Made in a blender with just 3 ingredients, these fluffy and moist banana oat pancakes are especially perfect for babies and toddlers.
Banana Oat Pancakes
There are so many things you can make with eggs and banana, like these miracle baby cookies. While I've also made many batches of 2 ingredient pancakes with just banana and eggs, only my youngest enjoys them.
The rest of us prefer these firmer baby pancakes with oats. I also like to add ricotta and hemp seeds for a boost of protein and healthy fats, but these are totally up to you!
And if your baby has an egg allergy, try these eggless pancakes! They are so incredibly light, fluffy, and versatile.
Reasons to love these Healthy Pancakes
- SO easy to to make - 3 ingredients are all you need! Just blend it up, cook, and serve. Perfect for busy mornings.
- Naturally sweet - there is no added sugar, which you want to try to hold off on until 2 years of age. The bananas add just the right amount of sweetness to each bite.
- The soft texture is especially perfect for babies. Serve as a finger food along with some fruits and various topping, if desired. We love drizzling some peanut butter on top.
- Versatile - you can add additional ingredients depending on your mood and season. Add some yogurt or ricotta cheese to make it more filling, grated fruits or vegetables, like apples or carrots. Yum!
Overripe Bananas - adds the perfect amount of sweetness. If you don't like bananas, do try with pumpkin puree, butternut squash, or sweet potatoes!
Eggs - I highly recommend using room temperature eggs as you'll end up with fluffier pancakes. Eggs are also recommended as one of the best first foods for babies according to the USDA dietary guidelines. Here are all the different ways to serve eggs to babies.
Oats - Rolled oats will work best, but you can also use quick oats. Steel cut oats will NOT work. But do try cooking these slightly chewy oats using any of these cooking methods as a great flavor and texture exposure for your baby.
You can keep the recipe to just 3 ingredients or add any of these options for added nutrition, variety, and fun!
- Ricotta - It adds richness and creaminess and helps make these pancakes fluffy. It's also one of the best cheeses for babies. You can also use Greek yogurt.
- Cinnamon - Don't be afraid to add herbs and spices to your baby's food!
- Seeds - hemp seeds, ground flaxseeds, or chia seeds
- Grated carrots - a delicious way to get extra veggies in. You should totally try these carrot pancakes too!
- Grated apples
- Finely chopped fruits - like strawberries
- Chocolate chips - for older kids
- Add all the ingredients (minus hemp seeds if using) into a food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth. Stir in hemp seeds. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes in the blender while you heat your pan.
- Add oil or unsalted butter to a pancake griddle or large non-stick pan and place over medium heat. If you have an electric griddle, warm to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop about 1 tablespoon of the pancake batter (or more for larger pancakes) into the pan.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the edges look set. Flip pancakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
Tips for Success
- After blending, allow the pancake mixture to sit for at least 5 minutes to help firm up and make it easier to drop into the pan.
- Keep the pancakes small size. I suggest adding 1-2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. They will cook faster and be easier to flip.
- You can make them bigger but will need to adjust cooking time. Do NOT raise the heat to make them cook faster. Otherwise you’ll end up with pancakes that are burnt on the outside but still uncooked in the middle.
- Wipe down the pan in between each batch.
These mini three-ingredient pancakes are the perfect size for small hands. You can serve as strips or whole to give them opportunities to practice taking bites.
Here's how to modify the food size and texture of finger foods depending on your baby's age.
While delicious on their own, these banana oat pancakes are the perfect vehicle for all kinds of toppings:
- A drizzle of creamy peanut butter, almond butter, or any nut or seed butter of choice
- Greek yogurt
- Healthy cream cheese frosting
- Honey (NOT for babies under one year of age) or a drizzle of maple syrup - recommend waiting until 2 years of age to introduce added sugars.
- Date syrup if looking for a no added sugar alternative to maple syrup
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Fresh fruit
Easy Breakfast Ideas for babies
Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave (30 seconds at a time) or in the skillet until warmed through.
And here's how to freeze pancakes as well as reheat them so they taste just as good as the day you made them.
Did you make this recipe? Leave a rating below and let me know how you liked the recipe! Your feedback means so much to me!
3 Ingredient Banana Oat Pancakes
- 2 medium bananas (240g peeled or 1 cup mashed)
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 cup (100g) rolled oats
Optional (can choose 1 or all 3)
- ½ cup (120g) whole fat ricotta
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- Add all the ingredients (minus hemp seeds if using) into the food processor or blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth. Stir in hemp seeds. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes in the blender while you heat your pan.
- Add oil/butter to a griddle or large nonstick pan and place over medium heat. Drop 1-2 spoonfuls of pancake batter into the pan. Cook for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown and tiny bubbles appear around the edges. You can gently lift a corner and peek. Using a thin spatula flip and cook 1-2 minutes more (see note).
- I've included my favorite add-ins (I like to add all 3) but feel free to add other options, like grated carrots and finely chopped fruits.
- Refrigerate for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Made these for breakfast on the weekend for me and my 16 month old. I included hemp hearts and the cinnamon, and also mixed in some sliced up blueberries. Wonderful! Felt very nutritious too. Loved the sweet little bursts of fruit. If my husband was joining us I'd make a double batch to ensure there were plenty to go around. I served them with a side of plain greek yogurt with a bit of cinnamon. Thanks Min!
Love the addition of blueberries! You're welcome :).
Can I skip the hemp hearts? Or can I add something else
You can! or add chia or flax seeds for a boost of nutrition
Massive hit with my oats-non-lover baby!
So easy and delishhh!
I'm so glad! Thanks for sharing mama
Hi, would I be able to use regular yogurt instead of ricotta cheese?
I used greek yoghurt and it turn out perfectly and delicious.
Yes! We use yogurt often too!
So good!a hit with adults and baby, and I love the added protein in them. Any suggestions on if I wanted to use a sheet pan and bake in the oven?
So glad to hear! I don't think these pancakes will work in a sheet pan BUT you just gave me a wonderful future recipe idea! 😉
Dipa Baral says
Both of my kids loved it. Thank you.
Oh I'm so glad!!
Tried these with the little one this morning and he LOVED them!!! I couldn’t get get him seconds fast enough! Lol. I tried them for mommy approval and boy are they delicious, wholesome and filling. I love that they are protein packed and nutritious. I, myself, didn’t need any syrup they are just perfect, and I can make the little one pancakes knowing I’m feeding him good ingredients. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!!! 🙂
Yay!! This makes my heart sing ;). Thank you for taking the time to share!!
Hi Min! Can I use thawed bananas for this recipe? I've made it many times and the whole family loves it, but haven't tried with frozen fruit..... ty
Absolutely the best!
A big Thank you from Germany, not only the children are loving these: the aunt who visited us asked for the ingredients and the father is loving them as well (although he wasn‘t liking the beet root dip and thought it’s all a bit too healthy for adults 😄)
Loe it! And too healthy for adults? No such thing haha
This is my daughter's favorite pancake recipe! We serve these every week and have them handy in the freezer for a quick yummy breakfast 😉
These pancakes are awesome and so easy! Thank you, Min. You really have gift for crafting delicious, nutritious and healthy meals. Your recipe books have made my life easier. Blessings!
Aww thank you so much!!
My little one couldn’t get enough of these! Will definitely be making again.
So happy to hear!!
Charlene Tay says
Any substitutions for ricotta?
are you looking for a non-dairy alternative?
Can I use yogurt to sub ricotta?
Sure! I would use Greek yogurt
Mariam Aziz says
These pancakes are so easy to make and are absolutely delicious! My 10 month old and I both enjoyed them.
So glad these were a hit!!
hi! do you know if a flax egg would work for your pancake recipes? thanks, love your blog!
Hi! Thank you for being here! Several moms have shared that it works! Let me know how these turn out for you 😉
Thank you for sharing! My baby loves your recipes. I ordered your bundle ecookbook last night, but i still have not received the downloadable file. Would you be able to check on this please. Thank you!
So glad to hear!! Hmm..I see that the email was sent. Could you check your spam also? I resent the email just in case! If you still don't see it, email me and I'll get things squared away 😉
Thanks for your prompt response! I have received them now.. im so excited to try all of them! Thank you so much!!
yay!! So glad you got them! Hope you guys enjoy all the recipes as much as we do! 😉
When do the hemp seeds get added? The recipe indicates holding off on adding them to the blender.
Thank you SO much for pointing that out! Just added to the instructions 😉
Thank you for sharing, these look great. Do you think I could substitute other seeds - such as sesame or chia seeds for the hemp seeds?