Baby banana pancakes (no egg)
Baby banana no-egg pancakes are an ideal early finger food. They are easy to hold, easy to chew and – importantly – easy to make! You can even freeze the leftovers, then simply pop them in the toaster for a super speedy breakfast another day.
Quick reference dietary information
Dairy, egg & soy free | gluten free option | nut free option | sesame free | vegan
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When you suddenly have to start cooking and baking without eggs, it can feel overwhelming. As one of your first steps, it’s really useful to get an easy egg free pancake recipe under your belt. And these simple no-egg baby banana pancakes are a great one to start with! They are perfect for baby led weaning, toddlers love them, and they can be a fantastic vehicle to get fussier eaters to try new things as toppings. Plus, pancakes at breakfast always feel like a real treat.
What dietary requirements are these baby banana pancakes suitable for?
These baby banana pancakes contain no egg, meaning that they’re suitable for those with egg allergies. They are also dairy free and vegan!
Depending on the plant based milk you use, they can easily be made nut-free. Oat and coconut milk both work well. For those who need a gluten free pancake recipe, this works fine with a straight switch from self raising flour to gluten free self raising flour.
Whichever plant based milk you choose, go for one which is unsweetened and fortified with calcium. This recipe contains a good amount of plant based milk, so it can be a handy way of increasing calcium intake.
How to serve no-egg baby banana pancakes
Pancakes work well as a finger food as they are easy to hold. You may like to start by cutting them into strips, and can then move onto quarters. Or, just see how your baby gets on on grabbing the whole thing! My kids preferred method was to grab a whole pancake, squish a fistful, and eat that 😂
Younger babies will be happy to munch on these banana pancakes plain – which is lucky as toppings definitely add significantly to the mess! As they get older and more of the food actually gets in their mouth you can try:
- A smooth nut butter* . Choose a pure nut version with no added salt or sugar
- A dairy free yogurt spread as a thin layer on top of the pancake
- Raspberry chia jam made with maple syrup instead of honey for under ones
- Mashed banana, sprinkled with chia seeds or desiccated coconut
- A dairy free chocolate spread; my favourite is Mr Organics chocolate and hazelnut spread* . Those with nut allergies can try Violife cocospread, which is also delicious!
An ideal recipe for getting toddlers involved!
One of my kids is a really fussy eater, and I have definitely found that getting her involved in making the food means the likelihood of it getting eaten is much higher. For kids with allergies, this can also be really helpful in increasing their confidence around food and teaching them what they can eat.
This banana pancakes recipe is a great one to get your child involved in – I certainly wouldn’t recommend a toddler flipping pancakes, but the pre-cooking stage is perfect! Mashing a banana is an easy job for little ones, as is stirring all the ingredients together. As they get older, kids can help with the measuring and pouring.
To make baby banana pancakes, you will need:
- A large mixing bowl.
- A small masher. You can use a fork, but I’ve found the best way to mash banana is to use a cocktail muddler!* I make very good use of my cocktail muddler, although rarely for it’s intended purpose unfortunately 😂 . I do however find myself mashing bananas a lot for various recipes, and it’s also handy for mashing avocado etc. These are particularly useful for kids getting involved, as they are easier for little hands to hold.
- A good non-stick frying pan.
- A spatula to flip the pancakes with! I like to use silicon as they don’t scratch the non-stick pans. This* is the set I have, and the turner is the perfect size for flipping pancakes.
Can you freeze baby banana pancakes?
Indeed you can! Initially, lay them out flat on some grease proof paper and freeze. Then you can transfer them into a freezer bag. Doing it this way means you can get one out at a time rather than ending up with a big clump of pancakes…
When you want to use them, a quick and easy way to defrost them is to pop the frozen pancakes in the toaster. It works a treat and is absolute minimum effort. My favourite!
Looking for more baby pancake recipes which contain no eggs?
Then check out this round-up of all our favourite pancake recipes suitable for babies and toddlers. There are a range of sweet and savoury options. I’ve included some nut free and gluten free options, and they are all dairy and egg free!
Baby banana pancakes (no egg)
- 1 large ripe banana
- 120 g self raising flour (normal or GF works)
- Up to 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 ml plant based milk; almond, oat & coconut all work well (choose an unsweetened, calcium fortified version)
- 1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil plus extra for frying
- Peel the banana and break it into chunks into the mixing bowl. Mash it up well.
- Mix in all the other ingredients and give it a good stir until it is well combined. I like the batter quite thick, but you can always add a little more liquid if you prefer.
- Heat up a splash of oil in a non stick pan, then add spoonfuls of the batter and fry for a few minutes each side. Wait until you see bubbles before you do the first flip. Cook the pancakes in batches of three or four at a time; I always add a little more oil in between batches. And I often have two frying pans on the go to meet demand!
- Serve immediately! Any leftovers can be set aside and frozen for another day. They freeze really well, and you can simply defrost in the toaster for a super quick breakfast.
- If you or your child has an allergy, always double check that the recipe and all of the components are suitable. This includes checking ‘may contain’ statements on each ingredient and making your own assessment of risk based on personal circumstances.
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Loved these for my little girl – she is usually pretty fussy but these went down a treat. We tried them ourselves too and they were really tasty. Quick and easy recipe and no faffing around trying to find strange and peculiar ingredients.
Will definitely be making again, not just saving for Pancake Day!