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.

Baby Cereal Pancakes: A Tasty Dessert for Your Family

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.

A Tasty Dessert for Your Family

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.

How to Make Baby Cereal Pancakes

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.

How to Make Baby Cereal Pancakes

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.


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup uncooked baby cereal
  • ​1 cup liquid (formula, breast milk or other milk; you can use breast milk storage bags to store them)
  • ​½ cup mashed banana
  • ​1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ​3 egg yolks
  • ​½ cup apple juice

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.

combine the ingredients

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

Some Suggested Toppings

  • Honey
  • Almond butter

  • Nutella
  • Mashed banana
  • Lemon curd
  • ​Pureed apple and cinnamon
  • ​Mashed avocado
  • ​Mashed sweet potato mixed with a dash of maple syrup
  • Scoop of flavored yogurt

Fun Alterations to the Recipe

  • Add ½ cup dark chocolate chips.
  • Add ½ cup sultanas.
  • Instead of banana add ½ cup grated apple and pinch cinnamon.
  • Instead of banana add ½ smashed blueberries.

berries topping

  • Instead of banana add ½ cup mashed mango and ½ cup shaved coconut.
  • Omit banana and make pancakes savory by adding ½ cup grated cheese and ½ cup vegetables such as grated carrot, grated courgette, grated sweet potato, frozen peas or chopped tomato.
  • If you want to omit the eggs, you can instead add small amounts of water and oil until the batter has the desired consistency.
  • If you want a gluten-free option, swap the all-purpose flour for oat flour and add 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • If your baby is a little older, you can omit 1 cup flour and add 1 cup muesli.
  • For a very fun twist, you can add a couple of drops of food coloring to the batter and make pancakes in your child’s favorite color (note that this is no way enhances the nutritional value of the pancakes).


6 Quick Rules for Fluffy Pancakes Every Time

fluffy pancakes

  • Do not overmix the batter as you may make it denser.
  • Make sure you rest the batter and give it some time for the rising agents to work.
  • Ensure your skillet is hot and greased before you put on any batter, it must start cooking the moment it hits the pan.
  • Only flip your pancake once, and in general, don’t prod it too much either.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan, the little cakes must have space to rise and cook, and you need space to flip them cleanly.
  • While you can keep these pancakes to eat later, and they will even freeze, they are best eaten as soon as they are cooked if you want the ultimate light and fluffy pancakes.



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.