A Pancake by Any Other Name

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons. 

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons. 

One of my favorite ways to get kids to love their meals is to trick them into thinking their foods are exclusive by giving ordinary dishes a fun name. We all love feeling special. I learned the hard way that kids tend to dislike foods that are healthy or ordinary. And so I present to you this incredibly healthy breakfast recipe that is so delicious it will leave your charges requesting it daily.

If pancakes seem boring, change the name. Call them “mancakes” or “lady cakes” instead to jazz it up (I came up with the name when my super picky little ones would not give regular old pancakes a try. I told them I wasn't even allowed to eat them because they're so special. Not pancakes... mancakes (or lady cakes).


  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2 cup blueberries


How To Do It

1. Sift the baking powder, ground flaxseed, and flour together and set aside for now. Beat the egg, salt, milk, and sweetener in a bowl. Stir in the flour until moist, then add the blueberries and stir well.

2. Preheat a skillet on medium heat, and spray with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of your batter into the pan for each pancake... oops... I mean mancake or lady cake.

3. Cook until just bubbly, turn and allow the other side to cook until golden brown and lightly crisped.

Make this delicious recipe to give your kids' day the start it deserves! The children I nanny sometimes even request this recipe for dinner now!

Cook. Laugh. Love. Learn. Eat. Enjoy.