I guess I’ll consider this the start of a series. The first Alpha Dad Move I posted was “The Whisker Rub” back in October.
Being a dad means more than just bringing home the bacon, it means taking charge and setting an example for your kids. When they’re grown up, they’ll remember the various “dad moves” or traditions you establish with fondness.
One I’ve done with some sort of frequency is the Sunday Morning breakfast. The key to this move is to do it without being asked, and sort of spring it on the wife and kids as they’re ramping up for your regular Sunday routine. Sunday’s work well for us for some reason, but if Saturday’s are better for you, try that.
If you have to be asked, by wife or kids, it loses its effectiveness. Also, you have to WANT to do this. If you’re not feeling up to it…you’re tired, you’re hungover, just don’t feel like it, better to wait. Have some life and excitement and make it an event. “Who want’s to have Dad’s world-famous blueberry pancakes?” is much better than doing it after being asked “Can you make us breakfast??” in a whiney kid voice .
Most times, my go-to Dad Breakfast is blueberry pancakes. Just something about them that the kids love. This “move” is made more powerful by the following, which most dad’s probably fall into as well:
- Rarely make breakfast, or if you do
- Most dad breakfasts are non-descript (think toast or cereal)
- Not great culinary skills to begin with
- Probably do less cooking overall than the wife, maybe by a large margin
- For our house, it doesn’t happen every Sunday, but I’d say 50% or so.. but if you wanted to make a tradition that will be talked about for years after (“you remember when we were growing up and dad made us pancakes every Sunday?”), feel free to do it every week.
Now we make “Paleo Pancakes” which just means we use coconut or almond flour instead of white flour or use butter/banana/egg mix that also works (though blueberry’s are a little tougher in that recipe). Almond flour has gotten crazy expensive, though so we’re using more coconut flour these days. Below are a few recipes you may want to try if you’re into paleo eating.
The key part of making a good pancake is making sure the griddle is hot enough but not too hot. It is usually the second batch and beyond that turn out the best since the griddle is nice and hot. Think a drop of water dancing then evaporating quickly. Coat griddle with a light coat of butter. Not oil. Not PAM. You’re not making fritters here. You’ll also want to use a measuring cup (I think a 1/4 cup works best) for consistency in size. Wait until you see bubbles start to form in the middle and the edges look solid before attempting to flip. This is especially true with the runnier banana/almond butter/egg recipe. Serve with a little pat of butter and real maple syrup. Loudboy and BirdsNest LOOOooove my pancakes on Sundays. Costco has great prices for fresh blueberries compared to most grocery stores too, and fresh blueberries are hands down winners over frozen in pancakes.
Here’s one I cook a lot (Holly I don’t think has ever used this recipe, so it’s exclusive to me in our house). Not even sure where I got the recipe but it’s written on a piece of paper I pull out every time I make these.
Paleo Almond Flour Pancakes
1.5 cup almond flour
¼ cup cream
¼ cup butter
1/8 cup agave (sometimes skip this)
½ tsp baking soda
½ tbs vanilla
Blueberries (1 cup in full batter, or to taste on individual pancakes)
Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. You can mix blueberries in the batter (1 cup is, or you can add them after you drop the batter on the griddle, either way works though I usually drop on the griddle so they don’t get smooshed while mixing. Makes enough for a family of four.
Here’s one with coconut flour. First thing to know about coconut flour is a little goes a long way, and soaks up a lot of wet ingredients. Make them the same way as the one above.
Coconut flour pancakes
4 eggs, room temperature
1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon agave or honey
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Finally, here’s a recipe that’s more to my wife’s pancake making demeanor. I’ve made these once or twice as well.
Almond Butter – Banana Pancakes
2 ripe bananas
3 tbs almond butter (room temperature)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbs melted butter
Blend until banana is very smooth. These are the lightest and most delicate of the three recipes and very runny when you dump them to the griddle, so use a smaller amount of batter if need be. Be patient since if you try and flip too early they’ll break.
Enjoy and hope you’re making your own little traditions that your children will look back on old Dad fondly. Remember, attitude is everything! Cocky-funny works as well on your kids as it does on the wife!