Eat Grow Play Nature Camp KemptvilleToday is a dreary and cold snow day in late March.  The buses are cancelled and there are ice pellets in the forecast.  I sent the boys outside this morning to play but I knew with the blowing snow it wouldn’t be long before they were asking to come inside.  While they were out playing I created a new pancake recipe to go with the fresh maple syrup we have been making over the past couple of weeks.  It was a hit with the boys when they came inside hungry and looking for something to eat.
Eat Grow Play Nature Camp KemptvilleOver the March Break we were collecting sap from maple trees we had tapped. By the end of the week we were able to make a batch of pancakes for lunch and sample some of the syrup that Scott had boiled using our neighbour’s outdoor wood boiler.
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Coconut Crunch Pancakes

This recipe uses a fresh kefir which I just learned how to make during a workshop at Heritage Harvest Farm.  Making kefir is really easy and helps to add beneficial probiotics to your diet.  I will do a blog soon on how to make kefir.  If you don’t have kefir you could substitute yogurt, or full fat coconut milk.

fresh kefir strawberries

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 3 tbsp flax meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups kefir, yogurt or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 egg
    1. In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients.
    2. In a medium bowl whisk together kefir, vanilla, syrup, water and egg.
    3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into it.
    4. Gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together just until combined.  Some lumps may remain but leave them for a fluffier pancake.
    5. In a lightly greased skillet over medium low heat ladle batter by 1/3 cup measure.
    6. Cook pancakes until golden brown on both sides.
    7. For garnish consider lightly toasting some coconut in a dry skillet over medium low heat.
    8. Leftover pancakes can be frozen in an airtight bag for up to three months.  Reheat in microwave or toaster.

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Eat Grow Play Nature Camp Kemptville

Collecting maple sap at Eat Grow Play March Break Camp