Banana Pancakes for Babies

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How to make easy pancakes for babies (and toddlers) with only five ingredients: oats, egg, banana, cinnamon and milk. Just blend, cook and serve!

I’m back with another baby food post for ya!

You all love seeing what I feed Olivia, and I love sharing it! It’s been so fun to have her try new foods and become a little foodie.

Baby plate with mini pancakes, raspberries and banana.

If you are just starting your baby food journey, here’s how I’ve been approaching introducing solids!

When you’re ready to dive in, be sure to check out these baby food combos and my baby oatmeal recipe for Liv.

Stack of small pancakes. Banana and oats in the background.

A lot of people recommend pancakes as an early food for babies, especially when doing baby led weaning.

I tried the two ingredient pancakes (ones with just egg and banana) early on and she didn’t love them, but I starting making her these about a month ago and she’s obsessed. I think she likes the bread-y texture of these more!

These pancakes have quickly become her favorite and most requested food! She signs for them as soon as she wakes up. Girl knows what she wants!

I’m calling these baby pancakes, but they’re adult-friendly and quite similar to my cottage cheese pancakes. Whenever I make them for Liv I always snack on a few because they’re actually really good!

Banana Oatmeal Pancake Ingredients

You only need five simple ingredients for these pancakes.

  • oats – rolled old fashioned oats are the base of this recipe. Once blended, the oats turn into oat flour! I like using Bob’s Red Mill organic rolled oats, but quick oats will work as well.
  • banana – the banana gives the pancakes a nice sweetness and a nice texture. Other fruits and veggies could likely be used, but I’ve only tested the recipe with banana.
  • egg – the egg adds protein, healthy fats and makes the pancakes fluff up a bit.
  • cinnamon – I love adding a bit of warm spice to the pancakes, but this is totally optional.
  • milk – I use unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk, but you could use any dairy-free milk, cow’s milk or breast milk.
Side by side photos of a blender with ingredients to make banana pancakes before and after being blended.

How to Make Pancakes for Babies

I love how easy these small pancakes are to whip up and how well they store! One batch makes a lot of pancakes, which is great for weekly meal prep. I love having leftover pancakes in the fridge so I can simply warm them up a tiny bit and feed them to Olivia as soon as she wakes up. Here’s how to make them:

Blend: Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour batter onto a warm, greased skillet. I did about 1 Tablespoon of batter for each pancake to keep them small.

Cook: Cook until the batter starts to form little bubbles and you can easily get under the pancake with a spatula. Flip pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until pancake is cooked through.

If the batter thickens too much as you’re cooking the pancakes, simply add a splash of milk to thin it out a bit.

Stack of small pancakes. Banana and oats in the background.

How to Serve Pancakes to Babies/Toddlers

This is obviously up to your comfort level as a parent, the age of your baby and their chewing ability! Here are some options:

  • Give the baby the pancakes whole and let them take bites off
  • Cut the pancakes into strips so that the baby can grab and eat
  • Rip into small bite-sized pieces

It’s easier for younger babies to grab larger pieces of food so keeping the pancakes whole or cutting them into strips will likely work better. As they get older and develop their pincer grasp you can try smaller pieces to help them practice grabbing smaller objects.

You can serve these pancakes plain, topped with a little nut butter or yogurt or even with a fruit puree or chia jam for dipping. Kiddos love to dip!

Baby plate with mini pancakes, raspberries and banana.

How to Make These Pancakes Ahead of Time

Like I mentioned earlier, these are the perfect recipe to prep ahead of time! Follow the recipe as directed and then let the pancakes cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to a month.

The pancakes tend to get hard as they sit in the fridge so when your baby is ready to enjoy you can quickly pop them up in the toaster oven or microwave to warm and soften.

Stack of small pancakes. Banana and oats in the background.

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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes for Babies

How to make easy pancakes for babies (and toddlers) with only five ingredients: oats, egg, banana, cinnamon and milk. Just blend, cook and serve!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 15 mini pancakes

Ingredients  

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats, quick oats will also work
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk, any type of milk will work

Instructions 

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour batter onto a warm, greased skillet. I did about 1 Tablespoon of batter for each pancake to keep them small. 
  • Cook until the batter starts to form little bubbles and you can easily get under the pancake with a spatula. Flip pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until pancake is cooked through.
  • Serve whole or break into pieces for tiny hands. You can serve these plain, with a little nut butter or yogurt spread on top or with a fruit puree to dip the pancakes in.  
  • Cool the pancakes completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to a month. 

Video

Notes

  • Batter thickness: If the batter thickens too much as you’re cooking the pancakes, add a splash of milk to thin. 

Nutrition

Serving: 3mini pancakes | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 23mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby pancakes
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182 Comments

  1. 1 star
    I have tried to make these probably 10 times in the last two days and I cannot figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’m cooking them on the lowest setting following the recipe to a T And somehow they’re still burning on the outside before they can cook on the inside. ending up with super mushy pancakes. Even when I make the paper thin and small. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG

    1. Hi Katie! I am so sorry these aren’t turning out for you. What type of oats are you using?

  2. I followed the recipe exactly, I just added the tiniest bit of vanilla and they were PERFECT! My 12 month old loved them plain or dipped in yogurt 😊

    1. Hi Lindsey! This is so great to hear. I am glad your little one is loving these pancakes and they turned out amazing for you. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  3. I tried this recipe and I got pretty pancakes BUT they feel also squishy/not done in the middle. I don’t want to give these to my baby. I even added extra milk to thin out my batter. I think blending the oats with everything is the problem-should probably blend the oats, and then combine everything outside of the blender like a normal pancake batter.

    1. Hi Rachael – I am so sorry these turned out a bit underdone for you. Was the batter super wet? Were they unable to be cooked any longer? You want to make sure you are cooking them low and slow in the pan so the middle has enough time to cook through.

  4. Hi! I accidentally bought quick oats instead of old fashioned rolled oats, can I still use in the recipe?

  5. 5 stars
    I added chia and subbed Greek yogurt for the milk, with a touch of honey and baking powder for my 18 month old. (he likes fluffy pancakes), and it was a hit! Even I was gobbling them up.

    1. YAY! This makes me so happy to hear, Sarah. I am so glad you found this recipe and it turned out great for you. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

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