Pancake Fun with @GingerheadDad

988. That's the number of weekends in the last 19 years. Most of those weekends have included pancakes.

How can I be so certain it's been 19 years? Simple. The weekend ritual of making pancakes began with a fairly big event: finding out I was going to be a father. Over the years, making pancakes on the weekend became the family commitment, that didn't change.

In the fall of 1993 a baby was on the way and I was thinking about whole grains. Any new parent will recognize the need to get healthy and think a little bit beyond the next weekend going out clubbing. The Sunday morning routine became testing out pancake recipes for a while. I finally settled on a recipe that included all-purpose flour, cornmeal, whole wheat flour and oats.

When that relationship ended, making pancakes became the one routine that didn't change.

The recipe did, though. We dropped cornmeal and added bananas. The really big change, though, was still a bit in the future. Everything changed with chocolate chips and Nutella.

I can't recall when the chocolate chips were suggested, but I was resistant at first. I realized that every routine needs to be re-visited immediately after tasting the first batch with chocolate.

This is where the whole process got really complicated because there were now two batches of pancake batter, one with chocolate chips and one without to accommodate the different family tastes. The next big shift occurred when my twins let it be known that they had different tastes. There were now three different batters because my autistic son had a different preference. Many people diagnosed with autism have very particular needs around food connected to the sensory inputs received from eating. My son has some tastes and textures that he cannot abide and we continue to work to introduce new foods.

My time-saving technique evolved into making the recipe without banana for a couple of pancakes, then adding bananas for a few more. Finally, the chocolate chips would go in.

That worked just fine until the introduction of waffles. Having no waffle iron and buying frozen waffles for a boy who can eat eight to twelve a day is one way to rival the amount of the federal deficit. When I found an inexpensive brand name waffle iron, a new set of recipes were tested. My waffle experiments wavered from disappointing to disastrous until one of my tweeps, @MultiTestingMom, shared a neighbour's recipe.

Now the routine is one weekend morning is for waffles and one for pancakes. Both recipes are easy to freeze, so if we need to keep some for the next morning we are ready.

I almost forgot about the latest change to the routine: teddy bears.
Years ago my sister bought a mould for making teddy bear shapes that has proved to be a hit with both my daughters. It is kind of odd to see a Nutella covered teddy bear with sprinkles at the breakfast table. Wait...did I forget to mention when sprinkles entered the routine?

Here's the latest version of our pancake recipe. I cannot recall where the original recipe came from and I am a little sloppy with the amount of risers I put in.

GingerheadDad's Pancake Recipe

  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3 Tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Oil

Step 1:
Add lemon juice to milk and let sit about 10 minutes
Step 2:
Mix dry ingredients together.
Step 3:
Add eggs to milk mixture and stir until the mix is yellow.
Step 4:
Add oil to milk mixture.
Step 5:
Pour wet mixture into dry and stir until all the dry mix is combined.
Step 6:
I use a soup ladle to pour into a pre-heated frying pan. On my stove I pre-heat on 3 out of 10. One soup ladle full can make 2 small pancakes or larger one. Flip when you see a bubble on the wet side. Pour, flip, repeat and eat.

Guest Post Author Bio:
@Gingerheaddad is the father of three, a singleton teenger and young twins. Two of his kids are on the autism spectrum. The reference to "ginger" is his way on denying that grey is taking over his red hair. Jim, as his kids too frequently call him, has been a fundraiser for 15 years and before that he owned a couple of businesses, worked in government and ran in an election. His solid fourth place finish still makes him chuckle. He fondly remembers his father, a long haul trucker, being home on weekends and making waffles.


  1. This makes me a lot hungry but I'm not a cook. Were I to get adventurous and try this recipe, I'd most likely walk away and burn them or I could stand right there and burn them just as easily. Anyway, there is an adorable young lady in the photo who looks quite happy about that enormous bag of chocolate chips (as she should). I must say that I do now wish to go to the local IHOP. ;) (Thanks for sharing!)

  2. I love pancakes!!! Thanks so much for this recipe. My son will LOVE it!

  3. Sounds like a great pancake recipe. Love making pancakes in shapes!

  4. Those are cute! Thanks for the new pancake recipe.


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