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5 Things You Never Knew About Maple Syrup

Take a family trip to see the sap running

Spring isn’t quite here yet but momstown has spring fever!

How about spending a fabulous day out at a local Maple Syrup Festival? Fresh air, nature, a mini science lesson and sugary treats? What’s not to love?

momstown Oakville takes an annual field trip to a nearby conservation area with a maple syrup history. When we’re lucky we get a sunny day, melting snow, happy kids and running sap.

5 things you never knew about Maple Syrup:

  1. It takes 40L of sap to make 1L of syrup (wow!)
  2. Maple syrup is ten million times better than sugar in coffee (seriously, you need to try it)
  3. Fresh maple taffy on snow is the best bribe ever (it’s a steal for a well behaved day)
  4. Picnicking on pancakes outside in the March sunshine does have a special appeal
  5. Sap flowing in high volumes is called a “run” (and you thought the word only applied to toddlers and marathoners!)

Test your kids with your new maple syrup trivia over a fantastic meal of yummy pancakes! Here’s a recipe to try along with your new syrup selection! It’s also a fun recipe to invite your junior chef  to help with too. 


Kid-Friendly Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1 cup large flaked rolled oats

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs beaten

2 ripe bananas mashed (about 3/4 cup)

3 tablespoons melted butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of oil or spray oil for cooking

Combine all wet and dry ingredients separately.  Once thoroughly mixed, combine wet and dry ingredients.
Cook until browned on each side (about 2-3 minutes per side). Serve with maple syrup!

You can play around with ingredients adding nuts or nut butters, chocolate chips... Enjoy!

Maple tips by momstown Oakville’s head mama, Kelly, who is a baking fiend and loves a good pancake recipe.

Here are more yummy recipes to include your new found love of maple syrup, in:

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup

Apple Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

Maple Glazed Salmon Recipe