The traditional way of making pancakes with white flour, milk, eggs, and sugar, is much worse for our body than other healthy options we have. That's why these Banana Chia Pancakes are the PERFECT alternative.
Don't we all just love pancakes? They are really easy to prepare, and I bet if you went to the kitchen right now, you'd already have all the ingredients you need. In my head, they always seemed like a treat though – not a healthy breakfast you could have every day.
But what if we made them with healthier ingredients?
The possibilities are endless and there are numerous recipes on the internet with all kinds of different "healthy" ingredients that all work and all are good.
We chose this one because it uses ingredients that we also have pretty much lying around at home (like the traditional ones) but they are more nutritious and have slightly fewer calories so we can go a bit overboard with the toppings.
Banana Chia Pancakes Ingredients
To make these Banana Chia Pancakes, you will need the following ingredients.
Bananas. Fully ripe bananas would be the choice here because their sweet taste will contribute to the sweet taste of the pancakes. And are easier to blend. But if you have a great blender and are serving to a smaller baby who doesn't really get the sweet taste yet, underripe ones are also a good alternative. are a great food for babies and toddlers because of their taste and texture. Ripe bananas have an additional sweetness to them since the starch has been broken down to simple sugars which also makes them more digestible. Bananas also contain good amounts of vitamins B6 and C, as well as plenty of potassium.
Oats. Rolled oats are our first choice here because they are the easiest to blend into the pancake mixture. are featured in a lot of our recipes, so it should come as no surprise that I always have a surplus of them at home. Apart from being really nutritious and providing all kinds of nutrients that we have already spoken about, they also help make the batter thicker and more "pancakey".
Eggs. We always tend to choose free-range eggs or organic ones because of the better nutritional profile they have.
Chia seeds. They aren't really necessary so if you don't have them at home don't worry, but they do contribute to the overall nutritional value of the pancakes.
Banana Chia Pancakes Nutritional Benefits
Banana. Great source of potassium and vitamins B6 and C.
Oats. Good source of complex carbs and fiber as well as minerals such as magnesium and manganese.
Eggs. Great source of protein and nutrients such as choline, biotin and vitamin B12.
Chia seeds. Provide a good amount of fiber and healthy fats.
How To Make Banana Chia Pancakes
Make the batter. Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth (a blender will help for the oats)
Make the pancakes. Preheat a pan to medium heat. For some additional "good" fats, use a little coconut oil when cooking. Add a little coconut oil. Pour batter to make pancakes as big or small as you like!
Serve. These pancakes are a great recipe for both babies who are following BLW or have already moved from purees to finger food, as well as toddlers and adults, making them a perfect breakfast or snack to have as a family. For toppings, we love to use peanut butter and blueberries (frozen ones for the adults because for some reason they taste amazing with these pancakes) but you can choose any of your liking. You can also throw some blueberries into the batter before cooking. Or leave them plain to enjoy as an easy snack on the go.
Possible Banana Chia Pancakes Variations
Make them egg-free. If you have a baby or family member allergic to eggs, or you haven't introduced eggs into your baby's meal yet, you can make them without eggs. Just take 1 additional tablespoon of chia with 2.5 tablespoons of water and let sit for about 5 - 10 minute to make a chia-egg. And use that to thicken the batter.
Add some spices. To add some variety (and aroma!) to your pancakes, you can do some spice experimenting. Cinnamon is always a good idea but vanilla can also be a great spice to add.
Add some protein and calcium. You can add some milk to the batter for additional protein and calcium. It will make the batter a bit less thick - a consistency that will be similar to the batter for regular pancakes. You will get more of them out of the batter with additional nutritional benefits.
More Baby Finger Food Recipes?
Are you looking for more Baby Finger Food Recipes? Check these out.
Mini Banana Pancakes
- Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth (a blender will help for the oats)
- Preheat a pan to medium heat and add a little coconut oil
- Pour batter to make pancakes as big or small as you like!