In honor of Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day, as well as Theo's FIRST birthday (both this past Tuesday, 2/28/17), here is a pancake recipe! Theo loves his carbs. :)
Before I had Theo, I would spend hours cooking and baking - sometimes just for fun! Until I became a busy mom, I never fully realized or appreciated how luxurious and relaxing it was. Now, I just don't have that kind of free time, nor the desire to spend my limited free time that way. I still love cooking and baking, but I prefer making things that are quick and easy. Logistically, it just makes more sense, especially with a little toddler climbing up my leg because he wants to see what I am doing. On the plus side, I hope that Theo's great interest in cooking and food will turn him into a budding chef who can help me in the kitchen!
For my birthday last year, Ben got me a Vitamix blender. He did a lot of research into the Vitamix versus the Blendtec and decided to go with the former because of its power. Man, that blender is a workhouse! You can blend anything in it. Theo used to be terrified of the sound it makes, as it sounds like a revving car with all of its horsepower, but now he loves listening to and watching it work. I often use our blender to make the sauce for my Avocado Pasta, muffins, breakfast pancakes, savory fritters and pancakes like my Pea and Corn Pancakes, sauces, smoothies, soups... the possibilities are endless. Having babies and/or small kids, it is fantastic being able to throw things into the blender to create delicious and nutritious meals with speed and ease. You might even able to do it one-handed! It takes practice, but it can be done. ;)
These pancakes are a great blender creation. Theo loves them for their taste and texture, and I love them for their simplicity and ease. There are only 5-6 ingredients and all but one can be whirred together in a flash! We hope you enjoy them too.
For babies 6+ months – and kids and adults of all ages!
Makes 6-8 pancakes, depending on their size
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 whole eggs
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
- ½ cup fresh blackberries, rinsed, dried and cut in half or roughly chopped (or other berries, like blueberries, raspberries or strawberries)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking
- Optional mix-ins: rolled oats (a handful or two adds nice density to the pancakes), flax seeds (1-2 teaspoons), chia seeds (1-2 teaspoons)
- In a high-powered blender, mix the bananas, eggs, cinnamon, whole wheat flour and maple syrup (optional).
- Using a spatula, gently fold in the blackberries and any other mix-ins.
- Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-low to medium heat.
- Form medium-sized pancakes with about 2 tablespoons of batter each.
- Cook on the first side until it has solidified enough to be flipped easily with a spatula, about 2-3 minutes.*
- Flip to the other side and cook another 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.
- Repeat with additional pancakes.
*I recommend watching carefully and taking a peek with your spatula to see if the cooked side is more golden brown. You will see a more solid edge forming around the perimeter of the pancake, but it probably won’t have bubbles.
I used blackberries because they're one of Theo's absolute favorite fruits. Other berries (or any other fruit, really) would work well too. For blueberries, it's probably best to keep them whole. For raspberries, you could cut them in half or keep them whole. For anything else, you decide. ;)
The pancakes can be stored in the fridge for about 3 days after making them. They reheat very easily in the microwave. I usually pop them in for 15-20 seconds. They should freeze well and should last for about a month.
For younger babies starting out with BLW (6-7+ months), the pancakes seem easier to pick up and eat if ripped into smaller pieces (like 3-4 pieces per pancakes). Initially, younger babies may suck on these pieces, but may not have great success with chewing or swallowing them.
For more experienced BLW babies (about 7-8+ months), a whole pancake is more easily picked up, chewed and swallowed. It could also be torn in half. Babies seem to love pancake- and mini-sized foods in general, as they are easy to handle and enjoy!
Try dipping them in a little plain yogurt or unsweetened applesauce (no added sugar), if you’d like. You could also give your baby a small suction bowl of either and let him explore with dipping!
Coconut oil is a great source of calories, including healthy fats. It also can aid with digestion and constipation! Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and an amazing natural sweetener. Berries are high in antioxidants and other nutrients.
If you’re concerned about giving your baby whole eggs, do some research. Unless your family has a history of allergies, give eggs a try! New studies show that waiting to introduce eggs may not prevent allergies. In fact, many doctors now suggest introducing babies to whole eggs from the start of solids. Indeed, they are a great first food in many different forms: scrambled, in pancakes and incorporated into other dishes. More information can be found here.