How many mothers have bought rice or another baby cereal for their precious little one, only to find that he or she hates it? It’s actually not that surprising if you taste it yourself – it’s pretty bland stuff.
Well, I have found this great little recipe which is a fantastic way to use up leftover baby cereal and make snacks that the whole family will love, precious little ones included.
Everybody has fond memories of pancakes. This versatile treat can be part of breakfast with bacon or fruit, a sweet treat during the day with jam and cream like traditional English scones, or a simple old-fashioned way to make a tasty dessert.
When being particularly naughty, I smother mine with maple syrup, warm juicy berries, and vanilla ice cream. Once for one of my children’s birthdays, I also sprinkled with edible gold dust. Pancakes can take you as far as your imagination can go.
This recipe uses baby cereal which has been specially balanced to include all the nutrients babies need when they are starting on solids.
It is gentle on their little stomachs. However, if they won’t eat it, or if you just need to have some variety in your baby food, these baby cereal pancakes could be just the ticket.
I’ve found that pancakes can be an excellent way to introduce older siblings to cooking as well; anyone from about three years of age and up can help out in some way, and children from around 7 and up can actually help with the cooking.
It could be a great way for you to get to put your feet up next time a batch of these needs to be made. Also, this recipe requires only the most of basic of kitchen tools; you don’t need anything fancy to make this one. Just a skillet or fry pan of some kind and a spatula for flipping.
Here is my basic recipe, plus some suggested toppings and possible alterations if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. I’ve also included some rules for fluffy pancakes every time.
Step 1: Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl and make a well in the center.
Step 2: In another bowl, combine all wet ingredients using a fork or hand whisk.
Step 3: Put wet ingredients into dry and mix gently, then rest for at least ten minutes.
Step 4: Heat a skillet or fry pan on high and grease it with a small amount of butter.
Step 5: Drop tablespoon sized dollops of batter onto the skillet. You may need to adjust the heat to stop them from burning. When large bubbles appear in the middle of the pancake, turn it over.
Step 6: Flip each pancake quickly using a spatula.
Step 7: Wait until cooked through (around a minute), then remove pancakes to a plate.
Step 8: Grease skillet again with butter and continue making pancakes until the batter is all used up.
Step 9: Put all the dishes in the sink and hope that your partner comes home soon and does them 🙂
You will get better with practice, and because you get to eat all the pancakes, you won’t mind all the practice. This is a fun and simple recipe that mixes up what you can give your baby to eat, particularly useful if you have a fussy baby.
And I find it’s a really helpful, easy and versatile recipe to have under your belt. If you want to share your thoughts about this post, please comment below.
Amy Duncan is the founder of KindMommy, a blog where she's providing helpful information about pregnancy and many useful tips for young parents. Besides writing, Amy loves to cook and travel with her friends and family. You can also find Amy on Twitter (@AmyKindmommy).