My kids’ current favorite meal? Breakfast. And one of their most requested items – of course – is pancakes. I love that this version is easy enough for them to help with!
These pancakes mix up in the blender and then are baked in a sheet pan – which makes them super quick, and super easy – and, as a bonus, the whole family can sit down to warm pancakes at the same time!
Why make pancakes in a sheet pan?
The two main benefits of cooking pancakes in a sheet pan are that you can cook a lot at once and you don’t have to attend to them constantly.
With traditional pancakes, you’re standing over the stove for a while, flipping and cooking in batches. With these, you just pour the batter into the sheet pan and throw it in the oven.
This makes it easier for kids to help – and gives you a few hands-off minutes to prep other elements of the meal.
How can kids help?
This recipe is a great one to tackle with kids because blender mixing makes it virtually foolproof!
- Measure ingredients
- Add ingredients to the blender
- Help with blending ingredients
- Spray the pan with non-stick spray
- Pour the batter into the pan
- Top with chocolate chips
- Cut the pancakes with a kid-safe knife
Adults will need to:
- Help run the blender
- Place pan in the oven and remove when baked
- Cut the pancakes if a kid-safe knife isn’t available
Want more recipes for kids?
If you’re looking for more recipes that are easy for kids to help with, make sure you look through the other recipes in our Kids in the Kitchen series. Some of our favorites include Unicorn Grilled Cheese and Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Mini chocolate chips, optional
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Pray a quarter sheet pan or 9x11" baking pan with non-stick spray.
- In a blender, combine the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, bananas, honey, egg, milk, vanilla and salt. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into prepared pan and top with mini chocolate chips, if desired.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until set and starting to brown around the edges.
- Remove from the oven, let sit for five minutes, then slice into squares and serve.
The bake time on this will vary slightly depending on the size of your pan. If you have a thin layer of batter, it should only take 10-12 minutes to bake. If you have a thicker layer, you'll need to add a few minutes to the baking time.