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Apple Pancakes For Baby / Toddler (BLW)

Moist fluffy apple pancakes for baby with a nice texture and flavor from fresh grated apple. The naturally sweetened cinnamon batter is quick and easy to whip up in just under 10 minutes. Make these apple pancakes for baby led weaning as finger food for breakfasts and freeze the extra so you could just pop them in the toaster when you’re short on time. Cold leftover pancakes make a great after-school snack as well!

Fluffy soft apple pancakes for babies.
Fluffy soft apple pancakes for babies.

Apple Pancakes For Baby /Toddlers/ Kids

These extra soft apple pancakes are suitable for babies 6 months and up since they are made without added sugar, salt or honey. For older kids and toddlers you can add a little bit of maple syrup to sweeten them up if you want.

Besides banana pancakes which are the most popular among young babies, apples make the second best fruit for pancakes. These are a wonderful to add to pancakes for more fiber, nutrition and flavor. And the best of all, the apples make these apple oat pancakes moist and tasty even without butter and syrup. 

Stacked apple pancakes for baby.
Stacked apple pancakes for baby.

I just use one grated apple each time. Once it may be a little over a cup, once a little under, but they always turn out fine. I grate the apple with the skin still on, and you don’t really notice it. 

I also incorporated some apple sauce, to add moisture and substance, so it removes the the need to use other liquid, like milk, yogurt or melted butter. So the pancakes are naturally dairy free.

The apple oat pancakes are also really filling and just wonderful for growing “always-hungry” kids!

Pliable soft apple pancakes with oat flour perfect for babies 6 months and up.
Pliable soft apple pancakes.

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Apple Pancake Ingredients

  • Flour – I used a mix of regular all purpose flour and oat flour (by grinding some rolled oats) to increase their nutritional value. You can also use whole wheat flour – it gives the pancakes a wonderful nutty flavor that really compliments the apples and cinnamon. 
  • Apple sauce – as milk, butter substitute. This will add moisture, subtle sweetness and fluffiness.
  • Grated apple – for taste and texture.
  • Egg – to provide structure and color.
  • Baking powder – as the leavening agent. A great substitution would be a combination of 3/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, if you’re trying to avoid baking powder for small babies.
  • Cinnamon + nutmeg – for flavor. These will cover perfectly the absence of a sweetener and salt for very small babies.
  • Salt and maple syrup – add for older babies (12 months+).

How To Make Apple Pancakes For Baby

Step. 1 Make The Pancake Batter:

  1. Prepare the ingredients – grind the oats into flour and grate the apple. You’ll need just one apple (on the smaller side).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the apple sauce, egg, and the grated apple. Mix to combine.
  3. In the same bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add maple syrup and salt if your baby is older than 12 months. Stir just until everything combined. If your batter turned out very thick, add 2 tablespoons of water. Oat flour tends to absorb a lot of liquid.
Process shots showing how to make the batter for apple pancakes.
Mix the ingredients to form the pancake batter.

Step. 2 Cook the apple oat pancakes:

  1. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. You can use ghee, coconut oil or butter as fat for frying. If you want to cook the apple pancakes without oil, use a ceramic non-stick skillet, I love mine!
  2. Scoop the batter onto the skillet, using approximately 2 tablespoons for each pancake. Brown on both sides for approximately 2-3 minutes and serve.
Process shots showing how to cook the apple pancakes for baby.
Thicker batter means taller pancakes. For thinner pancakes make the batter be runnier by adjusting liquid ingredients.

Mix-Ins / Substitutions

  • Try adding some chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • For more fiber add some seeds.
  • Top with apple butter, nut butter, or maple syrup.
Cooking apple pancakes for babies on a non-stick skillet.
Cooked apple pancakes.

Make The Pancakes Gluten Free And Dairy Free

Gluten Free Apple Pancakes: use gluten free rolled oats for making the oat flour, and substitute the all purpose flour with a gluten free flour mix. If you don’t have multiple gluten free flours, the next best option is to use buckwheat flour.

No need to make adjustments for dairy free pancakes, they already are!

How To Store

  • Store leftovers for 2-3 days at room temperature.
  • Freeze up to 3 months in an airtight container.
  • Thaw / reheat: to warm, pop individual apple pancakes in a toaster.
Thick fluffy oat apple pancakes for baby.
Thick fluffy apple pancakes for baby.

Baby Led Weaning Pancakes

To serve the pancakes for babies 6 months and up, cut them into thick finger-size pieces, so they are easy to hold and large enough that baby can’t push the whole piece into their mouth. 

For babies 9 months and older, you can split into byte size pieces, large enough that they can grab with their fingers .

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Fluffy Soft Apple Pancakes For Baby / Toddler BLW Friendly Recipe

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Moist fluffy apple pancakes for baby with a nice texture and flavor from fresh grated apple. The naturally sweetened cinnamon batter is quick and easy to whip up in just under 15 minutes. Make these apple pancakes for baby led weaning as finger food for breakfasts and freeze the extra so you could just pop them in the toaster when you’re short on time.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 10 pancakes
Calories 59.1 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small apple (grated)
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (or whole wheat, or other favorite flour)
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (ground rolled oats)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/6 tsp nutmeg (optional)

For Older Kids And Toddlers, Add:

  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

Step. 1 Make The Pancake Batter:

  • Prepare the ingredients – grind the oats into flour and grate the apple. You’ll need just one apple (on the smaller side).
  • In a large bowl, combine the apple sauce, egg, and the grated apple. Mix to combine.In the same bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add maple syrup and salt if your baby is older than 12 months.
  • Stir just until everything combined. 
    If your batter turned out very thick, add 2 tablespoons of water. Oat flour tends to absorb a lot of liquid.

Step. 2 Cook the apple pancakes:

  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. You can use ghee, coconut oil or butter as fat for frying.
    If you want to cook the apple pancakes without oil, use a ceramic non-stick skillet, I love mine!
  • Scoop the batter onto the skillet, using approximately 2 tablespoons for each pancake. Brown on both sides for approximately 2-3 minutes and serve.

Notes

  • Gluten Free Apple Pancakes: use gluten free rolled oats for making the oat flour, and substitute the all purpose flour with a gluten free flour mix. If you don’t have multiple gluten free flours, the next best option is to use buckwheat flour.
  • Use organic rolled oats to grind into flour – for less pesticide exposure for your baby.
  • Choose sweeter apple varieties (like Fuji or Gala) if you’re not using any sweetener.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pancakeCalories: 59.1kcalCarbohydrates: 10.93gProtein: 2.07gPotassium: 56.7mgFiber: 1.14gSugar: 2.73gVitamin A: 42.2IUVitamin C: 0.82mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These apple pancakes are amazing, so soft and fluffy, all members of our family enjoyed them. Thank you!

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