Healthy Writers Series: Superhero Pancake

By guest blogger Tricia Superhero-Sutton

This pancake is so packed with good stuff, it will give you super powers.

I use all organic ingredients. What you might think is more expensive buying organic is really cheaper in the long run by not buying ready-made pancake mix. So here goes. (All measurements are approximate.)

Basic recipe

1 cup whole-wheat flour
Some wheat germ and flax seed
1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg
1 cup of brewed tea (either green tea or rose hips or whatever floats your boat)
2 tablespoons of your favorite yogurt

  1. Add milk until thin or desired consistency.
  2. After cooked, top with peanut butter and honey
  3. For extra super powers, add fruit and nuts or some other *creative ingredients.

*There’s another version called The Hercules Supreme Pancake that my dad makes but it involves sardines and plum jelly and we don’t talk about that one.

If, however, you would like your pancake to have superpowers here is how to do it: Tell it the Norwegian folktale of “The Pancake.” You remember it. The pancake came to life right in the pan—due to an ingredient switch of milk from sick, diseased cows to milk from grass fed cows raised on Smart Water.

Here’s what happens after the hungry children have all begged their mother for bites of pancake…

Yes, children, wait a bit until it turns itself,” she answered — she ought to have said “until I turn it” — “and then you shall all have pancakes, beautiful pancakes, made of new milk — only look how thick and happy it lies there.”

When the pancake heard this, it got frightened and all of a sudden, it turned itself and wanted to get out of the pan, but it fell down again on its other side, and when it had been fried a little on that side too, it felt a little stronger in the back, jumped out on the floor, and rolled away, like a wheel, right through the door and down the road.

When it had rolled a time, it met a man.“Good day, pancake!” said the man. “Well met, Manny Panny,” said the pancake.

And here is my favorite part: “Dear pancake,” said the man, “don’t roll so fast, but wait a bit and let me eat you.” Telling the story to my pancakes, I’ve changed the wording, adding “up” at the end of that sentence. It’s important to add your own personal touches.

(For those of you not “in the know” it does not end well for the pancake.)


Pictured is Tricia Sutton in her writing jacket—it’s called a robe in some parts—and one of her distractions, Spanky. She’s re-written the beginning of her novel over a hundred times, using at least 99 of the listed 100 Worst Novel Beginnings. By the time she’s finished, they’ll need to expand the list. To see what she’s been doing during The Great Novel-Writing Coma of 2009/10 (and the first month of 2011), visit her publication page.

9 Responses to Healthy Writers Series: Superhero Pancake
  1. Lois
    March 21, 2011 | 9:10 AM

    I’ve never read such an entertaining recipe before! 😀 I’ll have to try it out just so I can see what happens when I tell the story to it. 😉 I’m looking for easy, healthy recipes, and this looks like it would be a great weekend breakfast. Thanks! 😀

    • Tricia
      Twitter: Tricia_Sutton
      March 21, 2011 | 1:46 PM

      Lois~I can’t wait to hear about your experience. If your pancake grows fangs, you’ll know you told the wrong story. Good luck.

      • Lois
        March 21, 2011 | 2:30 PM

        Hahaha! Unless I get the feisty one that doesn’t want to be eaten. It might be a rebel pancake. 😉

  2. j
    March 21, 2011 | 10:06 AM

    My eyes are hardly open, and I’ll be lucky to pour the coffee (that I had the foresight to put on timed brew). And still… I want a pancake…

    • Tricia
      Twitter: Tricia_Sutton
      March 21, 2011 | 1:48 PM

      J~I’d make you the pancake if you were at my house. They are as good as they are entertaining.

  3. fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    March 21, 2011 | 12:08 PM

    These pancakes sound delicious and there’s so many ways you could make them by adding embellishments (but *shudder* I agree, the sardines and plum jelly version should remain unwritten).

    The idea of writing my own pancake story is just too fun not to try! The picture book pancake looks way happier than the tragi-comedy I’m visualizing—but, hey, if I work in something about how I hated smiley faces as a teenager because a family member scrawled them on everything like an emotional Bandaid, I think I’ve got a theme emerging that could even write some demons out of my childhood at the same time.

    Ooo, pancake therapy. I love it! 😉

    ~ Milli

  4. Tricia
    Twitter: Tricia_Sutton
    March 21, 2011 | 1:51 PM

    Milli~I love how you ended with a smiley face to drive your point. My last pancake had a panda face. I almost couldn’t eat it.

  5. purplekangaroos
    March 21, 2011 | 2:11 PM

    We used to eat pancakes all the time! Your recipe sounds delicious and I’m going to make it soon. I especially like this part: “…due to an ingredient switch of milk from sick, diseased cows to milk from grass fed cows raised on Smart Water.”

    I checked out the whole story and this is what I have to say about the ending. I thought about serving your pancakes with bacon, but I don’t know if saying that in public will make the meat police come after me, even though I try only to eat that kind coming from healthy local farm raised, grass fed animals. 🙂

    Thanks for the delightful post and recipe!

    • Tricia
      Twitter: Tricia_Sutton
      March 21, 2011 | 5:50 PM

      Purplekangaroo~If you use that kind of bacon you risk an alliance between it and the pancake. Do so at your own risk.

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