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Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Pancakes

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you probably have some perceptions about my children.

Miss Rae:


Sassy, demanding and high maintenance.

J Man:


Easy going, well behaved, very respectful.

And if these are your perceptions, I can’t blame you because this is what I’ve led you to believe.

But before you assume that the boy is always perfect and the girl is always trying, let’s clear that up.

The boy has a bit of a stubborn streak. A bit of an independent streak. A bit of a “I’m 5, but I’m certain that I’m smarter than you” streak.

Case in point:

J Man: “Grandma, let me tell you something that I don’t think you know.”

Grandma: “What’s that?”

J Man: “12-5=7”

Most recently, he’s decided that if he doesn’t like whatever consequence or punishment he might be experiencing, he has the option of ignoring said consequence.

(J Man and Miss Rae arguing over the same book.)

Me: “Oh, so sad! If you keep arguing, we’ll put the book away.”

(J Man and Miss Rae arguing over the same book.)

Me: “Oh, so sad! I guess we’ll put the book away.”

I retrieve the book and put it up on a shelf. J Man gets a look in his eye. A deviant, wicked, determined look.

J Man: “I’ll just find a ladder and climb up and get that book.”

Me: “Ok.”

That kid ran downstairs and brought up random things that he was certain he could stand on to reach the elusive book.

I watched in amusement. He came over to me and whispered, “Tonight, when you’re sleeping, I’m going to get out of bed and come out here, and climb up on that counter and get that book.”

Stubborn. Determined. And a little bit spooky.


You know what you should give kids who are naughty?

Ice cream. Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Ice cream.

Oh wait. That’s not right. Instead, I made my stubborn, determined children pancakes.


Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Pancakes.


One batch of vanilla pancake batter and one batch of chocolate. Two separate squeeze bottles and a little creativity.


Miss Rae preferred the vanilla swirls- vanilla to mirror her angelic attitude?

J Man preferred the chocolate swirls- chocolate to mirror the dark side of his personality?


I preferred mine topped with banana. I’ll let you make your own judgments about my personality.

Later that night, J Man prayed a beautiful prayer, requesting that Jesus help him make good choices.

Miss Rae: “Mommy, do you love Jesus?”

Me: “Yes, I do! Do you?”

Miss Rae: “Well, most of the time…”

I think I’m the one who needs prayer…

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Pancakes


Vanilla swirl
1 cup unbleached flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup almond milk
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate swirl
1 cup ww pastry flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS sugar
2 TBS cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup almond milk
2 TBS vegetable oil


In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients for vanilla swirl. In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients for vanilla swirl. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until just combined.

Pour batter into a squeeze bottle. Repeat with the same bowls for chocolate swirl.

Other recipes with unbleached flour. Walnut Blondies? Looks good!


2 responses »

  1. I love your posts! When I see you post something it is the first thing that I read in my in box! Wait until the little munchkins are preteen, especially Miss Rae! 🙂


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