2+ Ingredient Baby Pancakes…or Muffins.

by Heather Neal

I’m not big on grains for babies. Not right away anyways- their little digestive tracts are still developing and it’s easy for the big proteins in grains to slip through the cracks.

I probably would have brushed that off if it weren’t for the food allergies & intolerances that we’ve already dealt with. We’re trying to find a balance between being cautious and not worrying so much.

That being said, we waited until 8 months to introduce beans and grains, and even then we did so slowly. Now that we’re almost at 10 months {eep!} we’ve gotten a couple grains under our belt and really opens up the choices for finger foods- especially ones that don’t need a ton of prep.

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At our 9 month well visit we found out, as I’d suspected, that Kabes wasn’t gaining weight or growing in length. The timing coincides with the normal dip in growth for breastfed babies along with his crazy calorie-burning crawling, so I’m not too toooo worried, but nonetheless, we’ve been following doctor’s orders to stuff that little belly full of solids in addition to his 4 nursing sessions a day. {So yes, our days pretty much revolve around eating.}

The key to feeding a hungry baby nutritious foods is finding the time to prep them. For me, like most of you I’m sure, that time is nonexistent. The easiest way to go about it is to hand the babe something to munch on while I finish slicing up some fruit or veggies, or quickly cooking something for him to eat.

baby rice cakes

Fruits and veggies are pretty easy to make baby-friendly, but there’s actually not that many that need zero prep at this age. Most need at least diced, if not steamed or lightly cooked. This is especially true since until recently we had a completely toothless babe.

Enter the baby pancake.

baby pancakes allergen free

And pancake muffin.

baby muffins

Pancakes are my all time favorite breakfast food. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that I have fond memories of making silver dollar pancakes with my mom on the weekends growing up.

Lately one of the reasons I love pancakes is for their one-handed convenience. I can snack on them while I do a variety of things with one hand free; pretty much a necessity these days.

Since I love pancakes and Kabes tolerates oats just fine, I figured I’d make him his own little pancakes to munch on as he hangs out with me in the kitchen getting the rest of breakfasts ready. I still shy away from quite a few things due to allergies, so that means no milk, yogurt, eggs, etc. But that’s ok- none of that’s needed for these super easy to whip up pancakes.

I know, you’re probably saying, “how do you have time to flip batch after batch of pancakes if you’re trying to feed a baby?”. That’s where the pancake-muffin comes in. Pancakes in a mini-muffin tin. Thank you, Pinterest. Genius. Bake them all at once and you’re good to go. I make a bunch of extra so I’m set for a few days. You’d be surprised at how many he downs at once.

baby pancakes

All you really need is the banana and the oat flour {or ground oats}, but I prefer adding at least a little baking powder to make them nice and fluffy. After that, feel free to add in whatever your little heart desires. We like berries, cinnamon, flax seed, and even pureed spinach.

Baby Pancakes

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions

Blend all ingredients together.

Pour batter into mini muffin tins.

Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

{Or make them like traditional pancakes on a skillet, just mini size! Muffins just let you make them all at once. }

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baby eating finger foods

Once I’ve gotten him distracted with pancakes and the like, we can move on to his other favorite finger foods. Here’s what he’s loving at 9 months: {<—ahh he’s 10 months today!}

Finger Foods for 9 months

berries and baby stained baby fingers

What are some favorite finger foods for your little one? Especially non-gluten-grains ones…

Figuring out how to feed your baby isn’t easy…see some of the other challenges moms have on this month’s Munchkin Meals.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz}> November 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thank you for this! I’m going to give it a try tonight for my 7 month old!

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kim @ vegan mama November 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

Neat idea! I just bought a mini muffin tin, too :)

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Erica November 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

You know, I’ve been holding off on this kind of thing until I gave my son egg yolks (did it last night for the first time, he’s 7.5 months old) but I should have thought about using something like banana or applesauce as the binder instead of egg! D’oh!

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Laura November 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I love the idea of the pancake muffins! Totally keeping this recipe for when my little guy starts feeding himself… which will be here before I can blink, I’m sure!! Great ideas, thank you!!!

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Jane November 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

We just gave our little guy his first solid food yesterday: a chunk of avocado in its skin. He licked it clean! He’s about 2 weeks shy of 6 months, so the grains aren’t going to be on the menu for a little bit. But I’ll keep this idea in mind for when we do introduce them. Can you also use flax meal instead of the oat flour?

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tinysneakers November 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

K LOVES avocado! I’ve done it with flax meal mixed it, but not entirely instead of the oat flour. I’m not sure if it would work or not…

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Jane January 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

These have been a huge hit! My son has two with some fruit for breakfast every morning. I haven’t tried to add anything besides banana & oatmeal, but that’s next on the agenda. My friends have all picked up the recipe, too, even using it as the basis for a big birthday pancake (decorated with fruit).

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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast November 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I love how simple those muffins are! I’ll have to remember that if/when we have a second…. although she’d probably still love them at 2 1/2. Those berry pictures are so adorable!

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) November 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Cooooooool! I am definitely making these! I didn’t know you could bake something so simple as two ingredients. I’m so pumped to try them. And thanks for linking up!

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Vicky (little baby, big city) November 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

We are dealing with a bunch of allergies too…. Egg, dairy, raspberries, mushrooms (weird), cinnamon ( also weird). Blueberries are also like baby crack for Milo. He tried lentils today…. He kinda liked them. I am definitely making these mini pancake muffins…. Awesome! Do you give them whole or in pieces?

Random question, have your given KB flax? I was thinking of cooking quinoa and kale pattties with a flax egg.. A Pinterest find!
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tinysneakers November 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

Ugh, no fun! Cinnamon is a super common allergy for babies, isn’t that strange?! Sometimes I give them whole, sometimes in pieces. If they come out super moist I usually break them up, otherwise just hand them over whole. ;)

I’ve given him a little bit of flax, he seemed to tolerate it just fine. Mmm kale & quinoa patties, that sounds delicious. Let me know if you make them!

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Jessica November 9, 2012 at 1:57 am

Try organic puffed millet for a gluten free snack while you’re prepping food. It will help K hone his pincer grip as well. Another mom blogger I happen to follow recommended it! I plan on trying it with my LO when he starts BLW.

Here is the brand she recommended:
http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Path-Organic-Millet-6-Ounce/dp/B000E48IPG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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tinysneakers November 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

Oh thanks for the suggestion, those look perfect!

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Kierston November 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

Yes please.

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Carrie@familyfitnessfood.com November 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

I love pancakes! And I make a very similar recipe for myself except with an egg white. But, it sounds like a perfect recipe for a 10 month old. YUM!!

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jessica@ sweatescape November 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

This recipe looks great, I am for sure going to try it out on my little ones.

Great pics by the way!

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Caroline @ crackers & carrots November 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

We’ve just recently started Liam on solids and we’re going to try rice crispies or cherrios soon. I can’t wait to make these little pancakes for him! :D

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Meredith @ Mill City Mama December 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Must. try. these. pancakes. P.S. My 7.5 mo-old loves green smoothies, too! Thought it would take YEARS to train her tastebuds, esp. since they made me disgusted during pregnancy.

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bonnie July 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

What a great idea! Hoe long do the muffins stay good for? My naby is allergic to bananas so im going to try sweet potato

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tinysneakers August 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

we usually go through them pretty quickly, but you can put them in the fridge for a few days or wrap them up well and freeze them for a few months.

Sweet potato sounds great!

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Ashlee October 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Could I use steel cut oats instead of oat flour?

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tinysneakers October 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

If they’re already cooked it might work, but I’m not sure! If you don’t have oat flour you can put the steel cut oats in the food processor to make it.

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monica January 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

The batter is kind of thick for the pancakes is that the way it is suppose to be?

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Ciji March 7, 2014 at 12:52 am

Just have a quick question. Could I use my babies left over baby oatmeal cereal instead of using the flower? Would they still turn out?

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tinysneakers March 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

You should be able to – if you give it a try let me know how it works!

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Hazel April 25, 2014 at 3:00 am

Hi, I’m keen to try this with baby cereal tomorrow! Have so much left since my 11 mo stopped taking them. Just wondering if any liquid is required for the pancakes? Isn’t it kind of dry? Wouldn’t the muffins or pancakes be too hard? Thanks!

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tinysneakers April 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

The blended banana provides the liquid. :)

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Hazel April 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

This was a major fail for me. The mix was too dry so I added some formula milk. I think it was too wet. I tried to pancake fry it over the stove with some butter and it could barely cook or gel together.

I tried it the next day with apple puree instead of banana, and added some formula milk again coz it was all powdery. I put in the oven, baked for more than 30 mins and it was barely cooked too.

I wonder if it was the baby cereal that failed me. :(

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tinysneakers April 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

It might be because the baby cereal absorbs more liquid than the oat flour.

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