The Morning (Rushed) Routine feat. Fluffy Pancakes
Mornings are tough for any Mum.
Before having children I thought, "Surely it can't be that hard? I mean, it's not like you have anything else to do?!"
Yeah, right! Someone should have slapped me.
With little babies it's not uncommon for Mums to struggle to shower and get out of pyjamas and into adult clothes before 9am. It also isn't uncommon to not leave your house... all day.
The morning struggle begins when the eldest child starts kindy. Combine baby siblings with getting a 4-year-old ready for a day at school, and already you're set up for failure (or just an epic juggling act). They eldest will probably still need a bit of help getting dressed, putting on shoes, brushing teeth, combing hair, and everything else that makes us appear appropriate enough to leave the house. Don't forget that as well as looking after your offspring, you also need to look after yourself. There have been times I've gone to school and back with toothpaste speared on my face and a few or buttons unmatched.
After a few years it becomes easier (or maybe you just become conditioned to the morning rush). This means that morning routines change ever so slightly and little time savers become your most prized trait. This is about the time when my three boys started falling in love with pancakes.
The trick is to make them all the night before and swap in more healthy ingredients into the batter. I like to add chia seeds, psyllium husks, fruit, oats, wholewheat flour, ricotta, and whatever else I can squeeze in.
The next morning just re-heat in the oven or microwave and you're ready to strut around with your 'Mum of the Year' badge.
Hopefully this makes your morning routine a little less rushed!
1 cup quick oats
1 cup milk
2 mashed bananas
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup flour
Combine oats and milk in a medium sized bowl and leave for an hour. Once the oats have softened add remaining ingredients. You can add in extra milk or flour to change consistency if required.
Use a non-stick crepe pan and dollop spoonfuls onto it, but allow room for spreading. When bubbles appear on the surface, flip over.
When the pancakes spring back in the middle and are lightly brown on both sides, they're done!
Top with maple syrup, berries, coconut flakes, chia seeds and anything else to add in as many extra nutrients as you can.
Wanna mix things up (so to speak)?
Combine ¼ cup psyllium husks and 2 tablespoons chia seeds with the flour, add in an extra ½ cup liquid (water or milk)
Swap out plain flour for wholewheat, buckwheat or spelt flour.
Add in 1 apple, chopped finely and the zest of 1 orange for different flavours (and fibre!)
Swap out ½ cup milk for ½ cup good quality ricotta.