Everyone deserves a treat once in a while. We, 99% of the time, do not give anything sugary to our one year old daughter, yet, for obvious reasons. She gets all her sugar from fruits, vegetables and other natural ingredients used to make her meals. We haven’t decided when we are going to start adding sugar to her food. I suppose, as she becomes more and more interested with table food, it will eventually happen. Until then, no sugar for her.
Her weekday breakfast is usually chopped or chunky mashed fruits swirled into oatmeal and plain yogurt. Variety of seasonal fruits presents different taste every day, to the same old oatmeal, to her and makes my life easier in the morning when I am juggling between feeding, changing and conference calls.
However, weekends deserve something special. No sugar shouldn’t mean no treats. That’s when I started experimenting with recipes for her. I love bananas in baked goods and pancake and thought she would too.
One fine morning, I started whisking few ingredients appropriate for her and the pancakes turned out perfect. The ripe bananas provide the hint of sweetness the pancakes deserve. You are off course welcome to add sugar if you want. I added half teaspoon of honey once after baby girl turned one.
I am marking this recipe for 12 months plus because it has whole milk, eggs and honey as an optional ingredient. Since honey can potentially be dangerous and cause botulism for babies under 12 months and whole milk is usually not recommended before one year of age, please consult a doctor/pediatrician if you want to follow this or any other recipe for a younger child.
Recipe: Banana Pancake
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup whole milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 spoon honey (optional)
- Whisk together mashed banana, egg, honey (if using) and milk together.
- Add flour to the mix. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
- Heat a griddle/fry pan on medium high heat and spray/add butter.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle.
- Once bubble starts forming, flip and cook the other side.
- Once both sides are cooked, stack on a plate to serve.
- Each pancake takes about 2-3 minutes in total depending on the size.
- To achieve a lumpy batter, adjust with little more milk or flour if necessary.