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NEST + NOURISH … with chocolate bat pancakes by five and one

Chocolate Bat Pancakes   

recipe adapted from always in the kitchen

I made these gluten free and sweetened them with bananas and maple syrup.

2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 c maple syrup
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
white chocolate drops for the bat eyes

Combine egg, buttermilk,and banana with a mixer just until blended. Mix in vanilla extract and melted butter.

Combine dry ingredients and then mix with buttermilk mixture until blended.

Cook on a nonstick pan (I use cast iron) coated with butter.

After the bat cakes are flipped, add on white chocolate drops for the eyes, pressing them into the cooked side a bit. Serve with maple syrup.

To make bats, I poured batter into a plastic bag cutting a very small triangle (pencil eraser size) at one end and carefully made the shape of the bat.  As you can see from the image above it is clearly not an exact science – I had some really sketchy bats and the kids still thought they were awesome.  Just have fun and know that your kids will love them regardless of how they look.  If the bat shapes are not working, just do the first letter of their name ( this is actually where the inspiration came for this post anyway) My dear husband was cooking pancakes over the weekend and made letters out of the pancake batter for the kids AND THEY LOVED IT!  I love how sharing food as a family builds inspiration in so many ways!

Happy Halloween!



NEST + NOURISH … with pumpkin donuts

Pumpkin donuts … yum!! These are the perfect fall treat and it was definitely worth buying a donut pan for these. The recipe is from blue eyed bakers and is so easy and delicious… I would have to say that anything dipped in butter and sugar has to be divinely delicious.  I don’t normally post such decadent recipes, but this is a treat worth trying for an indulgent occasion, especially a birthday or a halloween treat. Another donut on the list to try is from Roost, a gluten free version made with almond flour topped with a cinnamon butter glaze.

The kids love helping with these and pouring the batter into a plastic bag (cutting off at the corner to let the dough out) made the job of getting the batter into the pan so simple.  Just had to clean up around the edges before baking.

We enjoyed these as a special birthday treat too!! It’s a great alternative to cake.