Pancakes are the perfect breakfast for fall mornings! They’re also ideal for creating a cute, memorable plate for your kids. The circle just begs to be decorated into funny faces or animals, and the addition of fruits and nuts can make for a healthy and tasty breakfast.
We typically serve ours with a side of Greek yogurt and honey or with pure Canadian maple syrup to dip the cut pancakes in.
This owl pancake is a favorite of my daughter’s, as she just loves anything owl themed. He’s easy to make, with lots of potential fruit options for decorations, and he is gluten-free! By using Van’s Gluten-Free Pancakes, whole fruits and sliced almonds, this yummy breakfast is safe for gluten-free kids too. Just be sure to check the almond packaging for a “Gluten Free” label.
2 Van’s Gluten-Free Pancakes
Assorted other fruits, choose your favorites:
- Cook the gluten-free pancakes (or gluten-free waffles if you prefer) per the package directions.
- At the top of each pancake, make two small diagonal cuts towards the center and join them with an arc to make the ears and top of the head. (That’s a snack for mom!)
- Using sliced almonds, layer them in a half-moon shaped area at the bottom of each pancake, to look like the chest feathers on an owl. You can use nut butter, jam or honey to hold them in place; I just chose to layer them for easy slicing and eating.
- Cut two slices of banana (round) for the eyes and slice a blueberry in half for the pupils. Center the eyes near the top of the head, between the ears.
- Cut a triangle from a piece of peach or cantaloupe, center right below the eyes for the beak.
- For wings, use sliced apples, orange pieces or cut pieces of honeydew or cantaloupe and place on either side of the body.
- Serve and enjoy the smiles.
Shannon Carino is the author of BentoLunch.net, a five year and counting blog, featuring the adventures of feeding her children. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two kids, now ages 10 and 7.