flipping great fun: how to make perfect pancakes with your toddler

dad making pancakes with his children

When it's drizzling outside and your little ones are peckish and restless, pancakes are a great go-to. But be warned: things often get quite messy!

Never mind the spilt flour, making these fluffy delights is a simple (yet effective) way of treating your children. Plus, if you’re brave enough to get them involved, it keeps them busy too...

sweet treats

It’s Sunday morning and your children need entertaining (and feeding). Whip up a batch of pancakes and I guarantee the whole household will be smiling. Who could say no to a classic stack of American pancakes dripping with syrup? Exactly!

the method

Mix around 100g of plain flour with one teaspoon of baking powder, two tablespoons of caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Whisk in 100ml of milk, one egg and some oil or melted butter until you have a thick, non-lumpy batter.

Heat a non-stick frying pan and add some butter. Drop in a ladle of batter and flip when the top of the pancake starts to bubble. Once you’ve assembled your stack, drizzle with syrup (or jam, or hazelnut spread, or chocolate sauce...) and dig in!

healthy options

Whether you’re trying to cut down on sugar or just working on a balanced diet, there are small hacks to making healthy pancakes for toddlers. Follow the recipe above but switch plain flour for wholewheat. Try toppings that still satisfy a sweet tooth, such as yoghurt and fruit (a great way for sneaking in their five-a-day!).

ways of weaning

When it comes to weaning, I’ve found banana pancakes for toddlers are the best. Firstly, the prep is fun, and secondly, they’re mouthwateringly tasty. So, how do you do it?

Blend one or two bananas with about 130g of rolled oats, one egg, around 235ml of Greek yoghurt, and honey or spices to taste. Cook as usual. Hungry children will love the soft, squidgy texture and you can relax knowing they’re getting their nutrients.

savoury staples

Got a fussy eater on your hands? We’ve all been there. Savoury pancakes are a good way to ensure protein and calcium are a part of their diet.

Follow the same recipe for American pancakes (minus the sugar and with whichever flour you fancy). Fill with protein-rich ham and cheese and roll up or double over. Your little snacker won’t suspect a thing…

toddler tools

Everyone knows the best thing about pancakes is the making – who doesn't love to flip? And getting your toddler involved is easy. Pick up a mini-me baking set – think plastic bowls with rubber grip bottoms to stop spills (hopefully!). Let them whisk up their own ingredients and have you fry them.

If you’re not keen on them cooking, how about the decorating? Grab some fresh fruit and squeezy sauces and challenge your toddler to make a funny face on their pancake. With so many flavours and toppings to choose from – and so much fun to be had – why wait until Shrove Tuesday?


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