Pikelets are a go-to recipe in my household. These banana pikelets are quick to make and my kids love them.
This recipe can be used as the base for many other pikelet ideas, both savoury and sweet. It is very very very forgiving.
What the heck is a Pikelet?
If you aren’t from New Zealand or Australia, I first better explain what a Pikelet is. Or at least what a Pikelet is for me!
For me, a Pikelet is basically a small pancake. The batter for a Pikelet is a little thicker than a pancake, it usually contains eggs, milk, flour and sugar (with potentially other flavourings)
For me a Pikelet is usually served cold when I was little my mum used to serve pikelets spread with jam and butter.
My banana oat pikelets are a little different to a tradtional pikelet recipe, and I think the changes I have made to my mum’s original recipe turns them into healthy pikelets!
By incorporating mashed banana into the recipe, these pikelets don’t need any additional sugar to make them absolutely delicious.
These are sugar-free pikelets which makes them suirbale for little ones and baby led weaning
Instead of making these pikelets with plain white flour, I use a mix of wholemeal and oats.
This means they provide more complex carbohydrates keeping little tummies fuller for longer, fueling more crawling, running, jumping and general mayhem.
Other flavour ideas for healthy pikelets
(the ones that have been successful with my kids)
- Grated apple and carrot with cinnamon (a bit like a carrot cake)
- 3 C’s, grated carrot, courgette and cheese
- Grated pear and ginger (dried powdered)
- Banana and desiccated coconut
- Ham and frozen peas
- Blueberry (note, delicious but highly messy for eating)
- 1 egg
- ½ Cup wholemeal flour
- ½ Cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Milk (½-1 Cup)
- 1 banana mashed
- Pinch of cinnamon or a few drops of vanilla essence
- Whisk egg
- Add dry ingredients (I sort of sprinkle them in, but don't bother sifting them), whisk/mix
- Add ½ Cup of milk, mix
- Add mashed banana and cinnamon/vanilla
- If needed add more milk if the batter is too dry
- Heat a pan with a small amount of your fat/oil preference (butter, rice bran oil, coconut oil etc)
- Drop in spoonfuls of the batter. Cook until small bubbles pop on the surface, flip over and cook the other side
These pikelets do freeze, and are great defrosted, but for some reason, my crazy kids turn their noses up at them
I often keep the mix in the fridge so that I can quickly whip some up.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 56Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 17mgSodium 58mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 2g