Cooking with Kids: Easy Waffles Using a Blender
Make Cooking Fun And Educational: Quick, Easy and Healthy Waffles
Who doesn’t like waffles? Now, it’s even easier to make, AND, they are more healthy for us! These waffles are made with a blender which makes it easier to mix the batter, pour the batter onto a hot waffle iron and clean-up is a whole lot easier.
- 2 cups almond milk
- *Reserve about a 1/4 of a cup to help mix the batter in the blender.
- 1 egg
- Applesauce 1 container of unsweetened (about half a cup)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups of pancake mix
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons protein powder
Prep and Directions:
Kitchen Appliances & Tools Needed:
- Waffle Iron
- Wet and Dry Measuring cup
Adult: Help child plug in appliances and measure out ingredients.
Child: Add the wet ingredients first to the blender, then add the dry ingredients.
Blend all ingredients together. The protein powder may cause the batter to thicken up so you may have to add a little more almond milk if it is too thick. Scrape the sides of the blender with a spatula and mix again.
Pour batter onto lightly greased and preheated waffle iron. Cook waffles until steaming stops or until golden brown. Serve with your favorite fruit and maple syrup, if desired.with strawberries and blueberries.
Eat! Talk! Enjoy!
Language Time Tips:
1. Build vocabulary: Use nouns and actions. Nouns: Chocolate, pudding, cup, vanilla, sugar, milk, etc… Action words: pour, mix and stir.
2. Colors and Size: There are some different colors in this mix: Brown for the chocolate, white for the cornstarch, green for the “caterpillar” grapes, and red for the “lady-bug” strawberries. As you are preparing the ingredients, ask your child, “put the red ingredients on the counter”, “put the green fruit on the counter”, put the brown ingredients into the mixing bowl, etc. This will assess your child’s receptive language of colors. With all of the ingredients being different sizes ask your child, “Should w e use the smallest ingredient first?”, or What is larger, the strawberry or the grape”?
3. Comment and Describe: Encourage words such as “warm”, “creamy”, “thick” and “smooth”. Let your child taste each ingredient of the recipe and discuss the flavors. The chocolate is not sweet. The almond milk can be cold and wet. This use of commenting can help your child communicate better with regards to requesting specific foods at meals such as saying, “I w ant the sweet item”, “I w ant a soft food” (pudding), for example.
4. Sequencing and recalling information: There are definite steps to this recipe but certain ingredients should be mixed first. For example, the coconut sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch can go into the bowl before the vanilla, and the whipped topping can go on top last. After you are done with the steps to making this yummy pudding, ask your child w hat you did first, next, etc. Discuss w hat would happen if you were to do these steps out of order?
5. Answering and asking “wh” questions: Sample “wh ” questions include: Sample “wh” questions include, “”What is this pudding for?” “What food groups are in this recipe (fruit, dairy, seasoning, etc…)?” “What makes this taste so good?”, “Why do we let the pudding “get cold” in the refrigerator?”
Literacy! Try a fun syllable activity by counting how many syllables are in each ingredient. What ingredient has the most syllables? How about the least amount of syllables?
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This post originally appeared on our July/August 2017 Magazine