Recipe: Power Up Pancakes

Eating a healthy breakfast can help kids pay attention at school and earn better grades. This National Nutrition Month®, give your child a great start to the day with these Power Up Pancakes!

March 27, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

As many as one in nine schoolchildren and one in five teens in the United States don’t eat breakfast regularly. Eating breakfast can help kids perform better in the classroom, have fewer behavior problems, and miss less school because of sickness.

Help your child power up every day with a healthy breakfast like these cinnamon, banana, and oatmeal pancakes from our very own Healthfirst Nutrition Team!

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Recipe: Power Up Pancakes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 9


  • 1 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup steel- cut oats
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fat-free or non-dairy milk
  • 1 large egg
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • cup whipped cream
  • 3 tbsp almond slices
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, oats, and baking powder

  2. In medium bowl, mash banana with fork then add vanilla extract, milk, and egg. Mix well.
  3. Add contents of medium bowl to large bowl and mix gently until combined
  4. Coat bottom of large skillet with cooking spray
  5. Pour ¼ cup pancake mix on pre-heated skillet
  6. Cook for 1–2 minutes per side, turning when pancakes begin to bubble
  7. Remove from heat and garnish with whipped cream, almond slices, and cinnamon

Why Eat This?

A healthy breakfast can improve your child’s grades and behavior. It can also improve his or her mood and overall health! Kids and teens who eat breakfast regularly have healthier diets and BMIs than those who don’t. They also have better concentration, memory, and more energy and are less likely to struggle with health conditions like obesity.

Most kids and teens in the U.S. do not consume the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables or whole grains. Breakfast is a great opportunity to feed your child important nutrients like fiber, calcium, vitamin D, and iron, which can decrease his or her chances of suffering from tooth decay, iron deficiency, and osteoporosis.

Don’t forget to set a good example and eat a healthy breakfast yourself!

Nutrition Facts

Check out the nutrition facts for one Power Up Pancake!*

Kids Recipe Nutrition Facts
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*Nutrition facts are estimated and based on the brand that is purchased at the supermarket. To ensure accuracy of total nutrient intake, it is recommended that you read the food labels on each product.

© 2017 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies.

This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

“Childhood Nutrition Facts,” January 25, 2017.

“Free Nutrition Label Generator,” Accessed February 27, 2017.

“Health and Academic Achievement,” April 2014.

Healthfirst Nutrition Team

“SuperTracker,” United States Department of Agriculture. Accessed February 27, 2017.

“The Case for Eating Breakfast,” November 21, 2015.

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