Gluten-free Pancake Fun–Play with Food - Celiac Disease
Feb 8 2011

Gluten-free Pancake Fun–Play with Food

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. 

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  1. Stephanie says:

    You didn’t say where you got the pen? That is really cute!

  2. Ian says:

    What a brilliant idea (the pancake pen is as well – not seen that before) – think I need to go and see if I can get hold of some Bisquick over here, my kids would love it!

  3. Angie Halten says:

    What a great idea to use a bottle to pour the batter. I usually would use a bowl but your idea works way better. I think I will just a water bottle with a similar spout. Thanks!



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