The weekend lies ahead of us. So plenty of time to take your kids into the kitchen and get busy.
As one of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ambassadors and as a mum of a 4-year old, I am constantly thinking about fun ways to get children enthusiastic about healthy food and cooking. And I think this recipe does the trick!
It is a typical Dutch dish called “poffertjes” and one of my personal childhood favorites. If anyone knows the proper translation for it, I’ll be happy to hear. Until then I’ll just call them baby-pancakes. The original recipe calls for all-purpose flour and says to serve them with butter and sugar, which is of course far from being healthy. But that can be easily changed. Just add fresh pumpkin, use whole wheat instead of all purpose flour, choose honey instead of sugar, add some fresh fruits, and you easily turn this into a wholesome child-pleaser.
By the way, did you know that if you get your kids involved in the kitchen, they will be more willing to taste new things? Make sure to give it a try.
Happy cooking !Print
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 7 mins
- Total Time: 27 minutes
- Yield: 50
- Cuisine: Caribbean
- 500g fresh pumpkin, diced (for 250g pumpkin puree )
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons/45ml honey
- 1/4 cup/60ml of whole milk
- seeds of ½ vanilla pod
- 75g/2/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 45g/4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 75g/1/2 cup raisins
- butter (or coconut oil), for frying
- Icing sugar (or extra honey), to serve
- Bring a small saucepan with water to the boil, add the pumpkin and cook until soft, about 12-15 minutes. Drain and set aside for the steam to evaporate.
- In a bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Put the pumpkin, eggs, honey, milk and vanilla seeds in the bowl of a food processor and process into a smooth paste. Add the mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients, add the raisins and stir to combine.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan, then add heaped tablespoons of batter to the pan. Cook until small air-bubbles appear on top of the baby-pancakes about 3-4 minutes. Turn and cook until nicely browned, another 2-3 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of icing sugar (or honey)
You can easily turn the baby-pancakes midway with a bamboo skewer