Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Pancakes (and My Peanut Butter Addiction Confession)

Peanut Butter Pancakes? Oh yes.

I have no idea what my deal is lately, but during the past few weeks, I have become completely addicted to peanut butter. I can not seem to get enough. I want peanut butter in and on everything. Well, maybe not everything. I suppose spooning a dollop of peanut butter onto my taco salad or chicken fried steak would not be as tasty. But bread and pancakes and cookies – bring it on. I am, of course, okay with you giving me a little chocolate with my peanut butter. But you probably already figured that one out.

Over Memorial Day weekend, my dad’s wife made a delicious Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting, which may have been one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. And I may have topped it with Homemade Butterfinger Ice Cream. Twice. (And yes I am a little sheepish to admit that.)  Remind me to get that cake recipe, because I think I need to adapt it and share it with you, don’t you think so?

Because I can’t come up with a better reason, I have decided that my peanut butter addiction is most likely because of all of the workouts I’ve been doing. Yes, walking and weight lifting make a person very hungry for peanut butter. I believe there is even some extensive research and scientific data to back up that statement.  As a matter of fact, I even found and read an article recently which stated:  Be sure to drink plenty of water…and eat lots and oodles and gobs of peanut butter after exercise!!!

Okay, not really.  Or if I did, I would surely have been the one writing it.

In all seriousness (if I can, in fact, write something in all seriousness), I truly do believe that the real reason I am loving peanut butter so much right now is because my body needs the extra protein to help me along in my fitness goals.  Jen, my trainer friend, agrees with me, and tells me that in fact, I do definitely need extra protein now. She’s the expert, which makes me feel better about my peanut butter consumption so that I know that I am not completely nuts. Get it – nuts? (Oh brother.)  Anyway, I am definitely eating plenty of protein in the form of good meat, eggs, and yes…peanut butter.

(Now, what excuse can I come up with to justify eating chocolate do you suppose? Jen, do you have anything for me on that one?? Please?)

I went into all of that simply to let you know why I created a Peanut Butter Pancake recipe. It sounded like a great way to add protein to our breakfast, so I gave it a try. And, it made it possible for me to feed my addiction first thing in the morning. Yay for me. :)

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter PancakesYum

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Pancakes (and My Peanut Butter Addiction Confession)
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (I use homemade creamy peanut butter)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and sea salt. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and peanut butter together, stirring so that it won't scorch.
  2. Pour melted butter and peanut butter, along with the milk and eggs into the flour mixture.
  3. Whisk until well mixed.
  4. Cook the pancakes on a buttered griddle or skillet, flipping halfway through cooking.
  5. Serve with real maple syrup or your favorite pancake topping.
  6. Makes about 20 three inch pancakes.

Peanut Butter Pancakes

Incredible with a glass of milk…

My apologies to all of you who have a peanut allergy and had an allergic reaction simply by reading this post that was so full of nutty information.

Are you a fan of peanut butter? Which do you like best, creamy or crunchy? Ever tried making homemade peanut butter? It is the best stuff ever!!!

Comments

  1. Pat says

    My favorite is crunchy! I have not tried to make homemade but it sounds like fun. :-) Thank you for sharing this recipe. It will definitely be on the menu soon!

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  2. JenJ says

    Would it be overboard to put PB on top of PB pancakes??? I made PB and almond butter following your steps, and oh my, I can’t get enough! Especially with fresh roasted nuts, and sometimes I add dark chocolate chips in the processor. Move over nutella! That stuff was awesome. I just may have to try these pancakes in the morning!

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    Laura Reply:

    Hey, if you ask me, there is NOTHING overboard about putting peanut butter on your peanut butter. ;)

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  3. Keely says

    These sound so yummy. My youngest daughter and I love peanut butter. She loves pancakes period. We have been eating your whole wheat banana pancakes for breakfast for almost 3 weeks now. They freeze great! These will give us a little change of taste but still in a favorite…pancakes. I super love your website and posts! and have tried several recipes. all recipes have been keepers!!

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  4. Chris says

    throw some chocolate chips into the mix and enjoy both addictions first thing in the morning! I just may have to give it a try.

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    Jessie Reply:

    I was looking to see if anyone else had that idea, I am running for mom of the year and I am thinking about chocolate chip peanut butter pancakes for dinner tonight!! Woo hoo!

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  5. kelly says

    we only make homemade now that we have a vitamix! smooth fans over here, warm too- just made is the best. =0)

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  6. Marsha_M says

    Mmmm, that sounds good and I’m not a pancake fan. I am a fan however of peanut butter cake at family reunions! My recipe is somewhere around here so I may have to dig it out. Was your peanut butter cake several thin layers with the yummy peanut icing in-between each layer???

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  7. Jaime G says

    I work out regularly too, and I crave peanut butter all the time. I wonder if the peanut farmers have caught on to this, and become huge advocates of exercise :)

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  8. Lyndsay says

    Oh. My. Word. I cannot wait to try this recipe! I have been eating a ton of peanut butter with this pregnancy (probably because most meats make me nauseous just to think about them). My little guy just asked me if I would make pancakes tomorrow for breakfast. I do believe they will be peanut butter!

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    Lyndsay Reply:

    Made these for my guys this morning, and they loved them with butter and strawberry preserves! They seem to take a little longer to cook than normal pancakes, but are worth the wait!

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  9. Crista says

    your site is awesome and your nuttiness is cool LOL…I have tried a few of your recipes and none have disappointed me yet. Will definitely try the pb pancakes, esp knowing that I can freeze them too. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

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  10. says

    Hey Laura, here is a PB use that my husband’s boss got him hooked on. Put a spoonful in your bowl of chili, not in the whole pot, but serve it as a topping along with the sour cream, shredded cheese and chopped onions. Whenever we have people over for chili, they think we’re joking until they try it. ;)

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  11. Kadee says

    The cake sounds divine! My daily afternoon snack is a sliced apple dipped in peanut butter. Carrot sticks dipped in peanut butter aren’t bad either. :)

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  12. Charlotte Moore says

    I must be the only one that is “not nuts” for peanut butter that is, HAHA!! I can eat a little, but can’t stand the thought of a lot of it in my mouth. I love peanut butter crackers as long as I only have a tiny bit on them. My husband says I only have enough to smell. My crew loves it on pancakes. I can’t even think of eating peanut butter pie or cake. Hey, I am not complaining. At least that is one thing I don’t crave. (-:

    Off the subject: If any of you have not made Laura’s Pasta Bake, it is wonderful. I make it and cut it in servings and freeze. I will be taking my son some when we go visit. I have to cook up a big pile to take him. We moms are like that you know.

    GOD BLESS!!!

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  13. Kara says

    I have the same craving when I’m dieting/exercising! I always thought it meant I needed more protein. Glad to know I’m not alone!

    Those pancakes look delish! Must try!

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  14. Sarah says

    Oh yummy! I just got some chocolate peanut butter from tropical traditions – it is delicious! I will have to try it in the pancakes, we put it on top and it is wonderful that way too.

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  15. Nicole B. says

    Actually it is a common misconception that you need more protein to build muscles. You actually need more minerals and vitamins and water and salt, but not more protein than normal. There is a lot of research out there. For some reason most trainers think more protein builds more muscles, but that is not true.
    Peanuts have a ton of nutrients, so you need those vitamins and minerals. Also, you could be pregnant.

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    Laura Reply:

    Ha! Definitely not pregnant. All I know is that my body is really craving protein even more than usual (although I always seem to need quite a bit of protein, usually in the form of beef!). :)

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    Dana Reply:

    When I was pregnant, I craved chicken fingers with peanut butter. For some reason, I was very brand specific – only Chick-fil-a chicken strips with Skippy pb would do. And it had to be hot. So, pregnancy and pb definitely go together in my mind.

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  16. Jennifer S. says

    My 14-month-old son would so totally agree with you, Laura. I think he would eat anything if I just put pb on it first. I have even in a pinch when I want him to wait just 15 more minutes for supper given him a little on a spoon. He just can’t get enough.

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  17. BUSY MOM IN AL says

    We love peanut butter in Alabama! God bless George Washington Carver! We have the National Peanut Festival in Dothan and the Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge.

    We stir in peanut butter in our oatmeal for breakfast! You should try that also – it is really good!

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  18. Ashley says

    My husband hikes A LOT and he LOVES eating peanut butter!! I like it to, but not as much as him LOL

    I always make buttermilk pancakes and put peanut butter on top for my little one! I’ll have to try this sometime!

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  19. Karen says

    We eat a similar peanut butter pancake! We top ours with a quart of strawberries usually on hand in the freezer from summer picking. Simmered till warm (I guess you could add a sprinkle of sucanat), and spooned on top makes warm peanut butter and jelly for any time of the day.

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  20. says

    We love peanut butter around our house, especially my almost 2 year old son! I think we just went through 5 pounds of peanut butter in just over a month! Good thing I can get natural peanut butter in bulk from Amazon for cheap!

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    Anitra Reply:

    Beth, what kind of peanut butter do you get from Amazon? A quick search on there doesn’t turn up anything natural that seems particularly cheap…

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    Chris Reply:

    What brand of peanut butter are you buy?

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    Beth @ Turn 2 the Simple Reply:

    I buy Sunland Natural Peanut Butter from Amazon in two 5 pound tubs.
    It is out of stock right now, but I’ve been paying $20 for the two
    5 pound tubs with subscribe and save.
    Here is the link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Sunland-Fashioned-Peanut-Natural-5-Pound/dp/B0028MQDY0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1338471843&sr=8-2

    Hope this helps!

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    Chris Reply:

    Thanks!

  21. Anitra says

    My husband and I LOOVE peanut butter (yes, especially with chocolate). Very happy that neither of my kiddos have shown any sensitivity/allergies to it – the four of us easily go through a pound a week – and that’s when I’m not using it to bake with! I only buy it with no added sugar (sometimes “natural” still has sugar in it, and one brand we like has a “regular” creamy PB with no sugar).

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  22. MiMi Santos says

    We put the peanut butter on the top of the pancakes, then they dont stick in the pan. With the left over pancakes, we spread peanut butter, sprinkle chocolate chips and roll them up, then roll them in wax paper, to take them with us to work. Tasty snack to give us a boost.

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  23. Kristi W. says

    Love the peanut butter pancake idea. We love peanut butter in our house too. In fact every morning for breakfast we eat a half a banana and peanut butter. If we’re out of bananas, then it’s a half an apple and peanut butter. We’re kind of peanut butter crazy.

    ANNNNDDD… I just made the yummiest peanut butter hot chocolate. It was an idea I had for a while, but my husband thought it was too strange so I never tried it until now on a night when he didn’t want any. I made one cup just for me. He tried it and didn’t want to give it up. I basically just made your hot chocolate recipe and added a Tbsp. or so of PB. You would obviously need to add more if you made the recipe for a whole family. I looked it up online and I’m apparently not the first one to come up with the idea, but this one is “whole foods”, not just hot chocolate with PB stirred in. Try it, you’ll love it! :)

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  24. Ja says

    Just wondering, do you use a nonstick skillet? I got rid of all my Teflon products years ago, and struggle to make pancakes. My children love them, but are so deprived.

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    Laura Reply:

    I use a well buttered electric skillet. Cast iron works great too.

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    Ashley Reply:

    I use a stainless steal frying pan! The way to do it is really butter
    the pan or use coconut oil and grease it! If any starts to stick (mine
    usually don’t) than add just a little bit more!

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  25. Rhoda says

    I love peanut butter but can’t eat it any longer due to allergies–but almond butter is just as good. We love it in anything you could put peanut butter. Even just by the spoonful. Keep the recipes coming!

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  26. Rachel says

    Hey, Laura,
    I attend a boot camp workout class at a health club. My instructor told us that the BEST protein drink after a workout is chocolate milk with a (heaping) spoonful of peanut butter. I use raw whole milk, a stevia/chocolate milk powder mix, and a gob of peanut butter and sometimes a banana. I dump it all in the blender to make my own post workout protein shake. The only downfall is sharing it with the kids who hear the blender and come running!

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  27. says

    Yummy! Made these for my family this morning and we are loving them! My 2 year old has scarfed down 2 and is asking for more! I added about 1/4 cup of honey to the batter so we could eat them without syrup too! Thanks for this great breakfast!

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  28. Karen Dee says

    I love creamy and chunky both. I alternate between them. I LOVE Marantha. Can’t get it here so have to wait till I get to a health store that carries it
    I just made a loaf od “Peanut Butter Bread”! Did yoiu have this recipe on here yet, Laura? It was yummy and made delicious toast. It’s a bread machine recipe. I can’t knead. Never could. Don’t have those magic hands! :(

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  29. Diane says

    Laura,

    I can give you a reason to eat chocolate. Dark chocolate is good for your heart. That should make you very happy!
    I will probably make these pancakes this weekend. I have several peanut butter fans at my house. (^_^)

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  30. Crystal Carroll says

    Laura,
    I also weight train, but have just began eating this way. I was on a high protein low fat diet, but have switched to raw milk, butter, and all the other good stuff you use. Could you share with me how you balance your calorie intake with the high fat food? I feel great, but am concerned I am taking in too many calories. I can’t tell you the joy I feel hearing that someone else is addicted to peanut butter! And that it is okay! THanks! And btw, we made these today (Sunday is pancake day at our house), and they were a total victory!!! Most of my homemade pancakes we just sort of edible. These were delicious!

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  31. Amanda says

    I am going to make these nourishing traditions style. I will replace the milk with buttermilk and soak the flour over night. Then I will mix everything else in. I made some strawberry jam that is a bit too thin, I think these will be great with that!

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  32. Miriam says

    Hey Laura,

    Thanks for sharing your recipe, but how would you go about adding more peanut butter? We thought it was tasty, but needed more peanut butter flavor. :)

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Go ahead and add more peanut butter. You shouldn’t need to adjust anything else.

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  33. Gwen B. says

    These required a bit of doctoring to be able to get down. We tried little changes and a little test pancake each change. First we added good quality pie spice to the batter. Then a 1/2 cup peanut butter. After that we added dark chocolate chips. We had to add 1/2 cup of Rapadura (unrefined organic cane). Then banana slices on top. In the end these are grain based and with all of the additions we’ll skip next time. I could serve cookies and banana splits next time and it might be the same thing, honestly. sorry. I’d recommend taking an almond flour pancake recipe we already like and warming a little peanut butter with maple for the topping. that’s all. Truly, thanks for the good idea. I do appreciate your effort and sharing. Sorry these weren’t our cup of tea.

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  34. Bonnie says

    I have 4 children 9,7, 4, 2. (3 boys, 1 girl)……… I am keeping this recipe b/c it is perfect to fill them up and not cost an arm and leg thanks for another yummy recipe!!!!!!!!!

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  35. Lisa says

    Yummy! We used crunchy peanut butter and cooked them in the waffle iron. Sliced bananas and a splash of natural maple syrup on top and my kids and I devoured them. Thank you!

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  36. Marcia says

    These are delicious!!! And filling!! Thanks for taking time out of your very busy schedule to share your recipes with us. Your blog is my go-to for cooking. As a fellow homeschool mom of four, I really appreciate all the work and effort you put into helping others. My family thanks you, too!

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  37. Sheila says

    Laura,
    What do you feed your peanut allergic kiddo when you make meals like this? We use almond butter for our kiddo but it is to expensive for the whole family to use and the rest of us prefer the peanut butter. Also, I don’t want to have to make 2 different meals. Just wondering. Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    Typically, I have regular pancakes or waffles already made in the freezer to warm up and feed him. :)

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  38. Morgan gibson says

    When you use whole wheat for the pancakes, do you sift it after you grind. I fresh grind my whole wheat but when i use it for pancakes they are to heavy. I was wondering what you do.
    Thanks

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t sift mine, but my Nutrimill grinds the flour very fine. It could be that you need to grind your flour a second or third time so it won’t be so course.

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  39. mrsquist says

    Ok this is probably totally in the wrong spot but all the talk of peanut butter just made this burst out. To feed that peanut butter addiction of yours Laura, try Peanut Butter Granola:
    10 cups old fashioned rolled oats
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 cup peanut butter
    1/3 cup butter or coconut oil
    3/4 cup coconut sugar (succanat would probably be ok too)
    1/3 cup water

    Combine oats and flour in a large bowl.
    Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan until melted and well blended (medium low heat so as not to scorch).
    Combine the two mixtures and stir well until blended.
    Place in a large pan (I use my roaster for both mixing and baking) in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.
    Stir and put back in oven for 15 minutes
    Stir and put back in oven for 15 minutes and when it comes out your done. Yup awesome peanut buttery goodness in 45 minutes (+ prep time). Only downside, for those who want to soak their oats, you’d have to do that first and then dehydrate before using in this recipe.

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    mrsquist Reply:

    Or…better than soaking, get whole oats…sprout ’em, dehydrate em, and roll em…Yeah, still waiting for Hubby to see the neccessity of a flaker. ;)

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  40. says

    Hi
    I just came across your website and the first recipe I saw was the peanut butter pancakes. We can’t have any nuts in our house due to my son who is allergic to all nuts. We use a product called Biscoff…the European alternative to peanut butter. I will be trying your recipe tonight using that.

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  41. says

    Oh man, I am going through a peanut butter phase right now. Although I don’t have the exercise excuse. I should probably work on that. :-/

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  42. Ali says

    Happy to find your site and this recipe. We are a tree nut free household, but my son can have peanut butter. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks.

    Alison

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  43. Sarah says

    I cored some large Fuji apples then sliced them and dipped them in the batter and cooked them that way. Amazing! Love this recipe. Thank you.

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  44. says

    This is the best recipe for peanut butter pancakes I’ve ever tasted. The texture is divine. I added a half cup of brown sugar, so that might have changed the consistency a little. I was concerned by the fact that the batter seemed so thin, but oh my goodness. This is fabulous.

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  45. Kathleen Sauro says

    I’m diabetic and I love pancakes. White flour drives my sugar way up, so I googled whole wheat pancakes with peanut butter (peanut butter for protein) and I came up to you sight. I split the recipe in half and I also used Cashew Milk. I don’t know if it was the consistency of the cashew milk, but the batter was very thick. I kept adding more milk until I got the desired thickness and wow, these pancakes are delicious and no sugar. The next time I’m going to add nuts. Different variations such as strawberry and blueberry home made syrup. Looking forward to experimenting. Thank you for your website.

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  46. Elysia says

    I bought your eBook 227 Healthy Snacks and have been loving all the great snack ideas! Just made this peanut butter pancake recipe for my 3 year old peanut butter obsessed little boy. They were a BIG hit for both him and me! I love them with sliced bananas on top! Thanks! :)

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