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American pancakes for baby-led weaning recipe

This is what we call our “New York Breakfast” (also known as Drop scones and Scotch pancakes). Before Emily, I used to make a Lorraine Pascal’s pancakes. The recipe included tablespoons of sugar (note plural!), a vanilla pod all of which were a no no once our daughter came along as I had visions of her bouncing off the ceiling from all the sugar!

So out came the baby–led weaning cookbook and to my surprise, these pancakes are really tasty without the sugar. The Cinnamon and banana create the flavour so adults like them too. This recipe makes roughly a dozen.

You can also freeze them, just wrap them individually with grease proof paper. I tend to make this full quantity below, as a family of three we eat about 8 at breakfast and have a few left over to freeze so I can easily defrost a couple at a time for our daughter to have.

Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins



  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml Milk
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 banana mashed
  • Dash of oil and a little butter for frying



  • Put the flour and baking powder in the bowl
  • Crack the egg into the middle
  • Slowly add the milk and whisk until all lumps gone
  • Mix in the cinnamon and banana

A tip from Lorraine Pascal is that you can just add everything at once to a smoothie maker and blitz. It takes just 3 mins to prepare this way!

Heat the pan – adding the oil and butter. Once hot, add the pancake mixture, I normally aim for roughly the size of my palm. I tend to use two frying pans to speed this part up as this is the bit that takes the time.

To serve, I tend to add blueberries, strawberries and a yoghurt (or crème fraiche) and a light dusting of icing sugar. I also add a little butter and maple syrup for the adult versions! ;) 


Weaning: This is fine to give babies from six months

Play: My daughter loves to mix everything together (age 3) just watch the part where you pour the milk in – it really is much easier to gradually pour in…  yup, that bit has gone wrong a few times! It is still re-coverable though, don’t worry!

Bring on the mess!

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Source: baby-led weaning cookbook

 Toddler wearing the Apron making American pancakes for breakfast


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