Healthy Pancake Recipes for Babies
Feeding kids can prove to be quite a struggle at times, more so if you are a first-time parent trying to wean your baby. Ideally, the right age to start baby led weaning is between six to eight months. However, some babies are ready for solids as early as three months but it is usually not recommended since the probability of them getting disposed to food allergies increases. Thus, it is only natural that you are extra cautious when it comes to weaning your little one.
As you formulate a healthy diet for your child’s growth, you must also keep in mind that a baby’s digestive system isn’t mature enough to process all kinds of food. You can begin by introducing soft fruits or vegetables along with powdered whole grains. Confused as to how you can do that? Well, the answer to this by making healthy pancakes—one of the easiest go-to breakfast dishes for kids and adults alike.
Pancakes are a delicious yet healthy option for your baby where you can blend all the necessary supplements like fruits, grains, and milk in one simple meal. Healthy pancake recipes for babies are those that are made of oat and apple-based, which are quick and easy to whip up, while also being a great energy-booster. These pancakes are filling as they are slightly denser than usual, thus keeping babies full for a couple of hours. If you’re preparing this dish to wean your baby, you might want to skip a few ingredients that are used in a traditional pancake recipe. For example, you can replace sugar with jaggery while using a sweet apple to achieve the tart flavor you desire. In addition, try avoiding the use of baking soda as it might affect your baby’s metabolism.
The recipe to make healthy pancakes for you babies:
The ingredients you will need to make healthy pancakes:
- ½ cup oats
- 2 tbsp jaggery
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 egg
- 1/4th cup apple puree
- Optional – sweet potato, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, avocados.
Method to make the pancakes:
- To begin with, dry roast ½ a cup of oats in a pan till you get a mild fragrance. Once done, remove the pan from gas and let it cool for some time.
- After they’ve cooled, grind the roasted oats in a blender to a fine powder and set it aside.
- Now, heat water in a vessel and add 1-2 tbsp of jaggery powder to it. Stir it well so that the jaggery melts completely and strain it to remove impurities.
- In a bowl, add ½ a cup milk, 1 tbsp butter, 1 egg, ¼ cup of apple purée along with the melted jaggery and whisk them properly. As you whisk, keep adding oats flour to the mixture to form a smooth batter. Make sure the batter is consistent and has no lumps.
- Thereafter, lightly grease a frying pan and let it heat on medium flames. Take a ladleful of the pancake batter and spread it in a circle on the pan. If you want the pancake to be a little thick, avoid spreading it too much. When you see small bubbles forming on the surface, flip the pancake. Cook for another minute or so and remove them from pan. Repeat the same for the remaining batter and voilà, your pancakes are ready!
If your baby craves veggies, you can add sweet potato to the aforementioned batter instead of apple. You can also opt for bananas to add variety to your child’s diet. What’s more, bananas will help make your healthy pancakes softer. Pick an overripe banana if you want to cut down on the jaggery.
In addition to apples and bananas, you can also introduce your kid to other healthy fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and avocados. You can either mash or finely chop these fruits for the convenience of your toddler. As for the flour, you can try using ragi or whole wheat for a change. That way, you can not only give your kids’ a healthy snack but also allow them to explore new tastes.
Having said that, do not be in a haste to introduce new foods to your baby. Be mindful of what you are adding to your child’s diet. For instance, some babies are allergic to eggs in which case you must avoid using them while making pancakes. Wheat usually does not cause any allergies but look for symptoms and stop feeding your baby if you find any. Similarly, it is advisable that you exclude the use of salt in your pancake recipe if your baby is less than a year old.
Once your baby grows older, you can experiment with more ingredients, for example, a pinch of baking powder to increase the fluffiness of your pancakes or a dash of vanilla extract for a delicate flavor. For extra sweetness, smear the cooked pancakes with maple syrup, apple sauce, or honey.
Apart from being easy and quick, these sundry pancake recipe ideas also work out as an effective way to make eating fun for your kid. So, the next time when you’re mulling over what healthy snack to make for your child, give these simple recipes a try and jazz up your baby’s eating habits.