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I’m always looking for delicious & easy breakfast ideas to help combat my 20+ years of not eating breakfast. It’s been a weirdly difficult habit to break, but it’s important to me to sit down as a family for breakfast and give my daughter that good foundation.
Pancakes are one of my daughter’s favourite breakfast options, so I thought making some cute Neapolitan Pancakes would be a fun way to start our day!
Pancakes to me are typically a “treat” for breakfast, especially if you’re going to serve them with jam or maple syrup. I wanted to increase the nutritional content of our breakfast pancakes, while still keeping everything fun and delicious.
We’ve tried “protein pancakes” before (made of oats, cottage cheese, and eggs), which I don’t mind but the kids have started to protest that they are too egg-y. So, rather than attempt to re-invent the wheel, I thought maybe I should try to add some additional nutrition to a traditional pancake recipe – and it worked!
These Neapolitan Pancakes use Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder Drink Mix to give them those delicious Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla flavours while also adding some essential nutrients to our pancakes, such as Calcium, Vitamins A and C, Iron, etc. The packets also added 7g of protein to each batch of pancakes.
I’d previously only ever thought of Carnation Breakfast Essentials as a drink powder to be used with milk, but after this successful experiment I’m going to experiment with adding it to smoothies, smoothie bowls, and some of our baked snacks.
How to Make Flavored Pancakes
- 1 packet Carnation Essentials Powder Drink Mix
Stir all of the dry ingredients together – including the Carnation Essentials Powder Drink Mix.
Add in the milk, egg, and melted butter.
Whisk the ingredients together well – small lumps in the batter will cook out, so just worry about breaking up bigger clumps of dry ingredients.
Place a frying pan or skillet over medium heat and spritz with oil or add a teaspoon of butter.
Add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of the pancake batter to the pan and heat until the top of the pancake becomes covered in air pocket bubbles, about 1 minute. Flip the pancake and cook through on the other side.
Serve the pancakes as they are made, or keep them warm in a preheated 200F oven until ready to serve. (You can even just preheat the oven and then turn it off so it doesn’t get too hot.)
Get your free printable for our Neapolitan Pancakes recipe here:
Carnation Breakfast Essentials were a fun addition to our pancake recipe, but they also make a great breakfast simply stirred into a glass of milk. Carnation Breakfast Essentials also offers a Ready-to-Drink bottle that we enjoy cold from the fridge, and if you’re watching your calorie intake, there is the new Carnation Breakfast Essentials Light Start with less sugar and calories – grab your $3 coupon for any two Carnation Essentials powdered drink products here.
Do you have any pancake lovers in your house?