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Healthier Pancake Ideas for Kids

Pancake day is often a much-loved day for kids and adults alike, a time where everyone can indulge in tasty treats for breakfast or dinner. If you’re wanting your kids to eat a little bit healthier this Shrove Tuesday, we’ve got a few ideas that will get your little ones excited. If you want to know how to make pancakes from scratch, check out our How to Make Perfect Pancakes article.


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Whether you’re making your own pancakes or have store-bought ones, you can cut them into a variety of shapes to make the base of your cute animals. To do this you can either use cookie cutters or a knife, just make sure an adult does this part. Once you’ve got the pancake shapes you can cut the fruit up to make the animals faces. Here are a few quick step by step guides for different animals.

Lion: to make a lion you need one large circle and one smaller circle piece of pancake, some sliced strawberries, two blueberries, and raisins. Start by putting the smaller circle on top of the larger one toward the bottom, then add strawberries around the outside to look like the mane, the two blueberries for the eyes, a small piece of strawberry for the nose and use the raisins to make the smiling mouth.
Bear: for this you’ll need two tiny pieces of pancake for the ears, one large circle for the face, a piece of banana, raisins and two blueberries. Simply place the two small pieces of pancake above the large piece, place the banana in the centre and use the raisins to make a detailed nose and then use the blueberries as eyes.
Butterfly: for the butterfly, you just use the fruit to create adorable designs. You can use blueberries to make the body, then either banana or strawberry slices to make the wings and place the raisins at the top to make the antennas. To make them stand out even more, why not use both strawberries and bananas to make the wings!

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Other Shapes

There’s a variety of other fun shapes you can make to get your kids excited about fruits, you can get cookie cutters in flamingo, pineapple, star and heart shapes to make this task easier. Here’s a few ideas:

Hearts: you can use a cookie cutter to make your pancakes into cute heart shapes, or cut them out yourself with a knife, and then surround them with a strawberries, blueberries and bananas. To make them even more special , you can cut the strawberries into hearts by carving out the stem and then cutting a small ‘V’ the top.

Smiley Faces: These are the easiest to make and are therefore ideal for younger children. You can use whatever fruits you like to make an array of cute faces. We recommend using blueberries or strawberries for eyes, raisons for a mouth and you can use a small piece of strawberry if your youngsters want to make a cheeky stuck-out tongue smiley.

Get your kids involved: once you’ve safely cut up the fruits and pancake shapes, allow your kids to have a go at making these fun designs themselves to get them involved in the preparation and encourage them to eat all the tasty fruits.

We hope you and your whole family love making these exciting snacks this Pancake Day. If you need to stock up on kitchen essentials beforehand, have a browse of our extensive Baking collection.

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