Toddler Meal: Happy Face Baked Pancakes

It may be too late in the day to try this recipe -- or maybe not! If you're like me, you serve breakfast for dinner all the time.

And what toddler wouldn't gobble up something with a smiley face on it any time of day? Today, CinnamonScallop tells us how to make Happy Face Baked Pancakes. As you can see at right, her 22 month old son, Logan, loves to help her make it and eat it -- and, really, how could he not?

His daddy is executive chef at his own restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas. His mom, CinnamonScallop, a member of The Chef's Wife group, inherited the cooking gene as well.


"I grew up in a cooking household, so much so that my mom got sick of me being underfoot in the kitchen as a kid," CinnamonScallop says. "She stuck a mixing spoon in my hand and I have been hooked ever since."

Her favorite cooking is Italian, because it's her heritage and she loves the flavors, and the family's comfort food is Osso Bucco (please adopt me!). She and her family are also involved in the slow food movement -- it's a great way to connect people to those that produce their food.

Happy Face Baked Pancakes

Prep time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 15 mins.

You'll need:

1 cup pancake mix of your choice (I like to use the "heart smart" type)

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

1 tbsp. butter (I like either Brommel and Brown yogurt butter)

Assorted fruit: banana, grapes, blueberries -- you could even do a "cheesey sausage version"

Make it:

1. Set oven at 425. Place butter in a pie plate, and then set it in the oven briefly to melt. Remove the pan and swirl around so butter coats the bottom of the pan.

2. Whisk together pancake mix, milk, and egg. The mixture will be a little lumpy.

3. Pour the batter into the pie plate, and make a happy face with the fruit (the grapes tend to sink, so double 'em up!)

4. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown on top. The pancake will be light and fluffy, not oily. Serve with syrup or more berries and whipped cream.

Check back next Thursday for another great recipe. Got a favorite toddler friendly meal or snack of your own to share with other idea-strapped mamas? Let me know about it and I may feature it here.

Past Toddler Meals:

Yogurt Fruit Salad

Vegetarian Chili

Fruit Salsa With Cinnamon Crisps

Taco Cups

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

Italian Goulash

Parmesan Risotto

Chicken Sausages

Easy Quesadillas

Barbecue Cups

Healthy Ketchup

Cinnamon Raisin Roll-Ups

Hot Dogs with Mashed Potatoes

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