Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Easy Summer Breakfast that's high in protein and kids love!

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Right now I am trying to shift from store bought easy breakfasts like cereals for my family to more healthy home made ones.  Not only are store bought expensive, but they are highly processed with doubtful ingredients, preservatives, and GMO's!  It has been a challenge because I am NOT a morning person.  It takes me a good hour plus coffee to get up to par. Our mornings start horrifically early as our children are extreamly early risers.  Fortunately I wake up at 5 am every morning without fail or alarm clock.  Years of breastfeeding babies has trained my internal clock to wake up like that so I usually have an hour to get primed for the morning rush.  My children do not like things that would go into a crockpot like oatmeal or cornmeal mush.  But I think I have finally found a winning recipe that not only is easy, but healthy, delicious, and filling.

The recipe of course is German Pancakes, also called Dutch Babies.  Could we love it because I am part Dutch :) ?  This is simply a puffed oven pancake that serves a family of 6 easily.  I like it because while my coffee is brewing I simply throw the four ingredients into my mixer, melt the butter in my cast iron skillet and preheat the oven.  Then throw it in and 1/2 hour to 45 min later I have a hot filling breakfast for my children.  I love it topped with powdered sugar and berries.  It can also be topped with maple syrup, honey, molasses, stewed fruits, or plain powdered sugar.  Because it has 6 eggs in it the protein helps my family feel full longer and helps with energy in the morning.  If I were to make just eggs and toast for breakfast we would need about 18 to feed our family.  The other reason this is a time saver for me is because while it is baking I can get on with other morning chores such as making lunches, starting laundry, and assisting the kids get ready for school.

I found the recipe on all recipes, but also have found another recipe that calls for less eggs if you need to stretch them and has a much more detailed instruction.  Eggs are not an expense for us because we have chickens that lay 7 a day.

My children absolutely LOVE these and literally have pleaded with me to make them.  Talk about a hit!  So if your looking for a easy and healthy recipe for your family breakfasts try the one I posted below. Click HERE to go to the allrecipes post.  Or go HERE to see the alternative recipe for less eggs at a great sight called Recipes From a German Grandma.  Love the name :)

As you really MUST have a cast iron pan for this consider investing if you don't already have one. The higher the sides the puffier the pancake so a dutch oven would be perfect! Click on the picks for buying options. Scroll down for the recipe!

German Pancakes/Dutch Babies/Oven Pancakes


Original recipe makes 6 servings        
1/4 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt butter in a medium baking dish (best if you use cast iron).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, milk, eggs and salt. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake on center rack in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve while still warm.

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