This past weekend I had my littlest sister over to spend some time with Hannah. They are the same age, so they are really more like cousins than aunt and niece. We had a fun-filled day on Saturday and they woke up at the ridiculously early hour of 6:15 AM on Sunday. Only thing to do when that happens is to make gluten-free pancakes. Isn’t there a saying that says something like “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”? I got busy in the kitchen with my Gluten-free Bisquick.
Neither Regan or Hannah have to eat gluten-free, but I don’t typically keep “normal” pancake mix or flour in the house, so Gluten-Free Bisquick was the mix of choice. I had just the tool to spice things up, too – a pancake pen!
How can anyone resist pancakes made in fun letters or shapes?
My original plans were to spell out the girls names. That plan was quickly derailed when I made the letters too big and ran out of batter!
To make things even more fun, I set out fun gluten-free toppings such as colored sugar sprinkles & Reese’s Pieces.
The girls spent more time decorating these than they did eating them. I am glad I snapped the pictures when I did, because before I knew it they were gone!
I really wanted to use this as an example on how to help transition picky or newly diagnosed kids into eating gluten-free foods. Don’t make the gluten-free diet seem like a “jail sentence” or put a negative spin on the food. Make fun gluten-free foods. Get the kids involved in meal planning, cooking or decorating. Regan is one of the pickiest kids (and I say that with love) that I know, yet she didn’t notice that these pancakes were any different than any other non-gluten-free pancake she has eaten in the past. She happily decorated & then devoured her festive letter pancakes. There were no complaints from either girl!
I love what General Mills is doing for Celiac & gluten-free awareness. Not only are their products aimed at some of the pickiest consumers – kids – but the commercials are really helping get the word out about gluten-free foods. Regan told me on Saturday that she had seen a commercial for gluten-free Chex cereal just the day before! I had seen it, so I knew what she was talking about, but it was so cool to hear her tell me and be as excited as she was about it.