use of sprinkles very much.
Aww thanks Tamara, that means a lot coming from you! I’m working on the photos, and you are welcome anytime for breakfast! Come on down when it gets too cold!
Tricia the Good Mama says
I just love these. They are so much fun for Fall. I’m pinning!
love simple ideas like that!
Crystal Renaud says
I love this sprinkle idea 🙂 I am going to try this recipe soon! We like to do breakfast for dinner occasionally. This would be a great one!