Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blueberry Milk

We finally were able to switch the kids from soy milk to regular milk (they never used to be able to drink regular). Anyway, of course they liked the vanilla soy, and don't like plain old milk. So, in an effort to get them to drink their milk, I tried this...and it was a big hit!

Blueberry Milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup water
4-5 teaspoons sugar

1. In saucepan, bring all 3 ingredients to a boil for about 5 minutes to fully soften blueberries.
2. Pour mixture through a sieve into a storage container, smashing blueberries to push out as much flavor (and vitamins!) as possible.
3. Cool in the refrigerator before serving.

To serve, pour a glass of milk and add desired amount of blueberry syrup!

Cake Batter Pancakes

I found this recipe here...and they were SO good!

I didn't have yellow cake mix (which I think would be delightful!), so today I used a Duncan Hines chocolate fudge cake mix. All 3 of my kids ate 3 pancakes and wanted more! :)
I topped with a touch of butter and a little sprinkle of powdered sugar.

And, since mine were chocolatey brown, I didn't bother adding sprinkles, but will try that next time with the yellow cake mix. These were such a big hit!

Cake Batter Pancakes
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup yellow cake mix
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar (I omitted this!)
pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 - 2 cups milk
assorted sprinkles (optional)


1. Combine flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix. Add 1 cup of milk, egg and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. You want the batter to look like regular pancake batter; not too thin, not too thick. This will vary greatly on the brand of cake mix you use. Start with 1 cup of milk and add more if needed. I suggest a small taste test as well to see if the pancakes are flavored enough.

2. Preheat a skillet on medium heat (I use an electric grilled and turn it to 250 degrees). Fold desired amount of sprinkles into batter. Pour batter in 1/4 cup measurements onto skillet and let cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with vanilla glaze.


1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Tbsp milk
assorted sprinkles

1. Mix milk, extract and powdered sugar until glaze forms. You may need to add a little more sugar or water/milk to reach desired consistency. Mix into glaze and drizzle on pancakes.