Sweet Potato Pancakes for babies-nutritious, safe and quick

 

These sweet potato pancakes for babies are easy to make, super soft, and a good iron source. And the best thing is you can bake in a batch and freeze. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or tea!

 

 

Why am I always banging on about iron-rich foods?

 

Iron is vital for your baby’s brain, body and immune system development. And the easiest way to ensure that your baby gets enough iron is to offer iron-rich foods at every meal.

 

I like to use this rule of thumb when planning meals for babies (and toddlers). Choose:

  1. An iron-rich food
  2. Pick a portion of food for energy
  3. Add a fruit or vegetable.

 

 

READ MORE: 9 Everyday Iron-Rich Foods for Weaning 

 

 

Pancakes are great for baby-led weaning.

 

There’s a reason why there are SO many pancakes recipes for baby-led weaning. Pancakes are super finger food for babies because they’re so easy to:

  • Cook- no major cooking skills needed!
  • Hold unlike some finger foods, which can be quite slippery
  • Batch cook and freeze
  • Adapt. You can make pretty much anything into a pancake or fritter. And pancakes for babies can include fruit or vegetables, different types of flours or oats like these. They can easily be made dairy-free like these. And you can even make egg-free pancakes

 

 

READ MORE: Finger food weaning ideas to get you started

 

 

 

Can I introduce these pancakes as one of baby’s first foods?

 

You could. BUT, I don’t advise it. Egg is a potential allergen, and it’s helpful to introduce egg initially in a well-cooked form and small amounts. But once you’re confident that your baby tolerates egg, then you can go right ahead and introduce these pancakes.

 

 

 

LEARN MORE: Step-by-step guide to introducing potential food allergens during weaning

 

 

Suitable for the whole family

 

One of the best ways to show your baby how to eat and enjoy their food is to eat with them. And there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy these pancakes too. Add some salt for adults or older children, if you like!

 

 

Why these pancakes and not the 2-ingredient sweet potato pancakes for babies?

 

You’ll find tonnes of recipes for 2-ingredient pancakes online. These usually contain sweet potato plus egg or banana plus egg. And while these are great too, I like the addition of the smooth porridge for two reasons. 

 

  1. The pancakes hold together better
  2. Fortified smooth porridge is an excellent way to increase the iron content of these pancakes

 

 

How to serve pancakes to babies

 

  • With  chia jam
  • With mashed fruit
  • With soft, ripe fruit finger food
  • With whole, natural or Greek Yogurt mixed with a little smooth nut butter

 

 

Is it OK to give babies maple syrup?

 

No, it’s best not to give your baby foods with added sugar in their first year. And this includes table sugar, maple syrup, honey and agave syrup. Even after their first birthday, you’ll want to keep their intake of these added sugars to a minimum. Another reason for not offering your baby honey is that it can cause infant botulism and isn’t suitable for babies under 12 months. 

 

But they won’t miss out. They can use any of the toppings above instead!

 

 

 

Don’t have any sweet potato? Make banana pancakes instead!

 

These pancakes will work just as well if you substitute the cooked sweet potato with the same amount of mashed ripe banana. Now, you’ve no excuse to throw out those black bananas hanging around the bottom of the fruit bowl!

 

 

How to cut pancakes for baby-led weaning?

 

Depending on what size you make the pancakes, you can either serve them whole or cut them into fingers. Of course, as your baby gets older and starts to develop their pincer grip, you can cut them up and serve them in smaller pieces. Another option is to pour the batter into the pan in a finger shape rather than a round shape. 

 

We have a birthday breakfast tradition in our house where I make pancakes poured into the shape of the birthday boy’s (or girl’s) initial. Some letters are easier than others!

 

 

What you’ll need to make these sweet pancakes

 

  • Two eggs
  • 1/2 cup of cooked mashed sweet potato. The easiest way to cook this is in the microwave
  • 1/4 cup Ready Brek or instant oat cereal. These products are fortified with iron making them a great alternative to flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • A little rapeseed oil for frying

 

 

What to do 

 

  1. Mix the eggs with the sweet potato.
  2. Add the Ready Brek, cinnamon and baking powder.
  3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan over medium/high heat.
  4. Spoon one-two tablespoons of the mixture into the pan (these work best as small pancakes).
  5. Turn the heat to medium/low and cook for around two minutes.
  6. Flip and heat until cooked through.

 

 

Storing sweet potato pancakes for your baby to eat another day

 

 

These freeze well—layer on a baking tray and freeze. When frozen, you can pop them into a freezer bag or box.

 

 

 

Ready, Steady, Wean

 

 

 

 

Sweet potato pancakes for babies

Sweet potato pancakes for babies

This is such a simple pancake recipe. Not only is it a perfect finger food for your baby but it's one you can all enjoy together.

Ingredients

  • Two eggs
  • 1/2 cup of cooked mashed sweet potato. The easiest way to cook this is in the microwave
  • 1/4 cup Ready Brek or instant oat cereal. These products are fortified with iron making them a great alternative to flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • A little rapeseed oil for frying

Instructions

    1. Mix the eggs with the sweet potato.
    2. Add the Ready Brek, cinnamon and baking powder.
    3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan over a medium/high heat.
    4. Spoon one-two tablespoons of the mixture into the pan (these work best as small pancakes).
    5. Turn the heat to medium/low and cook for around two minutes.
    6. Flip and heat until cooked through.
    7. Cool and serve

 

 
 
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