Molly is such a great little sister. She adores her big brother, she wants to do everything JT does and be with him all the time. She misses him like crazy while he is at school. At 3 years old, Molly doesn’t fully understand JT’s allergies, but she knows on some level that certain foods will make him sick and she is very careful about it. She knows that she has to be thoroughly cleaned up after meals and that it’s not OK to share food with JT. What I don’t think she realizes is how much she is missing out on because of JT’s allergies, although I’m sure that won’t last forever. We all have to make some sacrifices to keep JT safe. I realized recently that Molly has never been out for breakfast. With JT’s egg allergy being his most severe, we don’t go to any restaurants that serve breakfast, even for lunch. So after JT went off to school today my Mom and I took Molly out for her first restaurant breakfast and she loved it. She got pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse with whipped cream and syrup and chocolate milk. I also order her a scrambled egg with hopes that she would give it a try (our house is egg free) but she wasn’t interested, and since today was about doing something special for a special little girl that was just fine with me.
I love making breakfast with the kids on weekend mornings. Our breakfasts unfortunately don’t include egg (oh how I miss eggs). So usually it’s pancakes, bacon and fruit. I’ve mentioned previously how much I love Bob’s Red Mill pancake mix but sometimes I like to make our pancakes from scratch and they tend to be a little fluffier than the mixed variety. This recipe can be made as is or you could substitute cows milk back in for the rice milk or eggs back in for the banana. You could also try it with a wheat free flour blend for a wheat allergy but since I’ve never tried that I can’t speak to how fluffy they will be.
1 Cup flour
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Cup rice milk
1 jar baby food bananas (stage 2) OR 1 mashed up banana
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (use whatever oil works best for you)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine dry ingredients and mix. In separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients together. Add wet mixture into dry and mix just until smooth. Heat an oiled frying pan over medium heat, pour about 1/4 C for each pancake onto pan. Once you see bubbles and the edges start to brown flip and cook other side.