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Superfoods for superheros



This past summer, my family and I had a great time at the movies seeing the funny, action packed adventures of “Ant Man and the Wasp.” I had a few unanswered questions about superheroes, so I talked to an authority on all things Marvel Comics, C.B. Cebulski, the new editor-in-chief.

Since I’m also a foodie, I wondered, What do Superheroes like to eat? Fortunately, C.B. has given a lot of thought to my question.


Scott Lang, aka Ant Man, and his daughter Cassie have a close, playful bond. C.B. thought that pancakes would be the perfect super food for them. Ants and wasps love sugar, and wasps are attracted to fallen apples. I included those ingredients in my recipe for Ant Man’s Applesauce Pancakes with The Wasp’s Stinger Syrup, a breakfast that both big and little superheroes are sure to enjoy!


2 cups flour, all-purpose or
whole-wheat white
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons light brown
2 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk, plus more as
2 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce

1. Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Make a “well” or a hole in the center. Add eggs, milk, oil and applesauce to the depression in the center of the flour mixture. Stir with whisk or fork until combined. If the mixture seems too thick, add a little more milk until thinned out enough.

2. Pour 1/4 cup onto a heated griddle or large, heavy skillet. When bubbles form on the pancake, flip over and cook other side until golden brown. Serve with The Wasp Stinger Syrup recipe below. Makes about 2 dozen pancakes.


The warm spices in this recipe add a little “sting” that keeps the syrup from being overly sweet while enhancing the cinnamon flavor.

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup water

1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugars, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and water. Bring mixture to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring often. Continue to boil and stir until mixture thickens to syrup consistency.

2. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before serving. Pour syrup over applesauce pancake. Serve immediately.

©2018 King Features Synd. and Angela Shelf Medearis

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