These pancakes are easy to make, freeze well and make a great first finger food when you’re starting solids. My son Lincoln is two and a half now and I still make these for him. It gives him a full serving of fruit, protein, and some fiber as well. Don’t be fooled though, you can make these for yourself too!
What You’ll Need to Make It
It couldn’t be easier with three ingredients.
- One banana
- Two to three tablespoons of whole wheat flour
- One egg
How to Make
All you need is a mixing bowl and a pan with a little cooking spray. Add all the ingredients to the bowl and mix well. I start with two tablespoons of flour and depending on the size of the banana I’ll add the third. You can leave the banana a bit lumpy or puree it further with a blender/immersion blender to make it completely smooth.
Using different flours
Personally, I make these with whole wheat flour but you can easily substitute a flour that works for you. You may need to adjust the amount so add in one tablespoon at a time and mix until you get a pancake batter consistency. Not too runny, not too thick.
Using different produce
These baby pancakes are so versatile. When my son was a bit constipated, I subbed in 2-3 oz of pureed prunes. You can also use a full baby puree pouch with whatever fruit/veggie was in it. Go savory and sub in a small mashed potato or sweet potato. The options are endless.
For my son I usually serve them as is or sometimes drizzle some peanut butter on top for extra quality fat. If you’re making them for yourself, as an adult you’ll likely need a bit more substance to fill your appetite. Try pairing it with peanut butter, a side of yogurt, scrambled eggs or additional fresh fruit.
Can Your Freeze It?
Yes, you can freeze them! It’s really easy to make a bunch at once so you can have a balance breakfast ready to heat up from your freezer. I freeze them with a piece of parchment paper in between each pancake. This helps prevent them from sticking to each other.
You can heat them up gently in the microwave or in the toaster. However, depending on how small they are you may need wooden tongs to get them out of the toaster.
When Can You Give These to Baby?
The general recommendation is for babies to wait until at least six months and show other signs of readiness. When I started feeding my son I was nervous to do the growing baby led weaning methods. I quickly realized there are tons of ways to balance in purees, pouches, baby led weaning foods and truly they all work fine. However, if you’d like to explore baby led weaning I highly recommend Feeding Littles.
I will add that these are great for introducing an early allergen (eggs) and they’re incredibly soft. Talk with a feeding specialist, pediatric dietitian or your pediatrician about different ways to feed your baby.
Are they Good For Toddlers?
Absolutely! One of my fastest, on-the-spot breakfasts that gives my son a full balanced meal. Toddlers, at least mine, can become more particular about food as they get older. These pancakes are always a hit and I love knowing he gets protein, fiber, and fruit from them.
Additional Add-Ins or Toppings
- Hemp hearts
- Chia seeds
- Peanut butter
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts (older kids)
- Cocoa powder
- Lemon or lime zest
Three Ingredient Baby Banana Pancakes
- Frying pan or skillet
- 1 Egg
- 1 Banana mashed
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour may need 3 depending on size of banana
- Mix all ingredients together to desired pancake consistency.
- Over medium to low heat, gently pour about 1 tbsp of batter onto the pan.
- Allow to cook fully before flipping to the other side.
- Enjoy hot or allow to cool and freeze for later.
- Swap out the banana for other fruits such as pureed prunes, peaches, pears or fruit puree from a baby pouch
- Go savory and use mashed potato or sweet potato instead
- Try an optional add-in or topping such as hemp hearts or peanut butter to boost the quality fat intake
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