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Baby Finger Food: Make Pancakes!

toddler pancakes Baby finger food pancakes are so easy! Whether you use a pancake mix as a base or make your own from scratch, you can easily mix up a batch in no time at all. The variety is endless, whether you add fruit or veggies or cheese but the end product is always a handy cake that your baby can easily pick up herself.

I like to make a small batch of mix and store it in a sealed pyrex dish in the fridge, cooking up fresh pancakes as needed. However, you can also make all the pancakes ahead of time and toss them into the freezer. To thaw, put on a plate in the microwave for a few seconds. Be sure to test the temperature first! These pancakes make a healthy baby finger food, especially if you add fruits or veggies.

baby finger food pancake Please note: you can simply use a store bought pancake mix for any recipe and then add fruit or veggies to it. Try to find one that is whole grain. Check the nutritional content! If you have allergy concerns, gluten-free pancake mixes are available in stores. Likewise, omitting eggwhites and substituting milk with soy or rice milk are other ways to customize the recipes to your child's needs. You are responsible for the health of your child and when in doubt, please contact your pediatrician.

Broccoli & Carrot Veggie Pancake Recipe
  • 2 tbsp cooked, grated carrots
  • 2 tbsp cooked, shredded broccoli
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water (OR use part milk, soymilk, ricemilk)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

baby finger foods Depending on the liquid content of your cooked broccoli and carrot, you may need to adjust the water (or milk) amount for a nice thick batter. Preheat skillet or frying pan on medium and put either butter or a tsp of olive oil in the pan. Pour small circles of batter onto the pan. When bubbles appear, flip the cakes over. When in doubt about doneness, simply cut one in half. Let cool before giving to baby! Be sure not to overcook, cakes should be mushy, not crispy on the edges.

This is the basic recipe that you can customize in any way you like! Instead of broccoli and carrots, you can add blueberries and bananas. Instead of 1 tbsp olive oil you could use 1 tbsp applesauce or yogurt. Add egg yolks or grated cheese!

potato pancakes Potato Pancake Recipe
  • 1 cup grated cooked potato
  • 1 1/2 tsp flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

Mix all together and let sit for 3 minutes, then drop small circles onto skillet or frying pan and cool both sides. You can substitute the oil with applesauce or even mango or pear puree. Add a few tbsp of cooked brocolli for veggie potato pancakes.

If you've been making your baby food all along and suddenly find yourself with a whole freezer full of purees that your child won't eat because she only wants to eat baby finger food items then these pancakes are your ticket to using up those purees! A few thawed cubes of squash puree is delicious in a pancake, as are the many frozen fruit purees you might have on hand! In addition, Baby Food Smoothies are a great way to use up those unwanted frozen fruit purees, don't let it go to waste!

Go to the Make Baby Food Section for more project ideas!

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