An easy pancake recipe for kids
Pancakes are a huge hit in my house, especially covered in a chocolate spread or golden syrup. These pancakes are the easiest to make, come in under a pound and can serve 12, or 4 hungry mouths. A perfect frugal treat for any family living on a budget.
Freezable, healthy (topping dependant) and ready in under a couple of minutes, with no pre brought mixture in sight!
You won’t find an easer pancake recipe anywhere else.
These pancakes go great with:
- frozen or fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries
- they can be made savoury with ham or cheese added
- chocolate spread or the classic lemon juice.
The tip to making these pancakes thin is to pour them in using a glass jug then moving the hot pan around to make sure the mixture covers the pan. Don’t flip them too soon though as they will stick.
Wait in till the first few bubbles appear before flipping or turning them.
Don’t worry if the first one is messed up! No-one makes the best pancakes without a dodgy one at the start.
These homemade pancakes can be made in advance and frozen. Once cooked, cool them down then wrap each one in grease proof paper. Put them into an airtight container then freeze for up to three months.
To warm them back up, turn up the grill and place each one under for a few minutes each.
Ways to save money on meals
These easy pancakes are great if you are looking for a cheap meal for the kids. They can be perfect to keep tummies full before school or a great quick evening meal if the kids have already had a school lunch.
Because they are so cheap to cook, adding these to your meal plan once or twice a month could make a big difference to your food bill overall.
If you are looking to save money on your grocery bill going forward then our top 5 tips are:
- Meal plan every time you go shopping. We add an ingredient to our shopping list every time it’s used. That way we remember what we need as we go. We then meal plan for all our meals. This includes breakfast and lunch. That way we don’t run out of food before the week is up.
2. Use cash back sites. If you shop online then make sure everything goes through a cashback site. We use OhMyDosh* which is an easy to use site that helps you get money back on your normal day to day online purchases.
Quidco* is another great cash back site that we use. They send you offers through email and have an easy to use search function if you know the store you are looking for directly.
3. Shop your cupboard or freezer once a week. This means trying to make a meal out of what you have. It might be crazy but it might just stop you from reaching for the takeaway menu. Let the kids help and come up with a new favorite meal for the week.
4. If you are new to cooking then have a look at a slow cooker. Having a slow cooker means that you can cook healthy food for the whole family while you out. Slow cookers are easy to use as with most recipes you can chuck all the ingredients in and leave them.
We currently have the Morphy Richards Slow Cooker Sear and Stew 460012 3.5L Black Slowcooker* – it’s hob proof and can be dish-washed for easy cleaning.
Why not make a bit extra for your freezer and use it as a quick microwave meal for next week?
5. As a beginner cook or even a seasoned one, having ideas to fill your meal plan can be time consuming. Have a look at Spicentice. They send you spice packets with a full shopping list and method that you can follow step by step.
We like them because they helped us get out of a food rut and got us trying new food again. Once we felt we had a wider food range again we added these meals into our meal plan.
The meals vary greatly from classics like homemade meatballs to chicken strips. What we liked was that vegan and gluten free options are available too and that all these meals can be adapted to taste.
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Cheap and easy pancakes for just 86p shopping list
2 Eggs 16p
300 ml Milk 60p
100g Plain Flour 10p
(Prices are based on shopping at Aldi and are correct at time of print.)
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Cheap and easy pancakes for just 86p method
Whisk up the flour, eggs, and milk in a large bowl. Either by hand or using a hand whisk, beat in till all the lumps have gone.
Set a medium frying pan or a low heat, and add a very tiny dash of oil, just enough to stop the pancake sticking.
When the pan is piping hot, using a large metal ladle, scoop one or two portions into the pan, depending on how thick you like them. (I like mine ultra thin, so do one ladle of the mixture, but the kids prefer two.)
After a minute, making sure all the mixture is set, flip the pancake and cook for a further 30 seconds, or in till both sides are golden brown.
Your serving options are endless! Lemon and sugar, chocolate spread, golden syrup, bananas or whatever you have in the cupboard or freezer. I’ve used left over fruit and ice cream before, just to use it all up.
If you enjoyed this post and would like some more family friendly budget recipes or meal plan ideas, then head over to the budget food section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 30 cheap posts dedicated to helping you cook and shop wiser for less. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family food Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to eat well and spend less; Family Meal Plans on a Budget, Budget Family Meals & Budget Slimming World Recipes for Families.
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- 2 Eggs
- 300 ml Milk
- 100g Plain Flour
- Whisk up the flour, eggs, and milk in a large bowl. Either by hand or using a hand whisk, beat in till all the lumps have gone.
- Set a medium frying pan or a low heat, and add a very tiny dash of oil, just enough to stop the pancake sticking.
- When the pan is piping hot, using a large metal ladle, scoop one or two portions into the pan, depending on how thick you like them. (I like mine ultra thin, so do one ladle of the mixture, but the kids prefer two.)
- After a minute, making sure all the mixture is set, flip the pancake and cook for a further 30 seconds, or in till both sides are golden brown.
These are great as sweet or savoury pancakes. They are great for even beginner cooks to make.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 166Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 99mgSodium 76mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 8g
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