I get so many requests over on Instagram to include more baby recipes here on the blog. Here’s the thing though: most of what we serve Sidney is what we eat ourselves!
For example, the other day we made him my famous chicken soup recipe, except we just drained the broth or often will add salt to the dishes later. He also LOVES my minestrone soup, basically any curry recipe of mine, my peanut butter banana oatmeal cups (without the chocolate chips!) and of course, my chickpea flour banana bread.
This amazing baby pancake recipe is one I’ve been making for Sidney since he was around 7 months old. They’re baby friendly, toddler friendly, but most importantly delicious and nutritious for kids (and adults) of all ages. Sidney prefers to devour them with a little peanut butter on top.
I hope you give these pancakes a try (no matter what your age) and let me know how you like them by leaving a comment & rating the recipe!
Everything you’ll need to make kid-friendly pancakes
When I say 4 ingredient pancakes I really mean it! You probably already have these simple ingredients in your kitchen to make these banana egg pancakes that are perfect for babies, toddlers, kiddos and even adults. They’re healthy, nutritious and so much fun to make. Plus, there are easy ways to customize them to your little one’s needs.
- Banana: you’ll just need one medium ripe banana in this recipe. Be sure to use one with lots of brown spots to perfectly sweeten the pancakes and make them soft enough for your little one.
- Eggs: these baby banana pancakes also have two eggs for the perfect boost of protein. I do not recommend flax eggs or any other sub, sorry!
- Coconut flour: I love using coconut flour in these pancakes to keep them grain & gluten free while adding healthy fats, but I’ve also made them with oat flour, almond flour, whole wheat flour and all purpose. See my notes in the recipe itself.
- Milk: feel free to use any milk you’d like. We prefer dairy free but regular milk or even breastmilk will work just as well.
What makes these banana pancakes perfect for kids and babies?
I absolutely love making these kid-friendly banana pancakes for my 1 year old son Sidney because they pack a huge nutritional punch with super simple ingredients. These baby pancakes:
- Have no added sugars. We try to only give Sidney natural sugars from fruit, and these pancakes have the perfect amount of sweetness from the ripe banana. He loves them! I spread with a thin layer of nut butter and dice into bite-sized pieces.
- Are gluten & grain free. Using a bit of coconut flour keeps these pancakes grain and gluten free, but I love the flavor it gives the pancakes, in addition to healthy fats and fiber!
- Have plenty of protein & fiber. These kid-friendly pancakes pack 15g of protein and 9g of fiber using just 4 simple ingredients! Perfect for growing babies and toddlers to keep them full and satisfied.
- Are packed with healthy fats. Coconut flour also provides a source of healthy fats that are great for your little one’s development. See below for more nutritional boosts!
Add a nutritional boost to these baby pancakes
As I mentioned, these pancakes are great for customizing to your child’s needs and preferences. Feel free to add a teaspoon or two of the following nutritional boosters to the batter of these pancakes:
- Hemp seeds: provide healthy fats, fatty acids and a boost of protein. They also contain high vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
- Chia seeds: are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and contain fiber, iron and calcium, too!
- Flaxseed meal: great for digestion and include omega-3s and fiber.
These ingredients provide even more healthy fats and vitamins that are great for growing babies, toddlers and even adults.
Can I use a different flour in this recipe?
Yes! If you don’t have coconut flour on-hand or your baby, toddler or kiddo has a nut allergy, feel free to use all purpose, whole wheat, oat flour or even infant oat cereal in these banana pancakes.
A note on subbing flours: please note that if you swap flours you may not need to add any milk to the batter. This is because coconut flour is highly absorbent. The batter should be similar to pancake batter, if it’s too thick, add in a teaspoon at a time of milk of choice.
How to make baby friendly pancakes
- Mash your banana. Be sure to use a banana that’s nice and ripe with lots of brown spots on the peel. Mash it in a medium bowl.
- Add your eggs. Crack two eggs into the bowl with the mashed banana and whisk with a fork until well combined. It’s okay if there are some lumps of banana.
- Add flour & milk. Next, add in coconut flour and milk and mix to combine. The batter should be similar to traditional pancake batter; if it’s way too thick, you may need to add in more milk, however it’s important you only start with a teaspoon at a time.
- Cook your pancakes. Lightly coat a nonstick pan or nonstick griddle with butter, coconut oil, vegan butter or olive oil and place over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add 1 heaping tablespoon of the batter to the griddle for each pancake and cook for 2-3 minutes until pancakes slightly puff up and you see a few bubbles along the edges.
- Flip & serve. Flip the cakes and cook until golden brown on the underside. If you find that pancakes are browning too quickly then you need to lower the heat. I normally start on medium heat, then decrease to medium low later so that my pancakes don’t burn. Wipe the skillet clean and repeat. Feel free to serve as is or spread with a thin layer of nut butter or yogurt!
Can I use these pancakes for baby led weaning?
Absolutely! Baby led weaning is a style of feeding babies and infants where they can practice feeding themselves solid foods. Because these baby pancakes are soft, your baby can experiment eating them with their hands, practice with forks, and can even enjoy them before their teeth come in. Just pay attention to how you cut them for your baby’s age. If you want to make the pancakes softer, then make sure the banana you use is incredibly ripe and you might want to add slightly more milk.
Healthy banana pancakes for all ages
Good news: these banana egg pancakes aren’t just for babies and kids! They actually make a delicious and nutritious breakfast for kids and adults of all ages. Once your kiddo is a bit older, this recipe is a great activity for you two to make together! Feel free to add a few mini chocolate chips for a fun breakfast treat.
Freezer-friendly baby pancakes
These baby and toddler-friendly banana pancakes are also easy to freeze for later, making them the perfect breakfast for mamas to prep.
- Place the pancakes on a baking sheet so they aren’t touching and place in the freezer for 30 minutes (this is called a flash freeze)
- Then place them in freezer safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Once ready to reheat, simply add pancakes to a plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warm.
Tools you’ll need
- Mixing bowl
- Spatula (use the code ‘AMBITIOUS’ for 10% off your first order) — a smaller flexible spatula will work best for this recipe!
Get more of my kitchen essentials here.
More kid-friendly pancake recipes to try
- Outrageously Fluffy Vegan Pancakes
- The Best Almond Flour Pancakes
- Fluffy Yogurt Pancakes (high protein, gluten free)
- Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (made right in the blender!)
- Carrot Cake Pancakes (gluten free + dairy free!)
Get all of our pancake & waffle recipes here!
I hope you and your little ones love these 4-ingredient banana egg pancakes! If you make them be sure to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!
4-Ingredient Banana Pancakes (baby & kid-friendly!)
Baby and kid-friendly banana pancakes made with 4 simple ingredients! These simple baby pancakes are dairy, grain and gluten free, high in protein & fiber, and naturally sweetened. The perfect nutritious breakfast for kids of all ages!
- 1 medium ripe banana (best with brown spots)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour*
- 1 tablespoon milk of choice (we use dairy free milk)
- **Please see notes for additional nutritional boosters
In a medium bowl, mash your banana. It’s really best if your banana is nice and ripe with brown spots on the peel!
Crack two eggs into the bowl with the mashed banana and whisk with a fork until well combined. It’s okay if there are lumps of banana. Next, add in coconut flour and milk and mix to combine. Batter should be similar to traditional pancake batter; if it’s way too thick, you may need to add in more milk, however it’s important you only start with a teaspoon at a time.
Lightly coat a nonstick pan or nonstick griddle with butter, coconut oil, vegan butter or olive oil and place over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add 1 heaping tablespoon of the batter to the griddle for each pancake and cook for 2-3 minutes until pancakes slightly puff up, are golden underneath and you see a few bubbles along the edges.
Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on the underside. If you find that pancakes are browning too quickly then you need to lower the heat. I normally start on medium heat, then decrease to medium low later so that my pancakes don't burn. If at any point your griddle starts smoking or if your pancakes are burning, it means your pan is too hot.
Wipe the skillet clean and repeat with more oil/butter and remaining batter. Makes 9 mini pancakes total. Serves 1. Feel free to serve as is or spread with nut butter or yogurt! Please serve to your baby/toddler in sizes that are appropriate for their eating abilities.
*Feel free to use any flour you’d like here. I’ve found that all purpose, whole wheat and oat flour all work well. You can even use an infant oat cereal if you’d like. However, if you swap flours, it’s important to know that you may not need to add any milk to the batter. This is because coconut flour is highly absorbent. The batter should be similar to pancake batter, if it’s too thick, add in a teaspoon at a time of milk of choice.
**To add additional nutrition to the batter, feel free to add in a teaspoon or two of the following: hemp seeds, chia seeds and/or flaxseed meal. These have amazing nutrition and vitamins for babies and toddlers (and adults, too!)
If you’d like you can also add in ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter for delicious banana bread flavor.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats
Can I use almond flour?!
Yes, that should work! Check out the full post and notes section for tips on swapping the flours.
My 2 year old loves these. Made them for a quick lunch today, I usd 2 tablespoons of the kodiak protein pancake mix. They were delicious.
Perfect! Love that!
Could I add a litte bit of baking powder to help the pancakes rise ?
You don’t need to, the pancakes will rise a bit on their own! 🙂 But 1/2 teaspoon baking powder wouldn’t hurt either.
I’m not sure. I cook all the time. Make your cinnamon rolls. And I could not get these to come out….
Sorry to hear that! I wish I could help troubleshoot. What issues were you having with these?
Approved by a very picky toddler! Used whole wheat flour and added teaspoon of hemp seeds and two teaspoons of ground flax, had to use a little more flour than called for and no milk
I’m so glad you both loved them! Yay!!
My twins LOVED these pancakes! Love how clean and simple the ingredients are. We used oat milk in place of regular milk.
I’m so glad! Perfect breakfast 🙂
I tried this today for another breakfast option. I am on the weight watchers program. I have been looking for recipes everywhere. I used the same ingredients as use but used PBfit powder in place of flour and I used dairy free cashew milk. It was very delicious! And under WW points, it was only 1 point and if you choose to put sugar free pancake syrup on it that is 1 more point. I think next time I might add blueberries! This is the best breakfast by far that I have found with the lowest points! Thank you so much. It yielded about 3 medium pancakes!
Perfect! So glad you enjoyed!
Delicious! We used to just cook up egg + banana but we love the boost of coconut flour for added nutrition! Perfect for kids and perfect for mom!
Absolutely! Perfect breakfast 🙂
These are the absolute best pancakes for kiddos, love the nutrition and simple ingredient list! And couldn’t be quicker to whip up. I add chia seeds and flax seeds for a boost and double the recipe for a quick breakfast or snack for my boys throughout the week. 110% recommend!
Agreed! So glad they were a hit!
Delicious!! Our 5 year old loves them!! They are naturally sweetened with the banana and I have added chia seeds and cinnamon to them.
So happy to hear that!!
So I have to admit, I tried a different recipe for these and they were a big fail. However these turned out amazing! I only had whole wheat flour and didn’t need to use any milk and my toddler gobbled them up! Thank you!
So glad you gave these a try! Such a great breakfast for the kiddos.
All 3 of my kiddos gave enthusiastic thumbs up for these pancakes!!! They will definitely become a staple for school mornings. They are so easy to make and love that they are full of protein. Thank you so much!
Love that! Perfect breakfast for everyone 🙂
Just made these for my son and he enjoyed them!!
I added hemp seeds and cinnamon to the batter and they turned out great!
Thank you for this toddler friendly recipe! I look forward to more 🙂
Perfect! I’m so glad 🙂
My son (18mo) and I loved these pancakes!! I doubled the recipe and added 2 tsp of hemp and chia seeds and some cinnamon. They turned out perfect and held together!! Some other BLW pancakes don’t hold up at all or when you spread some almond butter on them they fall apart, these did not do those things so they passed the test!
Love it! So happy to hear that!
Finally got around to make these. Approved by the whole family! My 8-month old doesn’t like banana and ate them, my 5-year old, who had a hard time eating breakfast, ate 4! Thanks for another wonderful recipe, Monique!
Amazing! So happy to hear that!
Made these for myself and loved them! I used chickpea flour, oat milk, added flaxseed and topped with peanut butter-so good! I’ve been struggling to find a healthy breakfast that is filling, and these were perfect.
Perfect! Glad you enjoyed!
I love this 4 ingredient recipe! How could I make this recipe work using an egg replacement? Like a flax egg?
Unfortunately I can’t recommend a swap for the egg, sorry! Flax eggs wouldn’t hold up too well in this recipe.
So easy and delicious. There are so many variations of a similar recipe out there, but the consistency of these is the best of any I’ve tried by far. . Plus I always appreciate a single serving recipe.
Oh, I’m SO glad you’re loving these, Colleen! Thank you!
Found these pancakes difficult to flip and flimsy. Used almond flour not coconut flour. Almost looked like scrambled eggs.
Hi, Stephanie. Sorry they didn’t turn out well! Did you add milk to your batter? Since coconut flour is really absorbent, I add the extra milk in the batter, but with something like almond flour (not absorbent) I don’t think you need to use the milk, as mentioned in the recipe notes.
So good and simple! A great healthy breakfast (and fun to make with kids). Definitely a winner!
So happy you’re enjoying these, Sarah!
Our weekly staple! These are the easiest, tastiest pancakes ever, and are loved by the whole family. I love that they don’t have any added sugar, and are safe and healthy for babies. We love making these for our 10month old daughter every weekend – we make a big batch to enjoy all week long. I’ve subbed all different kinds of flour, and use macadamia nut milk. So simple & delicious.
I’m SO happy you and your babe are loving these, Jenna! 🙂
Made these for breakfast this morning. They are Delish! Will definitely be a staple breakfast menu item now.
Yay!! So happy you loved them, Jackie 🙂
I love making these for my 16month old! They are delicious even for me 😀
Haha I feel the same, I always eat a bunch of these when I make them for Sidney 🙂 Glad you love them!
These are delicious and filling! I’ve been making these for awhile now and add a pinch of baking soda and some vanilla to them and they are fantastic. They are a little more spongy than your standard boxed pancakes but fantastic nonetheless. Plus they don’t have a strong banana flavor to them
I’m so happy you’re loving these, Samantha! Thanks for the review 🙂
Made these for my very picky 3 year old with almond flour and no milk. Added in 1 teaspoon flax seed a few chocolate chips and she LOVED them! Thank you!
Made these for my 9 month old this morning. He LOVES food and he absolutely gobbled these up. Added some chia seeds and hemp hearts and topped with some natural PB. These are definitely going to be a breakfast staple in our house. Thank you!!
Aw I’m SO happy to hear that, Katja!! Excited for you guys to make them again soon 🙂
Yummy and filling! I made these for myself but my daughter definitely would’ve liked them.
So happy you enjoyed them! Hope she can try them soon 🙂
My babe loves these pancakes! I started giving them to her around at 9 months old and she’s now one – still her favorite breakfast! I substituted oat flour for the coconut flour and then don’t add the milk.
Aw I’m so glad to hear that she loves them! ❤️
Such an easy and tasty recipe! My little boy devoured them!
We watch our grandson once a week. We don’t usually have bananas in the house ( sometimes hard to find in our small town). Can I substitute baby food jarred bananas and would they hold up if we omit milk since that is more liquid than mashed bananas.
You say you don’t recommend using a flax egg, why is that? Does it affect the taste, texture? My daughter is allergic to egg so I have to use substitutes so will it work with flax egg or do you not recommend because the pancakes don’t turn out at all?
I don’t think the taste or texture would be great, sorry to say! You might like my vegan (egg free) pancake recipe 🙂
I’ve been looking for a site like this for …. Much, much too long!! Thanks
Hi. Can I use almond flour or regular pancake mix?
Hello! Yes almond flour will work, but note that you may not need to add any milk. (This is because the coconut flour in the original recipe is highly absorbent so it needs the liquid.) Hope you enjoy them!
The very first (and only) recipe from AK that I actually didn’t like. Followed the recipe exactly but they tasted very eggy. I could also taste banana as well but I just didn’t like the combo of flavors. The texture was a bit mushy for me.
Sorry to hear that, and I really appreciate the feedback! You might like these banana pancakes better 🙂
I just made these for my 9 month old and he ate two and shredded and played with a third so…. Success? Hahaha. He seems to love them. I cut them into fingertip size pieces as he’s practicing his pincer grasp.
Hahaha I’m so glad!! Happy he loves them 🙂
These were so quick and easy and my two year old loved them! I made them exactly as written and they were a hit.
Curious how long you store in fridge?
Made these for my 1 year old this weekend! He LOVED them!!!!! I froze the rest for quick breakfasts! I’ll def be making again!
YAY!! I’m so glad to hear that. Great call to freeze the rest 🙂
These pancakes were so easy to make . It said they made 9 but somehow I got twelve. I can’t wait for my 1 year old daughter to try them out for breakfast! I like that these pancakes don’t have all that sugar in them.
I had to tweak the recipe quite a bit because it was very runny. Had to double the flour qty and omit the milk. After these tweaks though they were good.
Hi! What kind of flour did you use?
Great recipe! I added blueberries and a super seed mix! I used normal flour, but lactose free whole milk. My husband is a morning runner, so this is the PERFECT post run breakfast!
I’ve had two cans of coconut flour screaming at me to use them! This was the perfect recipe for this flour. Thank you!! These pancakes are really delicious and the perfect size!!!
Perfect! So glad you enjoyed!
Hi- I loved the recipe, I’m 80% vegan and other 20% I divide between fish and dairy because of health needs. My only substitution was I used oat milk and started as suggested with 2 tablespoons of it, I did had to add another 1 1/2 tbsp of oat milk because coconut flour is fluid absorbent to get right consistency of pancake batter and then I tried different pancake sizes but mini pancakes are easier to flip. They came out delicious….. looking forward to trying them out with oat flour or using coconut milk. Thank you for the recipe. Looking forward to trying your other recipes.
Hi! I’m so glad you hear they came out great! Can’t wait for you to try more of my recipes, too 🥰
I used a cast iron to cook these and they burned quickly so I cooked them on low to get them brown. They taste more like eggs with a nice sweetness from the banana. Not sure that I would make these again, but they were interesting to try,
Sorry to hear that! It sounds like something went wrong because they should definitely be fluffy and taste like banana bread! Appreciate the comment, though 🙂
Thank you these were great! I whipped them up so quickly while tackling the baby and new puppy and will definitely add these to our regular breakfast options now. Big bonus they contain a lot of egg for good protein and my baby barely touches eggs
These are great pancakes! My 1 year old loves them! I have made them as written which is delicious, but our favorite way is to double the recipe and use half coconut flour and half whole wheat flour. I also add flax as recommended. These freeze wonderfully and I love being able to pull them out for a quick breakfast. Thank you!
These were easy and good! My picky toddler kind of eats them which is a win and I eat them too! Almost like a crepe.
LOVE this! So glad this recipe is a hit ❤️
fucking discusing one of the wrose things to bake on the site honstly dissippoited
I am sorry to hear this recipe did not turn out as you had hoped, did you change anything about the recipe??