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Banana Pancakes For Baby & Toddler (GD, DF Egg Free Option)

These banana pancakes for baby, yields soft and fluffy pancakes, excellent for 6 month old babies, toddlers and older kids as well. Being baby-led weaning friendly, the baby banana pancakes make a delicious finger food great for breakfast or as snack.

Below I’m presenting how you can customize the recipe and make the banana pancakes for baby without eggs, without gluten, dairy free or grain free.

Mini banana pancakes for baby, banana oat pancakes for babies 6 months and  up, toddlers and perfect for baby led weaning.
Banana pancakes for babies.

Making banana pancakes for baby is pretty easy, they are smaller in size and cook fast. Or you can try making a baby banana bread or some banana muffins if you prefer to use the oven. You can also customize the recipe to be egg free, dairy free, gluten free, grain free and vegan.

Banana Pancakes For Babies

This recipe makes a stack of banana pancakes perfect for babies, packed with mashed bananas, making them perfectly sweet without added sugar. Double the amounts for a family or more leftovers that you could freeze for later.

Related: Apple Pancakes For Baby / Toddler (BLW)

Baby banana pancakes stacked on a plate.
Banana Pancakes With Eggs And Oats.

Make Healthy Banana Pancakes For Babies

These baby banana pancakes need no added sugar, they have a nice subtle sweetness from fruit, they are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Stack of banana pancakes for baby grabbed with a fork.

Ingredients For Baby Banana Pancakes

  1. Bananas (choose ripe bananas, they are sweeter and have more banana flavor).
  2. Rolled oats (grind them to make flour, this will make them softer and smoother).
  3. Eggs (are needed to create texture and hold everything together).
  4. Baking soda + lemon juice (or any other acidic food like buttermilk) to create fluffiness. Baking powder is not recommended for babies it contains more ingredients: sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar, as well as cornstarch (watch out allergies to corn), some even aluminum (a known neurotoxin).
Ingredients for baby banana pancakes displayed on a board.
Ingredients for baby banana pancakes.

How To Make Banana Pancakes For Baby

  1. Prepare the ingredients – grind oats into flour and mash the bananas with a fork.
  2. Beat the eggs lightly and mix with mashed bananas and the oatmeal flour.
  3. Add the baking soda and lemon juice (or buttermilk) at the end when ready to cook the pancakes. The acid neutralizes the baking soda quickly by forming bubbles, thus acting as a leavening agent in pancakes.
  4. Heat a ceramic skillet (if you want to cook without oil) or a griddle on medium-low heat. Drop the pancake batter using a teaspoon (if you want small pancakes) or use a tablespoon – for 2-inch pancakes.
  5. Cook until the top form a few bubbles on them, check the bottom, it should be light golden brown. Flip and cook until the bottoms are also golden brown. Remove from skillet and set to cool. 
Process shots showing how To Make Banana Pancakes For Babies.
How To Make Banana Pancakes For Babies (actual size 2½ inch)

Baby Led Weaning Pancakes

These baby banana pancakes are a perfect as finger food for baby and for baby-led weaning. They are soft and are great for babies with no teeth who are just learning to chew.

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, when they develop the ability to use their fingers – you can split into byte size pieces, large enough that they can grab.

Pancakes For Babies FAQs

Can Babies Eat Pancakes?

Yes. Babies 6 months and older can eat pancakes, as long as they are made with tried ingredients that will not cause allergies and have a soft texture. Start by serving the pancakes in bite-size pieces, once they are older and more experienced – cut pancakes into strips or just make smaller pancakes.
Note: Whenever your baby is starting a new food texture make sure you’re watching, there is always a choking hazard.

Can Babies Have Syrup On Pancakes?

Syrup is basically sugar and most health organization agree that babies should be given little to no sugar before the age of two. Starting early with sugary foods can make it more difficult for babies to accept bitter-tasting foods such as vegetables, and can later increase picky eating behaviors [1]

Baby led weaning pancakes, picture showing pancake serving size for babies 6 month old and up.
Pancake serving size for babies 6 month and up and for baby led weaning.

Baby Banana Pancakes, No Egg

As egg replacer use finely milled flax seeds and hot milk, (ratio 1 to 3). And let it gelatinize for 1 minute before mixing with the rest of ingredients. Tip: Make smaller banana pancakes (use about 1/2 tbsp of batter) they will be easier to flip. Note that these are more gummy inside and not fluffy like the ones with egg.

Make Vegan Pancakes: Since you already know how to make eggless pancakes for your baby, you can swap the regular milk for a dairy free version of your choice.

Process shots showing how to make Egg free Baby Pancakes With Banana and Oats.
Small (1½ inch) Egg free Baby Pancakes With Banana and Oats. For egg free pancakes baking powder works better than baking soda.

Dairy Free Banana Pancakes For Baby (No Milk)

If you’re making regular banana pancakes with egg there is no need to add extra liquid like milk. If you’re making egg free pancakes – swap the regular milk or buttermilk for a non-dairy version (first check the ingredients for allergies) or use a homemade version without additives. The last option is to use just water and a tiny amount of oil (about 1 teaspoon) to mimic the fat present in the regular milk.

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Make Grain Free Banana Pancakes

Use banana flour as your dry ingredient for pancakes. Yes BANANA flour, it’s made from ground dried green bananas – a delicious alternative to grain flour and its’ a bit darker in color than other flours. It yields fluffy delicate pancakes that melt in your mouth.

You can barely taste or smell the banana in this flour so don’t worry you will not have any overpowering banana flavor for these pancakes.

Process shots showing how to make grain free banana pancakes for baby with banana flour.
Banana Flour Pancakes – Grain Free

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes For Babies

To make these baby banana pancakes gluten free, you need to make sure your oats are certified gluten free (check the package) and it it’s even better if they’re also organic. I like to use these rolled oats or these oats, they are also available in health food stores. The gluten free seal ensured they oats weren’t contaminated with other grains during processing and packaging.

However, if you can also use a gluten free flour blend with this banana pancake recipe, the texture may be a bit different (it dependent on the brand you’re using). Also check the label and see the ingredients if you’re ok with them, some gluten free flour blends have added gums and milk powder.

Banana oat pancakes baby.
Baby Banana Oat Pancakes With Egg

Baby Banana Oat Pancakes With Extra Flavor

To provide extra flavor for these baby banana pancakes you can add:

  • Cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Nutmeg
  • Top with nut and seed butters
  • Serve with fruit pieces or fruit puree
  • Dip in yogurt
  • Vanilla (use fresh vanilla bean not the extract with alcohol and additives).

How To Store The Banana Pancakes

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze the banana pancakes for up to 2-3 months. To warm, pop individual pancakes in a toaster.
Toddler Dipping Banana Pancake in Yogurt As Finger Food.
Toddler Dipping Banana Pancake in Yogurt

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Banana pancakes for baby with oats.

Baby Banana Pancakes Suited For Toddlers and Older Kids

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Healthy baby pancakes packed with mashed bananas, they are soft and make a delicious, healthy breakfast for babies 6 months and up, for baby-led weaning, toddlers and older kids. These baby banana pancakes need no added sweetener and can be tweaked to be egg free, dairy free, grain free and vegan.
5 from 1 vote
DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 7 pancakes
Calories 32.2 kcal

Ingredients
  

Banana Pancakes With Oats and Egg

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (ground into fine flour)
  • 1 large banana (mashed with a fork)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Banana Pancakes with Oats, No Egg

  • 1 large banana (mashed)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup+ 2 tbsp milk / buttermilk (or non dairy milk)
  • 1/4 cup ground oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions
 

Banana Oat Pancakes (With Egg)

  • Prepare the ingredients – grind oats into flour and mash the bananas with a fork.
  • Beat the egg lightly (it will provide extra fluffiness) and mix with mashed bananas and the oatmeal flour.
  • Add the baking soda and lemon juice (or buttermilk) at the end when ready to cook the pancakes. The acid neutralizes the baking soda quickly by forming bubbles, thus acting as a leavening agent in pancakes.
  • Heat a ceramic skillet (if you want to cook without oil) or a griddle on medium-low heat (about 275-300F). Drop the pancake batter using a 1/2 tablespoon of batter (if you want small pancakes) or use a tablespoon – for 2.5 inch pancakes.
  • Cook until the top forms a few bubbles on them, check the bottom, it should be light golden brown. Flip and cook until the bottoms are also golden brown. Remove from skillet and set to cool.

Banana Oat Pancakes (No Egg)

  • Finely mill the flax seeds and add the hot milk, let it gelatinize while preparing the rest of ingredients.
  • Ground the rolled oats and mash the banana. Add the flax seed mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • Heat the skillet and right before dropping the first pancakes, add the baking soda and lemon juice, gently mix and proceed with cooking.
  • Drop about 1/2 tbsp of batter, the smaller the pancakes the easier to flip. Cook on each side until golden brown. Tip: It's better to cook longer at a lower temperature.

Storing

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
    Freeze the banana pancakes for up to 2-3 months. To warm, pop individual pancakes in a toaster.

Notes

These baby banana pancakes need no salt, sugar or other flavorings, they taste good as they are.
Best healthy oils to use for cooking: coconut oil, avocado oil or grapeseed oil –  they all have a high smoking point. When using  a ceramic coated skillet (like in the pictures) there is no need to use any oil.

Baby Banana Pancakes Without Egg

As egg replacer use finely milled flax seeds and hot milk, (ratio 1 to 3). And let it gelatinize for 1 minute before mixing with the rest of ingredients. Tip: Make smaller banana pancakes (use about 1/2 tbsp of batter) they will be easier to flip. Note that these are more gummy inside and not fluffy like the ones with egg.
Make Vegan Pancakes: Besides replacing the eggs with flax seeds, swap the regular milk for a dairy free version of your choice.

Make Dairy Free Baby Pancakes (No Milk)

If you’re making regular banana pancakes with egg there is no need to add extra liquid like milk. If you’re making egg free pancakes – swap the regular milk or buttermilk for a non-dairy version (first check the ingredients for allergies) or use a homemade version without additives. The last option is to use just water and a tiny amount of oil (about 1 teaspoon) to mimic the fat present in the regular milk.

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

To make these baby banana pancakes gluten free, you need to make sure your oats are certified gluten free (check the package) and it it’s even better if they’re also organic. I like to use these rolled oats or these oats, they are also available in health food stores. The gluten free seal ensures the oats weren’t contaminated with other grains during processing and packaging.

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, when they develop the ability to use their fingers – you can split into byte size pieces, large enough that they can grab.
For grain free version, replace the ground oats with 3 tbsp banana flour (banana flour tends to absorb more liquid). See post for pictures.

Nutrition

Calories: 32.2kcal
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