If you have a lot of commercial baby cereal left in your storage, then it’s high time you use them to make baby cereal pancakes! These pancakes are not only good for babies or toddlers, but they’ll be enjoyed by your entire family too.
At first, I thought that there’s only one way to make this type of pancake. After searching online, I was amazed by the many ways you can make them tastier and even healthier! If you’re curious to know, keep reading below.
1. The Basic Way
If it’s your first time making some baby cereal pancakes, you can try this very easy recipe. All you need are five ingredients:
- 1 cup flour (whole wheat, white, or both)
- 1 cup rice cereal
- 3 eggs
- 8 tablespoons applesauce
To make the batter, just mix all ingredients in a bowl. When adding water, do it gradually until you achieve the desired consistency. In a heavy pan, cook the batter like you would a regular pancake.
Flip the pancakes when you see that the top starts to bubble. Cook both sides until golden. Watch how to flip a pancake in this video.
The type of flour that you’ll use will affect the texture of your pancake. Due to less gluten content, wheat flour tends to make heavier pancakes. This results in a rubbery texture.
If you want a lighter and fluffier pancake, you can try using all-purpose flour. Although you may achieve a well-textured pancake, you’ll get fewer nutrients. Unlike wheat flour, white flour has less fiber and lacks the vitamins. To get the best of both worlds, you can combine both.
2. Go Gaga With Bananas!
If you want to boost the baby cereal pancake’s nutrition, you can mix 1/2 cup of mashed banana into the batter. Bananas are known for their high potassium content, which can help lower blood pressure and promote good heart function. Although this fruit is naturally sweet, it doesn’t affect your blood sugar because it has low glycemic index.
Bananas will give a sweet, rich, and creamy taste to your pancakes. Select only fresh bananas that are firm, smooth, and bright in appearance. The tops and stems should be unbroken.
If you have bought some unripe bananas, you can speed up the ripening process by storing them in a paper bag. You can also add an apple to the bag to ripen the bananas even faster. Ripe bananas can be chilled in the fridge for a couple of days and in the freezer for about two months.
To mash a banana, simply peel the skin and remove the string. You can also cut both ends before you press it down with a fork or the bottom of a spoon.
3. Try The Veggie Route
A better way to let your toddlers eat vegetables is to cook them in the pancakes. Chop or puree the vegetables, so your kids won’t even know that they’re there. If you have crazy knife skills, you can chop the vegetables yourself; but if you’re in a pinch, you can use a food processor, blender, or vegetable chopper.
Although you can try any vegetable, the most popular choices are broccoli, carrots, and potato. Broccoli is a good source of fiber, potassium, and folate. Select broccoli with floret clusters that are blemish-free and intact.
Carrots are a great source of vitamins A, K, and C. They have high antioxidant benefits which can help prevent cardiovascular disease and colon cancer. When buying carrots, select those that are relatively straight, smooth, and vibrant in color.
Potatoes are good sources of potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. They offer the carbohydrate and energy that your babies or toddlers need. While it’s more convenient to buy potatoes in plastic bags, it is wiser to buy them off the display shelves because you can inspect the condition closely that way. You should choose firm and smooth potatoes.
4. Get A Little Bit Fruity
If you like to experiment with fruits, you can try adding some fresh blueberries or strawberries in the pancake batter. This is a great taste variation if your kids are starting to get tired with bananas. Before you add the fruits into the batter, mash or puree them properly so your babies can eat them safely.
To make blueberry or strawberry purees, you can use fresh or frozen fruits. If you decide to add strawberries, make sure that your children are at least eight months old. When buying fresh blueberries and strawberries, choose those that are free of bruises and blemishes. If possible, choose only organic fruits because it ensures safety from pesticides.
To remove any bacteria, wash the blueberries or strawberries with a solution of one part white vinegar and three parts water. Rinse under tap water and dry. You can leave the blueberries whole, but for strawberries, you need to remove the stems and cut each fruit into quarters.
If underripe or frozen, steam the fruits and cook for about three minutes. In a colander, drain the fruits and rinse with cold water to cease the cooking process. Once dried, puree the fruits in a blender or food processor.
Watch how to make strawberry purees in this video.
5. Spice Them Up!
Another way to create a variation of taste is to mix a dash of vanilla, nutmeg, or cinnamon together with the rest of the batter ingredients. This will give an instant spice on your usual pancake servings. Your babies might not like these spices, but they can be considered if you’re making baby cereal pancakes for your older kids.
Vanilla will give a light aroma and sweetness to your pancakes. Aside from the obvious flavoring, you also get some important health benefits that you may not be aware of. Vanilla is discovered to promote better heart health, improve immunity system, and prevent cancer.
Nutmeg gives an aromatic spice, as well as a savory and sweet flavor to your pancakes. If you’ve purchased a pre-ground nutmeg, use it quickly because the flavor declines over time. Even if used sparingly, it can give a good impact on your health by relieving pain, reduce constipation, and promotes good brain health.
To bring a sweet, woody, and spicy flavor to your pancakes, try using cinnamon. They’re packed with antioxidants that can protect your body from the damaging effects of free radicals. A 2010 study even discovers that cinnamon can prevent cancer.
6. Add Some Baby Food
If your baby insists on self-feeding, you can still offer them the essential nutrients by incorporating baby food in the pancakes. You can use any flavor of baby food depending on the taste preference of your babies. If possible, look for organic and non-GMO products to ensure safety for your kids from chemicals.
Baby food in the market offers several flavors from vegetables and fruits. What I love are those made from a mixture of vegetables and fruits, like these. Adding baby food to the pancake gives it more variety in flavors and nutrients.
When selecting the right baby food, always look out for allergens, like soy, tree nuts, and eggs. For babies 4-6 months old, begin by single-ingredient purees. This can allow you to determine a food allergy easily. After you have tested your child’s tolerance to certain foods, you can try blends to improve flavor.
7. Serve With Toppings
Instead of maple syrup, you can use more healthy toppings for your pancakes. You can try smearing your pancakes with avocado to give your kids their daily share of vitamins E, C, and K. Just mash a ripe avocado with a fork or the back of the spoon.
You can also try drizzling the pancakes with plain yogurt. Aside from calcium, yogurt can improve your health by providing good bacteria in your digestive tract. For more likeability and nutrients, you can mix yogurt with any fruit purees you prefer.
A mixture of cream cheese and fruit purees can also make a tasty topping for your pancakes. Cream cheese has that nice slight tang that complements well to sweet fruit purees. A thin layer of this mixture will upgrade the quality of your pancakes in terms of taste and appearance.
Did you enjoy the list of seven ways on how to make delicious and healthy baby cereal pancakes? Since I love fruits, especially strawberries, I particularly like #4 which is incorporating fruit purees into the pancake batter. You can try everything on this list and get your kids and family craving your pancakes!
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