It's Sunday, and once again "pancake day" in our house! Though, this photo is from several weeks back when I was testing out another newbie - Apple Spice Hemp Pancakes.
I've created both a traditional whole-wheat flour version and also a spelt flour version of this recipe. These pancakes required quite a few trials, because I wasn't content with the texture in the early tests. Probably because there is a hefty measure of hemp seeds added (2/3 cup), and they affect the consistency of the batter. But, after enough tweaking the recipe is complete! And, they are tasty, and light and fluffy... but, the true taste testers are... the kidlets!
With that dose of hemp seeds you wonder... will the kids notice them, and more importantly, will they eat the pancakes? Maybe it's the diced apple that distracts them - or maybe the combination of sweet spices does the trick - 'cause our girls gobble these pancakes up in a flash! At one point I asked our older daughter what she thought was in the pancake (we sometimes do this with recipes, she likes to try and guess the ingredients). She questioned the small greenish flecks in the pancakes after investigating them a little more closely. "Ahhh", I said, "that's your mommy getting sneaky and adding some hemp seeds to your pancakes". Didn't seem to phase her much - unlike when I revealed that the Vegveeta Dip had a smidgen of mustard in the recipe... "ewwwww, mustard?!!", she exclaimed, with a gag! Hah, well I'm glad that wasn't the reaction with the hemp seeds. Really, both girls didn't seem to care much as they drizzled on the maple syrup and chowed down....
(Yeah, maybe the maple syrup deserves all the credit for disguising the hemp seeds. Credit well deserved, in my opinion!)