Yes, I am on a healthier lifestyle kick for this year. But I still have children and they still deserve to have some super fun, delicious foods every once in a while. Special occasions like Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to let them splurge! So this morning, just for fun, I made these Valentine Pancakes and French Vanilla Cream Syrup for them. They were SO good – according to my kids – that I had to share them with you!
I took the easy way out on the pancake mix and used a box brand that I like. Some things I just don’t do from scratch. I simply divided the mixture into two bowls and added red food coloring to the mix. To keep them as pink as possible so they did not get the brown coloring on top, I flipped them a few times throughout instead of just once.
If you have more time, try this Fluffy Pancake Recipe!
- 1½ Cups Flour
- 3½ Tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- 1 T. Sugar
- 1¼ Cups Milk
- 1 Egg
- 3 T. Melted Butter
- Sift flour, baking powder, salt, sugar. Add milk, egg, butter and mix until blended. Let set for 10 minutes.
- Cook each pancake over medium heat. Flip when you see large bubbles formed on the side facing up, or when the cooking side is golden brown.
Once cooked, I used a scallop edged heart cookie cutter to create the hearts. Once I stacked them, alternating pink and white pancakes, I went to my fridge to get my homemade whipped cream… and then realized I was out of it. And the ingredients to make it!
- 1 cup Fat Free French Vanilla Creamer
- TBSP Sugar
- Whip together in a super cold bowl for 5 minutes or until desired consistency is created.
I stood there stupefied as to what I was going to do. My eyes rested on my fat free French Vanilla coffee creamer and the light bulb went on!
I grabbed my creamer and my sugar, attached the beaters to my blender, and went to work. Before I started, I let my mixing bowl get really cold in the freezer. I added the creamer and the sugar and went to work. In about 5 minutes I had the thick, syrupy texture I wanted for my pancakes!
I topped my Valentine Pancakes with the French Vanilla Cream Syrup and then topped it all with Red Velvet Cake Sprinkles. I added some fruit for nutrition and color and served it up to my kids! You would have thought they were in a 5 star restaurant! They absolutely loved it!
Sure, this is not the healthiest breakfast. But every once in a while it is fun to splurge. Make these for the ones you love and I bet you will get hugs and kisses as large as I did!