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I think it’s no secret to you by now that the back to school season makes me nervous. If it’s not memories from my own shaky times, it’s getting used to new developments that affect my life, and my kids’ lives. If it’s not the new developments and transitions, it’s thinking about my own end of summer memories. Exciting, yes. Easy? No. Today is the first day of school.
Scarlet is starting second grade and Des is starting preschool. Right now they’re both in new classrooms with new teachers and I can’t stop thinking about them. I can’t stop thinking about the smiles and laughter, and of the wonderful summer we had mostly together. Except for those ten days apart when we went to Alaska on our honeymoon. (did you know I went to Alaska????) I miss them, but all I can focus on is that I gave them the tools they need to succeed. They have backpacks full of nutritious lunches – with love notes(!) – and we have prepared them socially, emotionally, and with love, to make strides in the classrooms on their own. And I do know that I made a special first day of school breakfast, like my mom used to make.
I’d almost call this a weekend breakfast, but in fairness, NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder has a lot of uses. Whether we’re using it in chocolate milk or a smoothie, or pancakes – like in my recipe below – I love that it can be part of a complete breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and even dessert. Since I think we tend to need a lot of fuel in the morning, I love to use Nesquik powder in chocolate flavor in my favorite pancakes recipe. In fact, the powder is a big part of what makes the recipe my favorite. The busy back-to-school season doesn’t have to get me down. I’m starting to learn that! What I love is helping my kids kickstart their days. And it doesn’t hurt that I’m helping to kickstart my own day too. I need it and this recipe rocks:
These chocolate banana oatmeal pancakes have many layers of deliciousness and nutritiousness to power you through the busiest mornings!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder
- 1 cup organic oats
- 2 Tbsp light or dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon and sugar mix
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- Mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon-sugar mix into large bowl until well mixed
- Set aside NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder until a bit later
- Add butter, eggs, vanilla and milk last - to adjust amount with batter consistency - and mix until well combined
- Add NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder until you reach desired "chocolate level"
- Let batter sit for AT LEAST 20 minutes to soften the oats
- Heat your griddle or pan to medium heat, coat with cooking spray or butter, and drop batter onto skillet
- When pancakes are bubbly, flip carefully to the other side
- Top with banana slices
- Drizzle with maple syrup
Pro tip: allow the oats to soak into the pancakes batter for at least 20 minutes - or even more - so that they soften
First, let’s talk about the NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder. You can also use NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder Strawberry in a delicious pancakes recipe, as a snack, and as part of a complete breakfast. We get our Nesquik powder at Target with Cocoa:
It’s the chocolatey taste that my kids love, and you know what? So do I. NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder contains 7 essential vitamins and minerals, has no artificial colors or flavors, and has 45% less sugar than the leading chocolate syrup brand. When you combine it with milk, it’s not just a glass of chocolate milk. It has 8 grams of protein when combined with 8 fluid ounces of low-fast milk! It is a glass of limitless potential. Nesquik is a wonderful part of a complete breakfast.
These pancakes will help you start your day. Why do I use oats? Oatmeal gives the pancakes a thicker, more filling consistency, as well as protein and fiber. With the added bulk and texture from the oats, the sweetness from the bananas and maple glaze, and the chocolatey goodness of the Nesquik powder, this breakfast makes me happy. I think you all know I’m not an early morning person. I wake up cheerful enough, but not focused until I’ve eaten something satisfying. Enjoy!