Baby Pancake Recipes
Here at BabyDam we have come up with a few ideas for simple baby pancake recipes. For babies about to start weaning, pancakes can be a really easy, tasty and nutritious option at any time of year.
So what is weaning and how best to start?
Baby-led Weaning is the process of introducing baby to solid foods alongside breast milk or formula and usually starts around 6 months of age or when you might start to notice baby is feeling full after her usual bottle. They should also have developed the necessary hand eye coordination to be able to pick up food and feed themselves.
Pancakes are a perfect option for babies providing easy finger food to try as a healthy breakfast treat. However the three main simple ingredients in the recipe are eggs, flour and milk. All three are common allergens. It makes sense to introduce them individually in tiny portions first before combining them into a pancake.
Healthy Banana Baby Pancake Recipe
As a first healthy pancake for baby this simple recipe is a real winner
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- Using a fork, mash the banana in a bowl until the consistency is fairly smooth and you can only see a few small lumps
- Combine the egg and flour with the banana in the bowl
- Heat a non stick frying pan over medium heat, add a little butter if needed.
- Pour about a tablespoon of batter into the frying pan and let it cook for 3-4 minutes until you can see the sides starting to become firm and the bottom of the pancake is golden brown.
- Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool slightly and serve.
Don’t forget these pancakes are only small. A 1 inch pancake is an ideal finger food for baby.
Add fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries, raspberries or even softly cooked sticks of apple and pear to make interesting faces or shapes.
Tip: pick a ripe banana. If you can see one with just a few brown spots appearing it will be sweeter than a bright yellow or green one.
Remember that these pancakes do not contain any added preservative and therefore they will only store in an airtight container for one or two days. They are freezable however and should last around three months from the date of freezing. Be sure to store them in a container with the freezing date clearly indicated. To reheat, gently heat in the microwave or toaster.
Try these Simple Pancake Recipes for older babies or toddlers:
For Dairy and Wheat Free Pancakes substitute flour for a gluten free variety and milk for almond milk in this simple recipe.
- 100g flour
- 2 Medium Egg, beaten
- 300ml milk
- Melted Butter for frying
- 100g raspberries
- 100g strawberries
- Add the flour to a bowl.
- Whisk the egg and milk in a separate jug and slowly pour the mixture into the flour combining until you have a smooth batter.
- Preheat your non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Melt the butter and pour the pancake batter slowly into the pan to give a convenient size. When the pancakes are a golden brown flip over and cook the other side. Keep the pancakes warm whilst you cook the next batch.
- To serve add the raspberries and strawberries. Don’t forget that Baby will not need any extra sugar. The fruit will add lovely sweetness.
You can use a cookie cutter cut the pancakes into baby friendly shapes (we like these from Hobbycraft…..Wilton Baby Shower Theme Cookie Cutter Set 4 Pieces | Hobbycraft )
Baby will love eating the shapes with her fingers and also picking up the strawberries and raspberries.
You could even add some pureed apple or pear and make small pancake sandwiches or experiment with bits of fruit such as blueberries and kiwi to make interesting faces or everyday shapes from the pancakes!!
Any leftovers can be easily stored in an air-tight container for a day or so.
Don’t forget – sweet pancakes are not the only option. Savoury pancakes can be great to introduce baby to different flavours. How about experimenting with savoury toppings such as mashed sweet potato or soft cooked carrot sticks?