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Apple Pancakes for Baby-led Weaning or Toddlers-Dairy free Gluten free 

Apple pancakes are great finger foods for baby lead weaning or toddlers. Pancakes are the simple snack or breakfast option that I often whip for son. I experiment quite a lot with different wholegrain flours and fruits to make nutritious pancakes for my child. 

The good part about these apple pancakes which makes it great for babies and toddlers is that, it doesn’t contain any leavening agents. 

These pancakes are very simple to make. You can literally whip these in 15 minutes with minimal ingredients. All you need is rolled oats, apple and an egg. These pancakes do not require any milk. Moisture from apple and egg will be enough to get the right batter consistency.

If you don’t have rolled oats, you can use wholewheat flour too or any other flour of your choice. I can bet your toddler won’t refuse this for breakfast 

Recipe: makes 4 pancakes


  1. Large Apple: 1 
  2. Large Egg: 1
  3. Rolled Oats flour: 5 tbsps (simply grind rolled oats in a grinder)
  4. Rolled Oats: 2 tbsps 
  5. Butter/Oil for cooking
  6. Cinnamon: 1/4th tsp
  7. Vanilla extract: 1/4th tsp


  • Peel the apple and grate it in a bowl. 
  • Crack an egg straight in a bowl or you can use a separate bowl and lightly whisk it first and then add to apple. Mix it well.
  • Tip in cinnamon and pure vanilla extract. Mix well. 
  • Now add rolled oats flour and 2 tbsps rolled oats. This is optional. I like to keep a bite and texture of rolled oats in pancakes. You can grind it if you want. Mix till everything incorporates. Batter consistency is thick.
  • Heat a nonstick or cast iron pan to a medium heat. Brush it with some butter or oil. Pour 1 scoop or roughly 1/4th cup batter.
  • Cook till top sets and edges start to leave the pan. Gently flip and cook the other side till golden brown. Cook the remaining batter similarly.

How to serve pancakes?

  • Babies 6-9 months old: cut pancakes vertically in the size of your index finger. It is easier for babies to grasp.
  • Babies 9months+: You can cut the pancake to small bite size pieces.
  • Toddlers: Serve the same way as you would serve an adult. You can also smear pancakes with some nut butter fold them and make a little pancake sandwich.


  1. You can swap apple with any other fruit of your choice like peach, strawberry or mango.
  2. You can also experiment with different flours- wholewheat flour or different millet flour.
  3. You can also substitute fruit with a vegetable like carrot or zucchini.
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