5 Minute Butternut Squash Pancakes Easy: Sneak in a little “healthy,” for kids all while adding a delicious rich flavor to plain pancakes!
Every Saturday morning, my husband takes our 3 year old out for pancakes with him, and then they “go to work,” for a few hours. (Mainly what that consists of, is driving around looking at all of the job sites that our land development firm is currently working on. But let me tell you… the little guy thinks he is really doing something. This also gives mommy some free time to catch up on housework, and give our one year old little guy, some special attention too.)
However, this Saturday there was a kink in the plans. My husband had a meeting set for Saturday morning, that couldn’t be moved. So instead of heading out for breakfast, they changed the plan to head out later. With a little disappointment in our toddlers eyes, he looked up at me and said, “But Mom… I wheely wanted pancakes.” (Insert heart breaking.)
Without hesitation, I hopped off the couch and told him that we could solve that, and pancakes would be served. Lucky for me… I had all of the ingredients, and even a little extra ingredient that made me do a little happy dance.
Butternut Squash Pancakes
Healthy Pancakes for Kids
The flu bug had been floating around our house for the previous couple of weeks, and I was determined to try and make the pancakes have at least a smidgen of “healthiness,” to it, so I could feel a little better about feeding him just plain sugar and white starches. Anything to encourage that little immune system to improve.
I thought to myself, “What can I add to the pancake mix, to make the pancakes just a little bit healthier?” Continuing to talk to myself like some crazy person, I said, “Hey… people put fruit in pancakes all of the time… why couldn’t I sneak in a little something healthy to these?”
I had been staring at a can of butternut squash in my pantry for months. Don’t ask me why I bought this, but now I’m glad I did. 🙂
Butternut Squash Pancakes “Recipe”
I mixed the pancakes up using my favorite pancake mix (Krusteaz is my all time favorite because it only requires water and makes the FLUFFIEST pancakes), making the recommended measurements on the box for 4-6 pancakes. Then I added just a large spoonful (a little over a Tablespoon) of canned butternut squash to the batter. I then mixed it up, and poured out little pancakes on my griddle like nothing ever happened.
The pancakes were done in 5 minutes. I kid you not. (I also saved the remaining butternut squash for a future recipe, or for more butternut squash pancakes the next morning.)
The True Test:
I put the pancakes in front of my two little guys, and they scarfed them down like normal, and my three year old even exclaimed, “Mommy, deez pancakes are dewicious.” SUCCESS.
Honestly… I sat down with them and had a taste of the Butternut Squash Pancakes too, and I must say… they WERE delicious. I even happened to get a bite where I didn’t mix it up too well, and got a taste of the butternut squash puree… and it had a VERY nice flavor to it.
Totally recommend it you guys.
Butternut Squash Pancakes will forever be on my quick go-to breakfast list. Since this little experiment in the kitchen, I’ve also tried Sweet Potato Pancakes, using canned sweet potatoes too!
If you have more time, and energy in the kitchen, feel free to ditch the canned veggies. Bake your butternut squash/sweet potatoes the night before or in the morning to add to the pancake batter. I’ve yet to do this, but that would require a little more planning ahead, and well… I’m not that good yet. 😉