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!

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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.

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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. 

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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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150 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made these for the family and all three kiddos liked them! We did double the recipe for our family of 5. Thanks for the great recipe for our 10 month old and all of us!

    1. Ahh yay!! So glad these pancakes were a hit! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it, Louise.

      1. 5 stars
        Love the simplicity of the ingredients! Our children loved them. Can’t wait to make them for the entire family next time. Thanks for another great recipe Brittany!

  2. Can’t wait to try these! However, my 10-month-old can’t eat eggs (triggers her eczema). Can you recommend an egg substitute? TIA.
    (PS I just made your date-based brownie energy balls and they are delicious!).

    1. Possibly flax eggs? I haven’t tried an egg substitute so I’m not 100% sure how they’d turn out, but let me know if you try it!

      1. Thanks! I ended up using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free egg replacer (my first time trying it). The pancakes turned out great! New family favourite.

        1. Yay! I’m so glad these pancakes were a hit, Flo! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made these and everyone loved them (kids and parents)!! I doubled the recipe and did 1/4 milk and 1/4 yogurt and no problems with the switch. Will definitely make again!!!

    1. Yay! This is so wonderful! I’m glad these pancakes are a hit, Nicole! Thanks for the review 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing! We love them! This is all I need, healthy food I don’t have to persuade my preschooler to eat! What a hit!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these for my girls for breakfast this morning and they were a huge hit!! The bitty pancakes made them so much fun to eat and as always, the ingredients are spot on for a nutritious and filling start to our day. Thanks!

    1. Ahhh!! This makes me so happy to hear, Erica! So glad your girls loved them! Thank you for coming back to leave a comment as well!

  6. 5 stars
    Every recipe I have made from this blog turns out absolutely perfect. Such great recipes! Easy to follow and wonderful results- new favorite blog.

  7. 5 stars
    Holy crow I never write reviews but my baby is currently double fisting these pancakes!! He loves them!

    I added a little cinnamon and vanilla cause I know baby loves them. We also used gluten free oats cause I’m celiac and that’s what we have in our pantry.

    Half topped with a thin layer of peanut butter and half topped with homemade yogurt.

    Eek! I have to go cause he ate them all and he wants more!

    1. Woo!! I love hearing this, Richelle! I’m so pumped he enjoyed these pancakes! Thanks for the review. It means the world to me 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    My 11 month old is obsessed with these pancakes. She cannot get enough! Hands down, her favorite food by far. Added bonus for me, these pancakes are a breeze to make!

    1. Woo!! I’m so glad your little one has been enjoying these pancakes, Christine!! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

  9. I made these this morning, please why were they flat? But other than that lovely texture.

      1. Well the bananas were really small so I put 2 pieces cos and egg was on the large side. And I think I put more than a splash of milk when I thought it was too thick 😥

  10. Any recommendations for substitutes for a baby that is allergic to banana, eggs, almond and potentially seeds (amongst several other allergies)? Having a hard time finding a pancake recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    My son and I love these pancakes. He’s 4 now and I’ve been making them over the last couple of months for my son, as well as, my nieces and nephews and they all LOVE the pancakes. I added some vanilla to the original recipe and it’s delicious!

    1. Woo!! So pumped this recipe has been a hit, Monica! Thanks for trying out and coming back to leave a review and star rating. It means the world to me!

  12. 5 stars
    This was good. I followed everyone’s change and only added 2 tsp. of baking powder and a dash of salt. Also 1 tsp of vanilla and some cinnamon. Good easy recipe.

    1. Yay!! So pumped to hear these pancakes were a hit, Cari! Thanks for the review + star rating. It means so much to me!

  13. 4 stars
    Is ot normal that the pancakes are a bit squishy in the middle? I get nervous when there’s raw eggs so I’ve been cooking them for a really long time but they don’t firm. I’m assuming it’s the banana but I just wanted to double check that it’s normal and the egg is cooked they’re just a bit squishy in the middles.

  14. 5 stars
    So happy I made these My son loved them I added a couple wild blueberries into the batter also thanks for the recipe

    1. Yay!! So happy to hear this, Raven. Love the addition of the blueberries! Thanks so much for the review :).

  15. Quick question. Should the consistency be doughy like inside? That’s how mine came out, when I cooked them they didn’t get the bubbles to flip either. Thanks!

    1. I added about 1/4 c of flour and 1 tsp of baking powder to the recipe and then added milk until it was the consistency of pancake batter. I find with only oats my middles are still kind of goey. Tried cooking them longer but I guess the oats are just thicker than the normal pancakes im used to. Kids loved them both ways though. The flour and baking powder just gave them a texture more comparable to regular pancakes.

  16. 5 stars
    Great recipe, made them for my fussy 9 month old that only wants toast for breakfast and who also hates every single fruit.
    He ate them so it’s a success! Hopefully next time I can try add some blueberries or raspberries and see if he will actually get some fruit into him!

  17. 2 stars
    How are these working for people? I followed the recipe and cooked them for almost 10 minutes on each side and it’s still wet in the middle?

  18. 1 star
    Took FOREVER to cook and stayed wet and soggy. Wish I would have scrolled all the way to reviews before making them.

    1. Woo! I’m so glad to hear that, Deanna! Thanks for coming back to leave a review and star rating! I appreciate it so much!

  19. 5 stars
    My favorite go-to baby/toddler pancake recipe! So easy to throw together and clean up! Taste is great and love that there’s no added sugar! Thank you!!

    1. Yay! I’m so glad to hear this recipe is a hit, Liz. Thanks for making them and leaving a review, I really appreciate it!

  20. Hi,
    I followed the recipe but they seem a little soggy inside is the texture suppose to be like that? Is it because of the banana? As I made more I left them longer to cook and still a little soggy. What should the heat be on?

    1. Hi, Marianela. Perhaps the pan wasn’t hot enough? Every burner will be a little different but I recommend trying medium heat and adjusting from there. Let me know how it works out for you!

    1. Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that, Chrissy. Maybe your skillet wasn’t hot enough? Let me know if you try again.

    1. Yay! I’m so glad these pancakes worked out for you, Mir. Glad to hear swapping oats for oat flour worked out. Thanks for coming back to leave a review, I apprciate it.

    1. Yay! I’m so happy to hear these pancakes were a success for you, Carey. Thank you so much for sharing your review, I appreciate it 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    I tried so many recipes that just did not work, and these turned out perfectly! I made a huge batch today, and am excited for my LO to try them this week! Thank you so much for such a great recipe 🙂

    1. Yay! I’m so glad these pancakes were a success for you, Talia. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Oh no! I’m sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work for you, Evelyn. Did you change anything about the recipe?

  22. 5 stars
    I make these any time I have enough bananas, they are delicious and have a great texture even though there is no baking powder. I’ve found letting the batter sit a few minutes also helps them to fluff up a little more, I also usually add a bit of vanilla . Perfect easy breakfast for my son

    1. Yay! So glad these pancakes are a hit for you, Lydia! Thank you so much for sharing your review, I appreciate it so much.

  23. Is there a way to make these eggless? Is there a substitute you use that might work? My little one is allergic. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Lauren! Possibly flax eggs? I haven’t tried an egg substitute so I’m not 100% sure how they’d turn out, but let me know if you try it! Another person who made them shared that they used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free egg replacer and they turned out well for her, so that might be another good option for you!

    1. Hi Mila – oh no! They’re not typically supposed to be mushy and wet. Were the bananas overripe, maybe? They might also need to be cooked a little longer. Let me know if you try this recipe again and how it goes!

  24. Made these this morning. Quick and easy. I found the first pancake didn’t bubble but the longer the mixture sat, the better the result. I think I’d let the mixture sit for 5-10 next time before cooking.

    1. Great tip, Elle! Glad you found them to be quick and easy. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment!

  25. 5 stars
    Just made these for my 7 month old and he absolutely loved it! Very yummy and quick recipe!
    I just came across this website and love it, I’ve saved many recipes to try, yum!

    1. I love to hear that, Indyanna! Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment and review, I truly appreciate it!

  26. 5 stars
    Delicious! Just made these with my 3 year old son. Easy to make and came out perfect. Literally the fastest, healthiest and yummiest pancakes. Not only for kids! I added little baking powder, as well but didn’t see much difference.

    1. Yay! So glad everyone enjoyed it, Melissa! Thank you for leaving me a comment and review as well, I appreciate it!

  27. 5 stars
    Just made these for my 6 month old and they were a hit! He loved them! And so did the dog who wouldn’t stop begging for bites! Love that the recipe has no added sugar. I replaced the oats with oats flour and they were perfect!

    1. Hi Anandika, this is so great! I’m glad this was a hit. Thank you for leaving me a comment and review as well, I appreciate it!

  28. 3 stars
    Tasty, but not ideal if your baby is still learning how to handle anything that’s gummy, the insides weren’t a great texture no matter if I lowered the heat to cook slowly or made it higher. I think the recipe may benefit from some baking powder!

    1. Hi Kelsea, I am sorry to her that this recipe did not turn out the way you had hoped. Did you happen to change any other aspect of the recipe?

    1. Aw yay! I am so happy that this recipe was a hit, Jessi! Thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it.

    1. Yay! So glad your babe loved these pancakes! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it.

  29. 5 stars
    I’ve never reviewed a recipe before, but this recipe deserves all the stars. My baby hasn’t had ANY interest in food until I made these pancakes. This is going to become a breakfast staple for us. Thank you!

    1. Ahh yay!! This makes me so happy to hear. So glad your baby loved these pancakes. Thanks for making them and for the review. I appreciate it.

  30. Hi, thank God for your recipe! It’s so easy to make and my baby like it.how do you serve baby when the pancakes are stored in fridge? Do we need to warm up in oven or just served cold?

    1. That’s totally up to you and your baby’s preference if they prefer cold or warm. You can serve them cold or heat them up in a toaster oven, microwave or oven.

    1. Hi Patricia – I have not tried this recipe with almond flour, but it should work just fine. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it works out for you. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Hope – I have not tried saving the leftover batter in the refrigerator, but I have made all of the pancakes and stored them in the fridge and reheated them when ready to eat. I find that is the best way to do it. Just make sure they are completely cool and store in an airtight container. When ready to reheat you can pop them in the toaster oven or microwave to warm. Hope you enjoy these!

    1. I have not tested this recipe with oat flour, but a few other followers have and they said it worked out great. I would probably use the same amount as well. If you give this recipe a try with the oat flour, I’d love to hear how they turn out for you! Enjoy!

  31. 5 stars
    I’m not sure why but these recipes have never worked out for me in the past. This one was awesome! I used oat flour and added 1/2 tsp of baking powder and a handful of spinach leaves. Baby loved them!

    1. Aw yay! I am so glad that this recipe turned out great for you and that baby loved them, Kate. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!

  32. I duno but I’ve been cooking these for about 8 mins and they’re still mush inside what’s the texture supposed to be like

  33. 5 stars
    Made these for my 8 month old and she loved them! My 17 year old also is a fan (he made more waffles with the remaining batter!). We used a mini waffle maker to cook them is teas of making pancakes. They turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Yay! I am so glad that this recipe is a hit, Cara. Thank you so much for sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

  34. My baby is almost 8 months old, what milk should I use? I assume no cow’s milk as he is still under one year old. Should I use formula?

    1. Hi Jenny – I use unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk, but you could use any dairy-free milk, cow’s milk, breast milk or formula should work too. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  35. 5 stars
    Made these for my 10 month old and he loved them! As did I! so easy to make and yummy! Thank you for sharing ☺️

    1. Ah yay! I am excited to hear that these pancakes are a hit, Lu. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  36. 5 stars
    worked so well, and I’ve made a bunch of batches with things like a few handfuls of spinach thrown in, applesauce instead of milk, nut butter added, etc. perfect every time!

    1. Yum, sounds delicious. I am so glad this recipe is a hit, thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    1. Yay! I am excited to hear this recipe is a hit, Jessica. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!

    2. Can you make the batter and store it in the fridge for 5 days ? I rather make fresh pancakes for my little .

      1. Hi Lisa – Yes, that should be fine. I think it will stay fresh in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Let me know how these turn out for you! Enjoy!

  37. 5 stars
    My 10 month old loves these! I put Greek yoghurt with blueberry compote on top
    These are a regular now, thank you!!

    1. YUM! Sounds absolutely amazing, I am so glad this recipe is a hit. Thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

      1. 5 stars
        Is the texture of the pancake supposed to be mushy a bit after cooking? I think that’s right cus of the banana but just want to make sure

        1. Hi Jenny – When you say mushy, are they still wet inside? The pancake should be fully cooked through.

    1. Hi Nicole – I haven’t tried an egg substitute so I’m not 100% sure how they’d turn out, but I think a flax egg should work, but let me know if you try it! Another person who made them shared that they used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free egg replacer and they turned out well for her, so that might be another good option for you!

    2. 5 stars
      Made these with chia egg replacement (1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water and let sit for 15min) and it worked amazing! They taste great. My 10 month old loved them!

      1. Ah yay! I am so glad this recipe turned out great for you and your little one, Liz. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!

    1. Aw yay! I am so glad you are loving this recipe and it turns out great. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!

    1. Aw yay! I am excited these turned out great for you and your little one, Nancy. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I appreciate it!

  38. 2 stars
    Not sure if I made these too big but they were burnt but still raw in the inside? Did not cook like a normal pancake

    1. Oh no! I am so sorry to hear these did not turn out for you. I recommend cooking these low and slow. What was the texture of the batter?

  39. Hi there. I made these on low heat and the inside was still raw. Should the batter be thick or should I add more milk? Thank you!

    1. Hi! Were you getting bubbles on the top? If not, your batter might have been too thick and you will need to add more milk.

      1. Hey there! I made these with old fashioned rolled oats and they were quite chewy / gummy, making it hard for my baby to eat. What should the texture be? Did I do something wrong? Thanks!

        1. Hi Vanessa – I am sorry to hear that. What was the consistency of the batter? If it seemed thick, I would recommend adding some additional milk to thin it out a bit!

  40. Why does my pancake not form any bubbles?the batter is quite thick too. Should i add more milk? Thank you.

    1. Hi Yuliana – Yes, if the little bubbles are not forming, then your batter is too thick. I would recommend adding more milk. Hope they turn out for you!

  41. 4 stars
    I failed. I thought I could use baby oatmeal. Put two pancakes in the pan, by the time I flipped them several minutes later, I had a hot goo glob in the pan that refused to resemble a pancake or cook together in any form. Baby oatmeal is not recommended.

    I may have saved it by blending in actual quick cook rolled oats, at least they hold together. I hope they are edible tomorrow morning 🫣

    1. Oh no! I am so sorry, yes baby oatmeal won’t work in this recipe because it is too fine of a texture. Hope you will give these another try with regular oats.

  42. 5 stars
    This worked great! It was a really simple recipe and my little one just gobbled them up! He is usually very picky with anything that isn’t fruit so I was prepared for a beautiful stack of untouched pancakes. But he proved me wrong and I feel good about using this recipe again!

    1. Ah this is seriously the best, Raquel! I am so excited to hear that this recipe is a hit for your little guy. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, I truly appreciate it!

  43. 5 stars
    I made it today to my 7 months old baby and he LOVE it. I used sprouted oats, unsweetened almond milk and added hemp seeds. Next time I’ll also use flaxseed meal, chia seeds and blueberries or another fruit.
    Thank you so much for this recipe!

    1. Yay! So glad your babe loved these pancakes! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it.

  44. 5 stars
    My 15 month old, who is going through a super picky phase, LOVED and DEVOURED these!! Soo easy to make! I ended up whipping up a second batch to freeze for later! I did add a bit more milk (breast milk) to thin and a splash of vanilla. So excited to find something my little one loves! Thank you!

    1. This is seriously the best, Tiffany. I am so glad your little one is loving these are you’re able to make an extra batch to save for later. Thanks you for your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

  45. My daughter loves these so much! She’s a little over 9 months old and has these for breakfast almost every morning. I’m going to substitute a banana for some pumpkin purée tomorrow!

    1. WOO! I am SO glad this recipe is a hit for you little one, Zoey. Thanks so much for coming your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

    1. Hi Rebecca – I bet that would work, but I haven’t tried it yet though! Let me know if you end up trying it!