Pancake week – fun shapes
Firstly, disclaimer: this should really be crepe week* (recipe at the bottom) as these are technically not pancakes. Pancakes are thicker, doughier and tend to require more toppings. I’ve always preferred crepes for that reason. You can pretty much eat them as is, or with minimal toppings.
I love crepes as a food option as they are a good protein boost, are versatile and can be sweet or savoury. For most selective eaters they are also often a food that isn’t too much of a stretch, even if they are not one of the accepted foods at the moment.
These designs, although simple require a bit of fiddle and finesse. But, this concept is what I would suggest if you have a child that doesn’t eat pancakes. NO, NOT making these! Read on:
– If you do have child not eating crepes yet, a great way to build interest (this is not about the eating to start, this is about creating interest and interaction) is by making a few crepes and letting a child create food art or pictures. You can use cookie cutters and raisins, yoghurt, choc chips, peanut butter etc.
– It works best if they have company. Caregivers or friends participating as well is perfect.
– If your child happily eats crepes/pancakes then this could be a good way to extend the menu slightly. Do the food art but provide some ingredients (possibly some ‘must haves’ like dried mango cut into diamonds) that our child is not yet eating.
*This is to make a small batch for experimenting.
½ cup flour (I use wholemeal for additional nutrients)
¼ cup milk
¼ cup water (I use all milk but traditionally, it’s water)
1 tbs of melted butter
I use a whisk and combine the liquid and egg, then gradually add the flour.
Grease a frying pan and cook on medium heat until browning and then flip.
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.