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Banana Pancakes for Toddlers with Oats Recipe

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Are you on the lookout for a recipe that will have your little one giggling with excitement at the breakfast table? Look no further! Our Banana Pancakes for toddlers with oats are not only perfect for breakfast or snacking for little ones, but they’re also a healthy and simple recipe that parents will adore. This pancake recipe is a cherished favorite in my family – it was the go-to breakfast for my first child and set a cinnamon-spiked precedent for all pancakes thereafter!

Banana Pancakes for Toddlers with Oats Recipe

Loaded with the goodness of whole grains, protein, and fruit, these pancakes are designed to be a full, balanced meal that supports your toddler’s growth and energy levels. And the best part? They’re incredibly delicious!

When I Started Making Pancakes for Toddlers

My own experience with these pancakes has shown me just how much kids adore them. My daughter would gobble them up every morning, and I felt good knowing she was starting her day with a nutritious meal. She went through probably a month of refusing anything but these pancakes for breakfast!

She would never touch syrup, but an ample spreading of butter on top of the pancakes was a must! After creating these for her, oats and cinnamon became required ingredients in all her pancakes thereafter for years.

This was A LONG time ago it seems like, as that toddler is now 13… but the recipe stayed in our family and was something I made for our daughters we continued to have every 5 years after that.

Banana Pancakes for Toddlers with Oats Recipe

Nutritional Benefits of Banana Pancakes for Toddlers

These Banana Pancakes for toddlers with oats are so much healthier than your traditional pancake recipe.

  • They offer complex carbohydrates from the oats and whole wheat flour, so much better than the empty calories of bleached white flour! Complex carbs provide sustained energy for playtime and learning.
  • The eggs add a welcome dose of protein, essential for muscle development and growth. Plus eggs are rich in so many vital nutrients!
  • And of course, the banana not only sweetens each bite naturally, but also contributes potassium and fiber.

More Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers:

Banana Pancakes for Toddlers with Oats Recipe


  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of quick oats
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Butter, as needed for cooking

Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

  1. Prepare the Banana Mixture:

Start by thoroughly mashing the banana until smooth. The riper the banana, the easier this will be and the sweeter your pancakes will taste.

You can use a potato masher if you want, but I used an old family hack to make my own mashers as we were making this recipe so much. You can take pliers and bend a fork into a 90 degree angle to make your own highly effective mini mashers!

I’m still using the same one I made for this recipe a decade later.

  1. Combine Wet Ingredients:

Into the mashed banana, add two eggs and almond milk. Stir the mixture well until all the ingredients are fully combined.

  1. Incorporate Dry Ingredients:

Mix in the oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon (if using) into the wet ingredients. Stir until the batter just comes together. The oats will make the batter heartier and the cinnamon adds a lovely hint of spice that toddlers just love and is great to get them to exposed to.

  1. Cook the Pancakes:

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a little butter to coat the surface. Drop small portions of the batter onto the heated skillet to form mini pancakes – just the right size for those tiny fingers to manage.

  1. Flip With Care:

Keep an eye out for bubbles forming on the surface of the pancakes. Unlike traditional pancakes, you’ll want to flip these when the bubbles show up, as the denser batter may not allow them to pop.

Use a spatula to carefully turn the pancakes over, cooking them until they’re golden brown on both sides.

  1. Serving & Storage:

Serve the pancakes warm, maybe with a smear of butter. Any leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen, then reheated for a quick, nutritious breakfast option. I just pop them in the toaster on light.

Wrapping up Banana Pancakes for Toddlers with Oats

Enjoy watching your toddler dig into these healthy Banana Oat Pancakes, and take comfort in knowing you’re providing a meal that’s as nourishing as it is delectable. Wishing you and your little ones a very happy and tasty breakfast adventure!

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