I’ve decided to share another Easy Peasy Child Friendly recipe today seeing as we are still in the thick of school holidays and we have a bit more time in the mornings to enjoy our breakfasts.
However, this recipe is so quick and easy, and uses everyday pantry ingredients, that I have been known to whip these up on a school morning in no time, or even as an afternoon snack to cheer up my Little Buttercup after a hard day at playschool.(Confession time: I’ve even devoured these for supper one night on a slightly hormonal evening not too long ago - husband traveling, kids driving me mad, you understand, right?).
And yet I feel rather virtuous when I serve these (yes even for supper) because they really are healthy - no jokes! It’s all fibre and hardly any sugar at all, in fact you can omit the sugar altogether, if you are so inclined.
And, (now we are really on a roll) you could even add some protein by topping with a sprinkle of flaked almonds, or even spreading with your favourite nut butter (num num), which equals a balanced meal. Perfection…
- I’ve added freshly ground flax seeds, to sneak in more essential fatty acids.
- Using Xylitol sugar ensures the glycemic load stays way low.
- It is ridiculously high in fibre (your intestines are thanking me as we speak)
- I find these very gentle on my digestion, as the oats is cooked so briefly and does not become glutinous as with cooked oats or porridge. I tend to get cramps after eating cooked oats porridge, but luckily not with these little pillows of delight.
- I bought the sweetest shapes to cook them in, but only remembered I had these after they were cooked :-( but they are super for kids…
175g whole rolled oats (not instant) - processed in your food processor into flour
1 Tbsp whole flax seed - finely ground into meal (best to use a coffee grinder)
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp Xylitol sugar, or a few drops of Stevia (this can be omitted totally or replaced with any sugar/replacement to suite your taste and dietary requirements)
1 large free-range or organic egg, lightly beaten
1 Cup dairy free milk of your choice
1tsp good vanilla extract
4-5 Tbsp water to loosen batter, as required
Cooking spray or coconut oil for frying
Blueberries, baby raisins, choc chips, baby marshmallows, nibbed nuts, the list is endless…
Serving options; Top with:
Greek yoghurt (if allowed);
Sliced banana and a few strawberries;
Posh poached pear is beautiful;
Blueberry compote (blueberries simmered in sugared water for +/- 5 minutes);
Good maple or agave syrup
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. (I have to say that the cinnamon added here is more for the smell than anything else. It reminds me, again, of my Mum. I smell cinnamon and I’m home. Bliss)
- Mix the egg, milk and vanilla (oh the smell of vanilla!) in a jug.
- Add wet to dry ingredients all in one go and mix to combine.
(You may wish to now use a stick/emersion blender to smoothen the batter if your oat flour was not ground enough - however I’m often too lazy or rushed and am still happy with a slightly more textured crumpet - either way is delish)
- Ladle small scoops of batter into your hot, greased frying pan.
- Sprinkle your toppings onto the cooking crumpets. Allow to cook for about a minute, flip it and cook for another 30 seconds.
- Remove to a warm plate and repeat. Easy Peasy!
Note: As your crumpet batter stands, the oats will absorb some of the liquids and start to thicken. Simply add a few tablespoons of water or non-dairy milk after each batch to loosen.
As you can see, my Little Pie Face asked to experiment on the last crumpet, make it a BIG one and throw everything on - and being the risk taker that I am, I did - all in the name of science, of course.
Virtuous dieters look away now… (it was so delicious, I cannot explain).
Of course if you chose to use blueberries, it would also be so delicious and totally good for you, but, hey, its winter here and I don’t even have dried blueberries in my pantry, let alone the fresh ones… so choc chips and baby marshmallows will have to do (oh the hardship).
Loveliness present in every bite!