Cooking with the Kids: Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes



As part of our fall bucket list, we plan on cooking together with the apples we got apple picking.  However, we haven’t actually gone apple picking yet!  So, instead we made pancakes.  Thursday evening, while driving home from picking the kids up from the Children’s Center (after school care),  I told the kids that we were going to have pancakes for dinner.  I asked if either of them wanted to help me make them and of course they both answered “yes!”  Our normal after school routine is we get home and I get changed into comfy clothes (a.k.a. my pajamas!) and start getting dinner ready, while the kids either take showers or finish up homework.  While the kids enjoy cooking, there just normally isn’t enough time during the week for them to help.  Pancakes are really easy to put together and I knew they would have fun so we went for it.  Not only is cooking fun for the kids, it also gives them a chance to apply their math and reading skills to “real life.”


“A” was reading the recipe and mixing the wet ingredients, while “C” was in charge of the dry ingredients. They each took turns mashing the banana, stirring, and pouring (and taste testing) the chocolate chips.  Since the kids love pancakes so much I figured we should double the recipe.  This was great practice for 1/2 + 1/2 = 1!!  “A” was really into pouring the batter into the skillet and flipping the pancakes, while “C” was more interested in eating them!   The recipe for these Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes came from the baking blog Crazy for Crust. These pancakes were super easy to make and the bananas and chocolate chips made them extra tasty.  The kids loved these and brought leftovers for lunch on Friday!  Breakfast for dinner is always a hit in our house.  If you haven’t tried cooking with your kids, making pancakes is a great food to start with.  Even toddlers can help pour and stir.


“A” was so proud of her pancakes!


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