These 3-ingredient Baby Banana Pancakes are perfect for baby-led weaning or introducing solid food to babies. Bonus, these are vegan pancakes for babies too, which means they are also egg-free and dairy-free.
Are you ready to introduce solids to your infants but don’t know where to start?
These vegan baby banana pancakes are perfect for it, easy to make in 10 minutes, no food processor or fancy tool needed. It is a quick and easy recipe for busy mums who want to feed their baby with healthy food with no fuss.
What are baby pancakes?
Baby pancakes are the first baby food to use in the baby-led weaning feeding approach. They are soft, hand-sized pancakes easy to hold by small hands and made of 3 simple ingredients, safe for infants 6 months old and older or ready to eat solid foods.
A baby-led weaning banana pancake recipe is made of whole food to bring nutrients to your infant.
- Sugar-free – doesn’t contain added sugar.
- Baking powder-free – baking powder can upset infants under 1-year-old, and it’s unnecessary for babies.
- Allergy-friendly – nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free options.
The purpose of baby pancakes is to develop baby sensory skills: taste, touch, and smell. It means that banana pancakes for babies don’t get fluffy. Their purpose is to add nutrient, infant-safe baby-led weaning experience.
How to make baby banana pancakes?
All you need to make baby banana pancakes are 3 wholesome ingredients that we all have at home:
- Banana – I am using small, slightly ripe bananas.
- Milk of choice – can use breastmilk or calcium-fortified soy milk, or almond milk.
- Flour– or white whole wheat flour.
Make the baby pancake batter
Mash the banana on a chopping board or plate. Next, combine banana and almond milk. Stir in coconut flour until a thick pancake batter forms. It’s ok to have lumps of bananas in the pancakes. It adds an extra soft texture that babies love.
Cook the baby banana pancakes
Warm a pancake griddle under medium heat and lightly oil its surface with coconut oil.
Then, scoop one tablespoon of baby banana pancake batter and drop it onto the hot griddle. Cook the pancakes until the sides start to dry out – about 1-2 minutes.
Then, flip the pancakes on the other side and keep cooking until golden brown.
Cool down on a plate or cooling rack for 10 minutes before offering these weaning pancakes to infants.
How to serve baby pancakes to infants?
These are quick and easy baby pancakes to set up a healthy baby finger food breakfast plate. You can add some other food around your baby plate-like fresh soft fruits or non-dairy yogurt. They are baby and toddler-approved.
It’s not recommended to offer sweeteners to babies and infants, even safe sweeteners like maple syrup.
The best-tasting experience is to offer no sugar for up to 1 year old to let the kids learn the real flavor of whole foods.
Can I make sweet potato pancakes with this recipe?
Sure, you can replace the mashed banana with mashed sweet potato to create different baby-led weaning pancake flavors. Other options are mashed pumpkin or homemade applesauce.
Can I freeze baby pancakes?
Sure, you can freeze these baby pancakes in ziplock bags or any airtight container. Then, thaw the baby pancakes few hours before eating at room temperature.
They also store for up to 3 days in a sealed box in the refrigerator.
How to make these pancakes fluffy?
These are baby pancakes made without raising agents. That’s why their texture is soft, flat and they don’t fluff like regular breakfast pancakes.
In fact, baking powder or baking soda is not safe for babies under 1 year old, so this recipe doesn’t use them.
However, if you want to use this recipe for older kids from 1 year old, you can add 1 teaspoon of baking powder into the batter to make fluffy pancakes.
Toddlers also love these pancakes with a hint of vanilla, add 1/2 teaspoon into the batter, and serve with peanut butter and chia seed jam. It makes a healthy vegan kid breakfast for busy mornings.
Can I make them gluten-free?
Yes, you can use all-purpose gluten-free flour or buckwheat flour in this recipe to make gluten-free baby banana pancakes. However, this recipe is egg-free and consequently doesn’t work with coconut flour or almond flour.
More healthy kid recipes to try
Below I listed some other healthy and quick recipes to make for your little ones:
Made these baby banana pancakes? If your baby loves these pancakes, share a review or comment below, I love to hear your feedback on my recipes.
Baby Banana Pancakes
- 2 tablespoons Plant-based Milk of choice - or breast milk
- 3 tablespoons All-purpose flour - or white whole wheat flour.
- 1 small Banana - riped, peeled
- Peel, mash the ripe banana on a plate until smooth. It's ok if bits of bananas show.
- Stir the milk and mashed banana, then stir in flour.
- Whisk everything together and set aside 5 minutes while the pancake griddle warms up. These 5 minutes also give the coconut flour fiber time to absorb the liquid and thicken the batter.
- Lightly grease the pancake griddle with coconut oil.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of batter per pancake and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the sides start to dry out.
- Flip over and cook for an extra 30 sec-1 minute.
- Store the baby banana pancakes in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in ziplock bags and thaw at room temperature 1 hour before serving.