Just for fun, I decided that popping a little Valentine’s Day treat in my kids’ lunch box was a nice little way to say: “I Love you”.
So, I created pink pikelets, coloured and flavoured with real strawberries! I used wholemeal flour to boost the fibre and a 1/4 cup of maple syrup over the whole recipe means that each pikelet contains very little sugar but still has a touch of sweetness. They’re so easy to make and the flavour is subtle but yummy! Give them a try, the kids will love them!
What you need:
- 1 cup wholemeal flour (more fibre this way; white flour has less fibre, but they will look more pink)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 punnet strawberries
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 pinch salt
What to do:
- Remove the green stalks from the strawberries and place them in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Place the strawberry puree, flour, eggs, milk, maple syrup and salt in a bowl and using an electric mixer, beat until the mixture is well-combined.
- If your kids are cool with food colouring you can add 1-2 drops of red colour at this point to boost the colour. Keep blending until the colour is evenly distributed.
- In a non-stick pan over low heat, add 1 tbsp of mixture to make one mini pikelet. Repeat with more mixture and try to fit as many mini pikelets in the pan as you can. After 2-3 minutes, once they’ve had a few bubbles pop on top, flip the pikelets over. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes and then remove from the heat to cool. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
- Store in the fridge. Wrapping them up like a present in baking paper with a little red heart completes the treat!