I've had this idea kicking around for a while, but today was the day to give it a shot. Here's what I did:
1 batch pancake batter (I used the Vegan with a Vengeance recipe using whole wheat flour)
2 cups strawberries, trimmed and chopped
1/2 cup blueberries
1 banana, sliced
Optional: agave nectar, maple syrup, cinnamon, chopped walnuts or pecans
Prepare the pancake batter as directed by the recipe, and spray a large, non-stick pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan, cover and cook over medium-low heat until cooked mostly through. At that point, spray another large pan with cooking spray, then quickly flip the pancake into the second pan. Continue cooking over low heat until completely cooked.
Note: All my cookware is stainless steel, except for one non-stick pan I use only for pancakes. This large of a pancake is far from flippable, so I just cooked it slowly over really low heat. Covering seemed to speed up the process of cooking the top and middle. You may need to turn the heat down as you go, and you can use a spatula to gently scrape around the pan to prevent the edges from sticking. If you're really coordinated, you could probably flip it in the same pan, but if you're like me (prone to breaking things), flipping into a new pan is definitely easier. The whole process is definitely more of an art than a science, so just watch it carefully and you'll be able to tell when it's done.
While the pancake is cooking, prepare the strawberry puree by placing 1 cup of the chopped strawberries into a blender or food processor with the dates until well combined. If you prefer, you can skip this step and use strawberry preserves instead.
Flip the pancake on a large plate or pizza pan, then spread the strawberry puree on top. Top with the chopped fruit (let the kiddos to it - Little Sprout had a blast putting together ours). If desired, drizzle with agave nectar or maple syrup, sprinkle with cinnamon or top with chopped nuts.
Big Sprout - 5 sprouts
Little Sprout - 5 sprouts
Mama Sprout - 4.5 sprouts
Daddy Sprout - 4.5 sprouts