Pancakes are a fun way to start the day, but most recipes contain sugar and refined flour that you don’t want your baby to eat. These baby-led weaning pancakes feature whole grain oats and eggs. They are a perfect no-sugar pancake for anyone with a baby or toddler!
However, these pancakes aren’t just for kids – they are perfect for anyone in the family. And if you have any leftovers, don’t worry–they freeze well too!
Disclaimer: As always check with your personal healthcare provider (Pediatrician or Registered Dietitian) to see if baby-led weaning is appropriate for your baby.
Baby Led Weaning Pancakes with Oats
This baby-led weaning pancakes recipe is made from scratch and includes no sugar. It’s perfect for babies, toddlers, and the whole family! Baby Led Weaning Pancakes with Oats are healthy pancakes that work well for baby-led weaning. For older toddlers and adults, they are great topped with peanut butter or pure maple syrup too.
When Can Babies Eat Pancakes?
Many babies start baby-led weaning at 6 months old or later once they meet the recommended signs of readiness. These pancakes contain no added sugar and could be given to a baby once they start baby-led weaning.
Personally, I started giving my babies these pancakes around 10 months old. Initially, I like to focus on high iron foods (egg yolk, etc) and soft steamed veggies. However, this is simply because I am aiming to maximize nutrient intake as babies’ iron stores start to drop. If you are giving pancakes to a younger baby, it is recommended to cut them into small finger-like strips.
By the way, be sure to check out my other favorite baby-led weaning breakfast ideas for your little one.
Reasons to Love These Baby Banana Pancakes
- They are healthy pancakes that work well for baby led weaning.
- Kids and the whole family can enjoy these baby banana pancakes because they’re made from scratch with no sugar!
- You don’t have to worry about adding more sugar after you make these baby banana pancakes.
- This is a recipe that works well for meal prep – either make a batch to keep in the fridge for the week or freeze them in large batches for later.
Ingredients for Oat Pancakes for Baby
Here are the ingredients for baby-led weaning pancakes:
- Oats – We use whole oats in this recipe. They blend well in the food processor or high-speed blender when mixing the recipe into an out flour consistency.
- Bananas – Bananas are used to naturally sweeten and help to bind together the pancakes.
- Eggs – Extra eggs make these baby-led weaning pancakes a high-protein breakfast.
- Milk – You can use whatever kind of milk that your family prefers – whole dairy milk, nut milk, and coconut milk all work well.
- Cinnamon and vanilla extract or other flavorings to taste.
Tips for making Baby Led Weaning Pancakes.
- Use ripe bananas. Ripe bananas are sweeter and softer both of which are better for pancakes consistency and flavor.
- You can make them small-sized for your baby or simply cut them into smaller pieces for little ones.
- If you have any leftovers, don’t worry–they freeze well too!
- Use a cast iron or nonstick pan or griddle to help prevent your pancakes from sticking!
How to Serve Your Baby Pancakes
You can serve these pancakes to your baby along with some sliced fruit or yogurt. You can top them with a thin layer of nut butter, applesauce, or yogurt as well. If you’re looking for other breakfast ideas for your baby – here are the breakfasts we serve over and over in house.
If you have a baby that is just starting to self-feed, then these pancakes are the perfect finger food for them. You can cut them into small finger-sized pieces or simply serve in small pancakes depending on your little one’s age and eating abilities.
Serving Pancakes to Older Toddlers
You can also serve these pancakes to your whole family – topped with maple syrup or another favorite topping for a delicious breakfast treat. I just reserve the maple syrup for my kids age 2 or older and only give it when they request. For example, my 3-year-old will not even always ask for maple syrup with his pancakes, but happily eats them with fruit only. When he does ask for maple syrup, I certainly give him a drizzle, but I don’t see any reason to add extra sugar unless it’s requested.
You may also like this banana oat pancake recipe, it’s the same ingredients, but more eggs so more protein! This version is simply a bit softer/fluffier which may lend itself better to babies, but my babies actually love both versions.
What Equipment Do You Need?
Cast Iron Skillet or Nonstick Griddle
I use this cast iron skillet pretty much exclusively these days. It’s a great quality piece and the cast-iron makes pancakes that don’t stick to it as they do with some other pans without a nonstick surface.
However, if you aren’t used to using cast iron (it does take some knowledge and practice,) a griddle or nonstick skillet can work as well. My husband loves to use an electric griddle for pancakes, bacon, and eggs.
I’ve made these pancakes in both my high-speed blender and my high-speed food processor. I use these kitchen appliances frequently and find that they do a great job of processing everything I need them to.
Freezing Baby Pancakes
If you want to make extra baby-led weaning pancakes, then freeze the extras in freezer bags. You can freeze them between parchment paper or simply freeze them flat on a baking sheet before transferring them to a bag (here are the silicone bags I love).
Stasher bags work great for storing meal-prepped food both in my fridge and freezer! I’ve tried several other brands of silicone storage bags, but these work best from my experience.
Baby Led Weaning Pancakes
- High Speed Blender (such as vitamix)
- 2 Cups Oats
- 4 Bananas
- 6 Eggs
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- Add all ingredients into high speed blender or food processor and blend on high until thoroughly mixed.
- Preheat a greased skillet or nonstick griddle on medium heat.
- Pour approx 1/4 cup batter into skillet per pancake and cook until small bubbles form. Flip and cook until golden brown.
Other Baby Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas
And if you are just getting started with baby-led weaning, don’t forget to check out my baby-led weaning gear guide which includes all of our favorite cups, bowls, plates, and more!