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A cross between pancakes, mini muffins, and glazed donuts, these Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin Pancake Poppers with Maple Glaze are a healthy way to grab breakfast or snack on the run. Perfect for your busiest days, it's like a pancake that you can just pop in your mouth -- syrup included on top!
If there is one snack that has been a consistent staple in our house ever since my oldest started eating solids, it would be raisins. Not only do they taste delicious, but the soft, sweet, and chewy little bites are incredibly versatile! Of course, we love to pack a box of raisins in lunch boxes and in diaper bags for those times when hunger strikes and we need a quick and portable energy boost. But I also like to incorporate California Raisins in a variety of healthy recipes that are perfect for any time of day.
So to kick off this series of tasty, healthy, kid-friendly recipes, I'm sharing one of our favorite grab-and-go breakfasts: Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin Pancake Poppers with Maple Glaze. You won't believe how good these are!
As you probably know by now, I'm a big fan of recipes that I can prepare in advance so that they are ready and waiting for us when we need them. Since these poppers freeze perfectly, they are a great solution for busy weekday mornings, for packing the last-minute lunchbox, or for an afternoon snack with a big glass of milk. After just a few seconds in the microwave, they will be ready for your family to dive into!
Plus, I managed to keep these both healthy and delicious so you can feel good about giving them to your little ones. I used our favorite whole grain pancake mix as the start of my batter, with no added butter or oil. The California Raisins add a hint of natural sweetness, and just a thin maple glaze on top gives them a crisp top (akin to a donut) that will instantly please little palates.
You can find the full recipe below...print it out, go to the store, and buy a big container of California Raisins: you will need them on hand to prepare the rest of the delicious ideas that I will be sharing this week! And in the meantime, I'm going to give you even more reasons to fall in love all over again with this amazing snack...
The ingredient list says it all: Raisins. There are no weird added colors or chemicals, they have zero fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar. Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving). Pretty awesome, considering how good they taste!
And if you're looking for some fast and easy snack ideas to incorporate even more raisins into your child's diet, try these ideas:
- The retro favorite "Ants on a Log:" smear peanut butter (or cream cheese) in celery sticks and top with a few raisins.
- Grab a whole grain tortilla, spread it with your favorite nut butter, drizzle with some honey and cinnamon, and sprinkle with raisins. Roll it up and you have a nutritious and delicious wrap that is suitable for any time of day!
- Or how about adding some raisins to your favorite breakfast cereal? It's a great way to add some sweetness without consuming crazy freeze-dried marshmallows!
- Set up a Make-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar to allow your kids a chance to build their own healthy snack mix. Let them combine their favorite ingredients such as raisins, pretzels, small cheese crackers, and nuts.
- Another option: have your little ones create their own yogurt parfaits by choosing their favorite flavor of yogurt and topping it with the cereal, nuts, fruit, and raisins of their choice.
Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin Pancake Poppers with Maple Glaze
- 2 cups whole grain pancake mix
- ⅔ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup raisins
For the maple glaze:
- 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon maple extract
- ¼ cup milk
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- For Batter: In medium bowl, stir together pancake mix, water, sugar, applesauce, egg, cinnamon, and nutmeg until blended. (Do not overmix.) Fold in raisins.
- Spoon batter into lightly greased or paper-lined mini muffin pan.
- Bake about 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool completely.
- For Glaze: In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, maple extract and milk; stir well. Dip tops of muffins in glaze. Allow glaze to set before storing in air-tight container.
And stay tuned this week for even more delicious raisin recipes that your family will love!