Cool & Creative Ways to Use Your Muffin Tins!

Flip-less Pancakes!

on May 22, 2012

This morning I have for you a delicious family activity! Flip-less Pancakes from Amanda at Excited 2 Learn. This is not only a yummy recipe but also educational for the kiddos 😀

Amanda says this about it… ” It started as a cooking project then evolved into a treasure hunt, science and math activity.”

Even older children will get something out of this, think of it as home ec 😉 They do still teach that in schools they just call it something different. At my kid’s middle school it’s Family Consumer Science, lol. Anyway, here ya go, have fun!!!

What you will need:

Muffin tins of course 😉

Liners for the muffin tin or cooking spray if you choose not to line the cups

Various measuring cups, spoons, bowls, cutting utensils etc.

A large plastic mat to put down if you like Amanda’s method 🙂

Pancake mix or your own recipe

12 different items to put in your pancakes (or however many you like)

**Example of items to add: raisins, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, maple syrup, frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, bananas, peaches, chocolate chips, nuts, tiny pieces of orange, marshmallows, colored sprinkles, pumpkin, cinnamon, cherries, blackberries, butterscotch or peanut butter bits, shredded cheese, lemon juice & sugar, honey…. and the list could go on and on! Basically add whatever you like! Get crazy and experiment 🙂

And here’s how she did it. (with her daughter L)

1. I read the recipe while L. helped get each of the ingredients.

2. L. helped measure the ingredients and put them in separate bowls so she could do all the pouring on her own.  This was very important to her and probably will be to your child too!

3. L. poured all the ingredients into her large mixing bowl and mixed away.

4. L. put muffin cups (liners) into the muffin tins.  The babies loved playing with the muffin cups as well.

5. I put half of the batter into a glass measuring cup so she could pour a little batter into the muffin cups more easily.

6. We went on a treasure hunt around our kitchen finding 12 different items to put in our pancakes. Our goal was to make 12 different types and see which we liked best. We used raisins, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, maple syrup, frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, and bananas. For baby B. we added grape yogurt, yogurt melts and mashed sweet potatoes.

7. L. cut the bananas & strawberries into tiny pieces with a butter knife. She was very proud of herself!

8. We put each ingredient into its own muffin cup.

9. L. put a little of the filling in batter on spots by each muffin in the pan to identify them. This took a lot of concentration and spatial planning on L.’s part. It was great watching her figure it out like a puzzle.

10. We baked the “pancakes” at 325 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending upon how much batter you use.

11. We had a taste test. L. loved them all. I had to agree with her. It was so much fun trying each one that after we tried a couple we decided to close our eyes, taste and guess which it was, bringing lots of laughter! L.‘s favorites were the strawberry, sweet potato and grape yogurt. My favorites were the coconut, banana and sweet potato. I will definitely start putting shredded coconut in pancakes from now on!

12. L made a second batch by mixing all different ingredients together. She looked and sounded like a true scientist making all sorts of concoctions. She spent over a half an hour preparing them. I put a waterproof sheet on the floor and let her mix away so she could move all around the tins.

13. We baked them and enjoyed eating every last one!

14. Clean up time. 😀

What an awesome way to spend a Saturday morning with your family, am I right?!! My kids would love doing this and they range in age from 9 months to 14 years old so it’s an activity EVERYONE can get in on 🙂

Just another wonderful way to celebrate the muffin tin! Is yours feeling the love?


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