Easy Toddler Meals: Banana Veggie Pancakes

Easy Toddler Meals: Banana Veggie Pancakes

Like many toddlers, my 18 month old son can be a bit of a picky eater. So I’m always on the search for quick and easy toddler meals that are full of whole foods and that he will reliably devour.

Below is a recipe for one of his favorite meals, banana veggie pancakes! These are also great to keep in the fridge for a couple of days to have on hand as a snack. I like to eat them too!

Banana Veggie Pancake Recipe

5 Simple Ingredients for an Easy Toddler Meal  

  • 1 banana
  • A small handful of blueberries (Optional)
  • A small handful of shredded zucchini (Or carrot. Also optional)
  • 1 eggs
  • ~ 4 tablespoons of flour (amount depends on veggies and type of flour used – see note below)

+ Butter for the skillet/pan

ingredients for banana blueberry zucchini pancakes
 

Directions

  • Mix all the ingredients together, adding the flour last. 
  • Use a spoon to scoop the batter onto a hot buttered skillet. I keep the heat on low-medium to medium so that they don’t burn.
  • Let the pancakes cook until they are a little golden before flipping them. After I flip them, I squish them down with the spatula to make sure they cook all the way through.
  • Remove the pancakes from the pan, let them cool a few minutes and that’s it!
I don’t put any syrup or toppings on these, and my toddler will eat the whole batch in one sitting! Of course all toddlers have different taste preferences though, so if your toddler isn’t wild about them you can try making them with just banana, egg and flour. We are constantly experimenting and doing trial and error when it comes to introducing foods to our toddler, and it is easy to customize these pancakes to what suits your toddler best!
 

Notes on Ingredients: Flour, Iron Fortified Cereal & Veggies

Note on flour: I have found that the amount of flour I use depends on the type of flour, as well as the type of vegetable I am using. Zucchini has more water content than carrot, so I use more flour if I’m using zucchini to thicken the batter. I add the flour last and in small amounts to determine how much the batter needs. You want the consistency to be similar to normal pancake batter.  

I have tried both wheat and gluten free flour, and both work great. And I also use iron fortified oat cereal sometimes or a combo of that and regular flour, to give my tot a little boost of iron if he hasn’t been eating many iron rich foods lately. You can see my post on Iron Rich Foods for Toddlers for a discussion on the importance of iron. 

Note on iron fortified baby cereal: If I’m using iron fortified baby cereal, I just make sure I’m not adding too much. I look at the nutrition label to see how much iron is in a serving, and take into consideration the recommended daily amount for his age. I discuss how much iron is needed at different ages in my Iron Rich Foods for Babies and toddlers post. Now that my toddler is getting older and eating more iron rich foods, I tend to just use regular flour in the batter.  

Note on Veggies: The banana and blueberries do a good job of cutting out the bitterness that some kids dislike in vegetables, but if your child is particularly averse to vegetables, you might try making them without any at first, or with just a tiny bit. Or try making the pancakes with carrot, since they are sweeter than zucchini.



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