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Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Monkey-around with this yummy pancake recipe!

Chocolate-Banana-Oat Pancakes (with a handful of spinach blended it!) for a fun story and snack combo to get your child excited about trying something new or just a great way to spend some time in the kitchen together and have some fun. These chocolatey pancakes could be served as a healthy snack or a nutritious breakfast!

Our copy of this classic children’s book is very well loved. I think there was a period of a couple of months where Henry insisted we read it several times a day. You’ve been there, right?

This pancake batter is super easy to make with any aged child. Just add everything to a blender and blend away! A little cocoa powder adds some extra fun and a little spinach adds a little veggie power, and with the natural sweetness of banana, it’s a winning combo!

For some extra fun, spread a couple of pancakes with peanut butter (or any spread you like), slice up some bananas together, and top the pancakes with banana and blueberries to make a monkey/gorilla face. See picture for some ideas.

Would your little monkey dig these pancakes??

“Good Morning Gorilla” Pancakes

(Chocolate-Banana-Oat Pancakes)

  • Makes 8 to 10 medium-sized pancakes
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or 1 pitted date (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Cook pancakes in oil or butter as desired.