These Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes check all the boxes: they’re quick and easy to make, a perfect baby led weaning recipe, and can also be enjoyed by your entire family. Not to mention they’re vegan, healthy and darn delicious!
When your baby is ready to start solids, it’s such an exciting time – you finally get to introduce them to different flavors and textures, and integrate them into your family mealtime.
If you’ve decided to go the baby-led weaning route, whereby purees and spoon-feeding are skipped in favor of finger foods your child self-feeds, then we have a great starter food recipe for you to try: our insanely delicious, Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes.
You can easily cut these pancakes into strips or triangles for easy grasping, and babies love the naturally sweet flavor from the blueberries, applesauce and hint of maple syrup – there’s no added sugars in this recipe! They’re also vegan and egg-free, making them a perfect starter food.
And what we love the most: there’s no need to make a special meal just for your baby – the big kids and adults in your home can enjoy these Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes too! They could add nuts, chocolate chips, a drizzle of almond butter and maybe a dollop of whipped cream to dress them up.
With baby-led weaning, your child will learn to eat independently, control their own appetite (they simply stop when they’re full), and get more of a variety of textures and flavors, which is believed to reduce picky eating in the future. Plus, it means less special meals you’ll need to make, and it’s just more fun! Watching your baby explore the food – touching and tasting is quite an experience!
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How to Make Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes
This is such an easy recipe and is perfect for busy mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to prep and cook. There’s no need to drag out a food processor, mixer or blender – all you need is a large bowl and 9 simple ingredients to make the batter.
Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat griddle or frying pan to medium heat. Once heated, turn down to medium low heat.
- Add all ingredients, except blueberries, to a large bowl and stir until just incorporated.
- Fold in blueberries. Pancake batter will appear slightly lumpy which is OK. If batter appears too thin, allow to sit for 3 minutes to thicken. If the batter is too thick, thin with a little almond milk.
- Spray hot griddle with coconut oil spray.
- Spoon ¼ cup of batter onto heated griddle making pancakes that are about 4” wide.
- Cook pancakes until bubbles appears and sides appear to set. Flip and cook for one additional minute.
- Cut into strips or triangles for easy grasping for baby-led weaning, or leave whole and top with your favorite toppings for big kids and adults
We love that with this pancake recipe you only have to wash one bowl afterwards – no separate bowls for wet and dry ingredients, just throw it all in together!
And the result is delicious, fluffy pancakes that are full of whole grains, and healthy ingredients.
Your baby will love to explore the fluffy texture and juicy blueberries – they will soon learn to ask for more!