Healthy Pikelets for Kids Afternoon Tea
If your kids are anything like mine, they are starving when they come home from school, and want to grab the first thing they can lay their hands on that looks vaguely like food.
Pikelets are awesome for afternoon tea. You can whip them up at the last minute, and give your kids a wholesome snack.
Here are a few hints for making extra healthy pikelets.
- Use wholemeal self raising flour instead of white flour. It takes longer to digest than white flour, it’s lower on the Glycemic Index (meaning it doesn’t spike their blood sugars as much as white flour), and it will keep them feeling full for longer
- Add nut meal to the flour. I usually have almond meal or hazelnut meal on hand in the fridge (keeping it cold helps to stop the fats in the meal from going rancid). About a 60/40 flour to nut meal mix seems to keep the consistency fairly easy to handle-the more nutmeal, the heavier the pikelet will be, and it gets a bit tricky to flip sometimes.
- Use yoghurt instead of milk. Add a pinch of carb soda. The yoghurt reacts with the carb soda, just as buttermilk would, making for a nice thick pikelet. Of course, if you happen to have buttermilk in the fridge when, at the last minute, you decide to make pikelets for arvo tea, go ahead and use it. If you use youghurt, you will probably need to add a small amount of milk to get a smooth batter.
- Remember to add an egg!
- Mash a banana and add it to the batter. The sweetness in the banana means you won’t need to add sugar to the batter, nor anything sweet on top once they pikelets are cooked. [If your kids aren’t used to eating sugar free, you may need to add sugar to the batter, and gradually reduce the amount of sugar you add with each batch. They’ll soon get used to it.]