Happy National Pancake Day!

Large stack of pancakes with berriesWhile pancakes have probably been a part of your mornings for as long as you can remember, these tasty mouthfuls of goodness have quite a history of their own.  Did you know that pancakes may have been around since the stone age?  In ancient Greece and Rome, they kept it simple with ingredients including flour, olive oil and milk but chefs today are shaking up their pancake recipes to include fruit, vegetables spices, candy and many other unusual ingredients that make them delicious and fun!

 

Mini pancakes on pink plate with frosting and confetti sprinkles

 

According to Insanely Good Recipes, the top 5 pancake toppings are maple syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, fresh berries, and bananas and chocolate chips.

Why Pancakes?
Mardi Gras pancakes with frosting and green, purple, and gold springs. The plate is surrounded by Mardi Gras beads.Long ago, people were not allowed to eat animal products like butter, eggs and milk on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday which marks the beginning of the religious holiday, Lent.

In order to prevent waste, people would use up these ingredients by making pancakes. Today, Fat Tuesday is celebrated as Mardi Gras Day and is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday each year.  There are many traditions surrounding the history of this season including king cakes, parades, parties, masks and of course pancakes!

Happy parents and their small kids enjoying while decorating pancakes with fruit in dining room. Focus is on mother and daughter.

It is fun to indulge during your celebrations but to give pancakes a healthy twist, try making them with whole grains or nuts instead. Whole wheat flour, oat flour, or almond flour can give your pancakes a kick of nutrients traditional pancakes lack. Rather than loading your stacks up with bottled syrup that may contain high amounts of processes sugar try topping your flapjacks with fresh fruit (natural sugar), nut butter or plain yogurt.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a silly book by Laura Numeroff which follows a patient girls doing her best to please a demanding pig!  There are follow up stories available for animal lovers of all sorts!
Resources
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iky4lkIz4r8

The History of Pancakes


https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/photos/pancake-recipes
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-benefits-of-whole-grains#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2
https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/cooking-preschool.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mardi-gras-fat-tuesday-history/index.html

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