4 ingredient banana pancakes for babies and toddlers with no added sugar and sweetness made only from bananas! Perfect for baby-led weaning and toddlers alike. The whole family will love this easy baby pancake breakfast recipe made with simple ingredients!
I promised myself that in 2023 I’ll start sharing some of the recipes I frequently make for Sydney. The baby food world has LOTS of opinions, so I won’t delve into those or the “right” way to feed your baby (hint: there is no right way), but I love being able to share some of our hit baby food recipes with you Them.
The hardest part about feeding Sydney was finding recipes that are baby friendly and delicious too. Would my child eat Cheerios every day? Probably. But I’m happy to offer at least some homemade food like these baby pancakes.
But let’s face it, new parents and parents of young children don’t have time. Quick and easy baby food recipes are the only option. These Banana Baby Pancakes are no exception. Just 4 ingredients and a blender (although the blender is entirely optional). These are a consistently hit and honestly I often find myself eating some leftovers.
What you need for baby pancakes
- oatmeal – Buy store bought ones or grind in your blender (if you bought store bought you can avoid using your blender for this recipe).
- banana– very ripe banana for sweetness.
- egg – a great source of protein and allergens for your baby. If you are allergic or sensitive to eggs, you can substitute a flaxseed egg.
- milk – Regular whole milk, plant-based milk or even breast milk or formula can be used in this recipe.
- Optional: Cinnamon or other spices.
How to make baby pancakes
These banana pancakes are super easy to make in a blender or make them in a large bowl with store-bought oatmeal.
STEP 1: MIX OATS
Place your oatmeal in your blender and blend until it forms a flour. Alternatively, you can skip this step if you purchased store-bought oatmeal.
STEP 2: MAKE THE DOUGH
Add the banana, egg and milk to the oatmeal and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a blender and/or are using store-bought oatmeal, mash your banana with a potato masher or the back of a fork, then mix in the oatmeal, egg and milk, and other additions.
STEP 3: COOKING PANCAKES
Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add butter or coconut oil to the pan. Pour a small dollop of batter from the mixer or use a spoon to form mini pancakes (or full size for older kids or for slicing into finger foods).
Cook for 2-3 minutes or until all bubbles have burst. Turn pancakes with a spatula and cook for 1 more minute.
How to serve pancakes for babies and toddlers
How you serve these pancakes depends on the age of your baby or toddler.
For babies from 6-9 months: Serve as mini pancakes that they can easily grab and gnaw on. Perfect for parents doing baby-led weaning.
For babies 9-18 months: cut into small pieces that they can easily pick up to practice their pincer grip and fine motor skills. Ideal for helping babies practice with finger foods.
For toddlers from 18 months: Serve as mini or large pancakes and top with a choice of toppings. Let toddlers practice using utensils to cut their pancakes.
Baby pancake toppings
These baby banana pancakes make a great base for toppings and allergen testing. I’d go through different nut butters on top to expose Syd to different nuts, or even just butter or yogurt for a little more calcium. There really are no limits with these baby pancakes. Here are a few ideas:
- Peanut butter or other nut butter
- chia seeds and hemp seeds
- Fresh berries or fresh fruit (cut according to baby’s age)
- banana slices
- maple syrup (for older babies)
Prepare and store pancakes
These banana pancakes are easy to make ahead of time and store in the fridge or freezer.
You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
I recommend freezing in packs of 2 or 3 and you can microwave them for 20-30 seconds first thing in the morning. Simply wrap in aluminum foil and place packs in a Ziploc bag. Remove from aluminum foil before microwave.
frequently asked Questions
Can I make these with other types of flour? Yes, you probably need to adjust the amount of milk. Whole wheat flour should work, but add additional splashes of milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
What if my baby can’t have eggs? Replace the egg with a flaxseed egg by mixing 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Leave to rest for 5 minutes. Ground flax is also a great source of fiber!
Can I double or triple this recipe? Yes! I often double this recipe so I have plenty more to freeze.
What if my baby doesn’t like bananas? You can make a savory version of these baby pancakes by substituting 1/2 cup of mashed pumpkin for each banana. Add spices that your baby likes or that you want to try. Both banana and pumpkin are great sources of potassium.
Can I add spinach to these baby pancakes? Absolutely! I’m going to put a cup of spinach in the blender when I make these. Your child won’t taste it, but it’s an extra dose of vitamins and nutrients.
Banana Baby Pancakes
4 ingredient banana pancakes for babies and toddlers with no added sugar and sweetness made exclusively from bananas! Perfect for baby-led weaning and toddlers alike. The whole family will love this easy baby pancake breakfast recipe made with simple ingredients!
- Preparation time: 10 mins
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
- Total time: 30 minutes
- Method: Cook
- Diet: Gluten free
- 3/4 cup oatmeal (or oatmeal)
- 1 large very ripe banana
- 1 big egg
- 1/2 cup Whole milk/plant milk/breast milk
- Place your oatmeal in your blender and blend until it forms a flour. Alternatively, you can skip this step if you purchased store-bought oatmeal.
- Add the banana, egg and milk to the oatmeal and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a blender and/or are using store-bought oatmeal, mash your banana with a potato masher or the back of a fork, then mix in the oatmeal, egg, and milk.
- Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add butter or coconut oil to the pan. Pour a small dollop of batter from the mixer or use a spoon to form mini pancakes (or full size for older kids or for slicing into finger foods).
- Cook for 2-3 minutes or until all bubbles have burst. Turn pancakes with a spatula and cook for 1 more minute.
- See storage instructions above.
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