Baby Pancakes Apple and Oat

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Oh my goodness one of my kids favourite foods, for breakfast, snack or dessert are these baby pancakes. I started making them as finger food for my eldest when he was weaning.

A stack of five pancakes on a blue platter, a bowl of apples and rolled oats in the background.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy to make
  • Basic ingredients
  • Wheat-free, egg-free and easy to make dairy-free.

My youngest is almost two years old, and I can honestly say these baby pancakes with apple and oat remain a huge hit!

As evidenced by the fact when I made two batches yesterday to take the pictures they were completely demolished by my four kiddos (8yrs, 7yrs, 5yrs and almost 2yrs)

When my kids have traditional pancakes for breakfast they, of course, love them, but I find they need a second breakfast almost an hour later as the energy has gone through them so fast!

This is why I prefer these oat and apple-based baby pancakes as the energy is much more sustaining than a traditional pancake, meaning there are far fewer hangry moments after having them!

They are quite a filling pancake, a heavier denser style, but my kiddos have never complained.

Ingredients you will need

My baby pancakes are based on apples and oats. You will need rolled oats, apple purée and milk for the batter. I add vanilla essence and a little maple syrup to the batter for a little extra flavour.

Ingredients for apple oat baby pancakes laid out on a bench top with text overlay.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Milk: Any dairy-free milk alternative will work
  • Maple syrup: This can be left out entirely or substituted for a little honey (if kids are over one year of age)
  • Rolled oats: I typically use traditional rolled oats, but quick-cook oats will work just fine too.
  • Apple purée: If you haven't made your own apple purée you can substitute with an unsweetened apple sauce. The apple purée can also be substituted for a large banana.
  • Vanilla: The vanilla can be substituted for cinnamon which will also give these baby pancakes a lovely flavour profile.
A stack of baby pancakes sitting in front of a jar of unsweetened apple sauce.

I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used their no added sugar apple sauce from their range in this recipe.


Step by step instructions

Step one: Place oats into a food processor and blitz until fine. If you are using a blender you can skip this step and just pop all the ingredients into the blender.

A spoonful of oat flour above a food processor.

Step two: Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, the mixture will be thick

A spoonful of oat pancake batter being held above a food processor.

Step three: Drop spoonfuls onto a medium heat greased pan

Step four: Flip the pancakes when bubbles form and burst on the surface

Pancakes cooking on a pancake pan.
You can just see some of the small bubbles that have popped on a few of these pancakes, they are about ready to flip.

Allow to cool then serve!

A pink divided baby plate, with 3 baby pancakes, sliced fruit and yoghurt.

Top Tips

Here is how you can make these baby pancakes perfectly every time!

  • Because of their high fruit content, these pancakes do have a tendency to brown quite quickly. Try a lower heat, they are better cooked over a lower heat for slightly longer than quickly on a high heat.
  • I use my food processor to make this batter, a blender will work, but it may need to be a blender you can vent as once you add the raising agents the pressure could build up in something like the closed system of a Nutribullet.

FAQs

Can I freeze baby pancakes

Absolutely, pop them into an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

When can babies eat pancakes?

If you are following baby led weaning baby pancakes can be offered from 6 months of age. If you are following traditional spoon fed weaning your baby will be able to manage pancaeks when they are managing soft finger foods.

How to make baby pancakes without eggs?

Apple sauce/purée and mashed banana both work as an egg substitute in pancake recipes.

Pancakes for babies and other breakfast ideas for baby led weaning

I often get asked about breakfast ideas for baby led weaning or ideas that are suitable as first-finger food.

Pancakes are always popular, some other baby pancake recipes I make include

If you aren't into making pancakes, toast fingers with nut butter are great, pieces of omelet work well, chunks of avocado. Below are some other finger food breakfast ideas:

My kids also love smoothies, I have two posts with ideas Breakfast Smoothies, and Smoothies with added veggies

A stack of baby pancakes with a bowl of apples and jar of rolled oats in the background

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A stack of five pancakes on a blue platter, a bowl of apples and rolled oats in the background.

Baby Pancakes Apple and Oat

Baby pancakes made with apple and oat, perfect for baby led weaning, wheat free, egg free, refined sugar free and easy to make dairy free.
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Course: Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: baby pancakes, baby pancake, pancakes for baby, baby led weaning pancake, apple oat pancakes, oatmeal pancakes
Servings: 12 Pancakes
Calories: 54kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl

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4.55 from 280 votes

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats 150g
  • ½ cup apple purée 150g
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ Cup milk 125ml or milk substitute
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 15ml

Instructions

  • Place oats into a food processor and blitz until fine. If you are using a blender you can skip this step and just pop all the ingredients into the blender.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, the mixture will be thick
  • Drop spoonfuls onto a medium heat greased pan
  • Flip the pancakes when bubbles form and burst on the surface
  • Allow to cool then serve!

Video

Notes

Tips

  • Because of their high fruit content, these pancakes do have a tendency to brown quite quickly. Try a lower heat, they are better cooked over a lower heat for slightly longer than quickly on a high heat.
  • I use my food processor to make this batter, a blender will work, but it may need to be a blender you can vent as once you add the raising agents the pressure could build up in something like the closed system of a Nutribullet.
  • These baby pancakes freeze well, pop them into an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Ingredient substitutions

  • Milk: Any dairy-free milk alternative will work
  • Maple syrup: This can be left out entirely or substituted for a little honey (if kids are over one year of age)
  • Rolled oats: I typically use traditional rolled oats, but quick-cook oats will work just fine too.
  • Apple purée: This can be substituted for a large banana.
  • Vanilla: The vanilla can be substituted for cinnamon which will also give these baby pancakes a lovely flavour profile.
  • Baking powder: This can be substituted for ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Pancake | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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21 Comments

  1. Hi Very interested in finding out what the dip is that was used with the baby apple pancakes. Thanking you in advance. Rachel.

  2. Wondering what age you started baby led weening and do having only two botton teeth matter. My boy is 7 months will eat anything but im afraid he will just swallow and not chew...

  3. Sorry, but I have a correction for everyone with Celiacs. There is no gluten in oats. You will be fine to eat these.

    1. Hi Whitney, In NZ the labeling laws state we are not allowed to call oats gluten-free. Here is some info from the NZ Coeliac Society and the Australian and NZ Food Labeling Standards

    1. It would be totally fine, although some applesauce brands have quite a lot of added sugar... many don't though so just read the label

  4. Hi! I just made this and I halved the recipe (3/4c oats, 1/4c apple sauce, and milk, 1/4tsp vanilla, and baking powder)
    The pancake turned out very doughy, like it wasn't cooking thoroughly and they were very thick; I didn't notice any bubbles rise either. I added some milk and water but it didn't help. What did I do wrong? Or are they suppose to be doughy and heavy?

  5. 5 stars
    So delicious. My 10 month old and 5 year old loves them. I ate some also because they came out so good.

  6. Hi! I see you have baking soda as one of the ingredients in the picture but not in the recipe - baking soda in or out? Thanks 🙂

    1. Oh thanks for picking that up!
      The baking soda is a substitute for the baking powder, I've just added it in to the notes in the recipe.
      you can use baking powder or ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.

    1. They are a denser pancake, ie they aren't light and fluffy, but they should be cooked through, they should rise. I would check your raising agent, and turn down the heat of your pan so that the pancake has a chance to cook through before the edges get too brown. I hope that helps.