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My eight-month-old daughter loves grown-up food, and when she sees me eating anything she always wants a bite. For breakfast, I've started giving her pancakes made out of baby food to go with her bottle of milk. The pancakes are tiny enough so she can hold them in her hand but big enough so she can't shove the whole thing in her mouth. My daughter doesn't have teeth yet, but she is great at gumming things down until she can swallow them.
She goes crazy for these pancakes, and a batch of them takes me only 15 minutes to make. Below is a quick overview of the recipe, followed by more detailed instructions with photos.
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Makes around 10 small pancakes
- 1 jar vegetable or fruit baby food puree
- 1 jar meat baby food puree
- 2 cups pancake mix of your choosing
- 3 tablespoons milk (breast milk, formula, or whatever milk you feed your baby)
- Mix pureed vegetable or fruit and pureed meat with 2 cups of pancake mix.
- Mix in 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk. Your mixture should be thick enough to hold its shape when in the pan.
- Heat up a nonstick pan and use Pam to spray it down or put butter in the pan to keep the pancakes from sticking.
- Drop batter into the pan in the size you want for your baby. My pancakes were two inches wide. Cook until golden brown on each side.
- Serve plain or with butter and syrup.
- Freeze any extra pancakes. Heat them in the microwave for 15–20 seconds for a quick breakfast for your little one.
Step 1: Pick Your Baby Food
I pick a lot of fruit baby foods to make pancakes, but I also use sweet potatoes and meat. My daughter's favorite flavor is apple-blackberry pancakes.
For the batch of pancakes featured in this article I used sweet potatoes and beef with beef broth. My little one doesn't like the texture of pureed meats so it helps me to cook them into pancakes. She eats them happily in pancake form.
Step 2: Make Your Batter
Mix 2 cups of pancake mix with the baby food of your choice. Any kind of pancake mix you have around the house works. When making this batch, I only had waffle mix. One jar of sweet potato puree and one jar of meat puree is enough for one batch. The meat baby food purees are so small they don't make the mixture runny at all to add them in. If one jar is too thick then add more milk in the next step.
Step 3: Add Milk
Add two to three tablespoons of milk to the mixture. I used breast milk but you can use formula or whatever milk you feed baby. I used two teaspoons since I used two jars of food. The pureed food gives the mixture enough liquid if using multiple jar. If using only one jar of puree, you will use 3 teaspoons milk to make sure there is enough liquid. It won't be runny. It should be thick enough to keep a pancake shape in the pan without running all over.
Step 4: Cook on Medium Heat
The best thing about making baby pancakes is you can cook quite a few pancakes in one pan. In the picture above you can see my favorite tool, my cast iron griddle. It's completely flat and I can fit an entire batch of baby pancakes on it. A nonstick pan will also work but you may have to have more than one batch to cook.
Heat your pan to medium heat. Put a bit of butter all over your pan. Then, drop batter into the pan and cook for a few minutes or until golden brown. Make your pancakes small enough that a baby could grasp them in his/her hand. Once golden brown, flip and cook the other side until golden brown. Then, they are finished cooking and ready to eat.
My pan is nonstick so I don't grease it with anything. If you are worried about sticking then use some Pam spray or butter. I try to avoid using anything greasy so I use my griddle with a light spray of Pam before cooking.
Step 5 (Optional): Taste Test
You can skip this step if you like. I always taste anything I cook for my daughter. I put a little butter (or breast milk butter) and a little syrup on mine. I don't give baby any butter or syrup. The pancakes tasted good, so I knew she'd love them. I didn't even notice any meat taste. Just a hint of sweet potato.
Step 6: Freeze the Leftovers
Put them in a ziplock bag and freeze. Each pancake takes 15–20 seconds to warm up in the microwave. Pull one out anytime you need a quick treat for your little one. If your baby is teething you could also just give them a frozen pancake to gnaw on. The cold pancake will feel good on their gums when they are teething.
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