Easter is almost here!
Do you celebrate? Are your little ones excited for the Easter Bunny?
I have one child who is pumped! Then I have a 3 year old who is not so much...
His words the other night "Mama.... the Easter Bunny just FREAKS me right out!"
He's had nightmares about the Easter Bunny recently as well. Poor kiddo.
I suspect in his mind he pictures this....
My plan is to rent Hop this week and hopes that he will like it, lose his fear, and be excited for Easter when he goes to bed on Saturday night.
If this keeps up, Saturday night will be a long one... I don't think he will want to go to bed.
Yesterday morning the kids and I had a little fun in the kitchen. I asked Chase (my 3 yr old) What do you think the Easter Bunny would like for breakfast? "Pancakes!!" Then Owen my 5 yr old... the oh so serious boy "No Dingle Head, he eats Carrots!"
I say to the boys "How about Carrot Pancakes?!?!" They looked at me like I had five heads and both exclaimed EWW at the exact same time.
So after some convincing they helped me whip up a quick batch as a sample.
And to their surprised LOVED them. (little do they know they have eaten Carrot Cake like a gazillion times! They just had no idea there were carrots in it!)
Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes w/ Cream Cheese Syrup
Recipe adapted from: Smitten Kitchen originally from: Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 large egg
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
3 tablespoons butter, for fry pan
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.
In a separate bowl whisk together the the egg, sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla.
Mix together wet and dry ingredients.
Fold in shredded carrots.
Heat skillet and melt butter (1 tbs to start) Drop about 1/4 cup or the batter onto a hot skillet you will need to move the batter out a bit as it is thick and won't spread on its own.Then fry until the sides are bubbly and it has browned underneath. Then flip. (about 2 minutes per side)
To make the Cream Cheese "Syrup":
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
4-5 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dash of ground cinnamon
Beat cream cheese and sugar together. Add in your milk 1 tbs at a time until the mixture has thinned enough to pour. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon.
Pour on pancakes, as well as some added maple syrup for a super Easter Bunny worthy breakfast.
To make my super (kinda) cute Bunny Pancake pour batter into the shape of a rabbit. Pipe on some frosting to draw the face. For the eyes and nose I used cinnamon chips and for the whiskers I used some thinly sliced candied ginger.
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