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Baby-Approved Banana Egg Pancake

Thank you to the Egg Nutrition Center for sponsoring this post.

If Riese could talk, and you asked her what her favorite food was, she would most definitely answer: “banana egg pancake!” (Well, that and pulled pork… she has good taste, what can I say.)

baby led weaning egg pancake

When we were first starting to introduce Riese to solids (following the baby led weaning approach – read more about that in a previous blog post: our experience with baby led weaning), scrambled eggs were one of the first foods that I tried. They are such perfect baby food – packed with nutrition, fast and easy to prepare, and nice and soft but firm enough for your little one to pick up. Oh – and not messy. ;)

Given how awesome scrambled eggs are, you can imagine my disappointment when Riese took a bite and immediately gave a huge shudder, and, with a very dramatic “this is so gross” face, spit the scrambled eggs out. Not one to give up easily, I have tried scrambled eggs again and again to no avail. I have also tried fried eggs (with a fully cooked yolk) – fail – and hard boiled eggs – fail again.

Then one day when Riese was about 7 months old, I made myself my favorite Flour Free Protein Pancake (<- full recipe – I make it without the vanilla extract and cinnamon most days), which contains banana, eggs, and ground flaxseed.

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baby led weaning banana egg pancake

On a whim, I put a few small pieces of it on Riese’s tray. And what do you know? She gobbled them down and then looked at me like “Hey mom, you gonna give me some more or do I need to come over there and get it myself?”

Success!

Ever since that day, Riese has been obsessed with this pancake; she loves it as is or topped with plain Greek yogurt or with nut butter. I make it at least a few times a week for us to share, and it stores well in the fridge overnight if you want to make it ahead of time! Now that she’s eating more than just a few bites of it, though, I have to have some toast or something on the side as well because otherwise mama is still hungry. ;)

egg banana pancake for baby

Eggs have 13 essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin D, riboflavin, choline, selenium, and lutein, and one large egg has 6g of high quality protein, so I’m thrilled to have found a way for Riese to join in on my egg habit. I’m also glad she’s enjoying eggs a few times a week because research suggests that introducing allergenic foods, like eggs, into the diet of infants as soon as they are developmentally ready to eat, may actually lower their chances of developing food allergies. (A note: it used to be suggested to wait until after 12 months to introduce egg whites, but that’s no longer the case.)

So, if you’re looking for a creative way to serve eggs to your little one, give my baby-approved banana egg pancake a try! And if you want to mix it up, try my pumpkin banana egg pancake recipe for a seasonal variation on the classic.

If you’re a parent, does your baby/child like eggs? What’s their favorite way to eat them? I’m hoping that as Riese gets older she likes scrambled, hard boiled, and fried eggs too – I’ll keep trying them! They are such a fast, affordable, and convenient protein choice!

Comments

  1. 1

    My son is just a few months younger than Riese and also does not like eggs. I have tried SO many times. I want him to like them since I eat them all the time and they are so easy! He will finally eat them if I mix a little bit of cheddar cheese in with them scrambled. I will have to try this recipe for him, he loves banana! Thanks!

  2. 3

    Hello 👋

    How is your vacation going on,I hope there is a lot of fan and sunny time to spend on December with family!
    Riese is adorable, probably very focus on new places and activities!

    Enjoy the rest the vacation!🎄

  3. 5

    My son loved eggs when we first started introducing foods around 6 months, but now (at 10 months) he won’t eat them. It’s so disappointing! I’ve made similar pancakes for him with egg and banana (no flax) and he will actually eat them, thankfully! I actually make them in large batches and freeze them, so they’re perfect to send with him to the babysitter’s house. I haven’t added flax to them, but I love that idea!

    • 6

      That’s a good tip to make a bunch and freeze them! I have made them a day ahead and refrigerated before, but haven’t tried freezing them – they defrost nicely? Also, what’s your process for batch cooking them? Do you just make multiple in one big pan? I haven’t had much success making them in a large pan, so am open to tips! I always use an omelette pan so do one at a time. :) Try the flax, you can’t taste it and it’s a great source of omega 3 healthy fats!

  4. 7

    My daughter loves scrambled and hard boiled. That is all we have tried but such a nice quick breakfast for weekends when my one year old (born one day before Riese) is hungry and not very patient. We can’t get her to eat much more than eggs, toast, banana muffins (we use the recipe from pbfingers ->banana-oatmeal-blender-muffins-for-baby), cheese, zucchini and any/all types of fruit. I keep providing lots of options but this picky stage is hard! Good luck!

  5. 9

    I make this quite often. I always add oats and top it with fruit.

  6. 11

    I’m so excited to start trying foods out on Zach! I also need to start making this pancake. I have way too much flaxseed leftover from my lactation cookie phase…

  7. 13
    Katie Bangs says:

    My daughter is 17 months and she does not like eggs either, BUT she has eaten them if she can “dip” them in some salsa. I will try this pancake, though! It’s definitely worth a try!

  8. 15

    This was my go to for my little guy! You can also add some spinach for some extra greens. Just use an immersion blender!

  9. 17

    My firstborn ate tons of eggs at that age but alas my second born would not. One day I made veggie fried rice and he gobbled up the eggs in it! I started adding a splash of tamari to scrambled eggs and he ate eggs all the time.

    Now he’s three and has strong opinions about eating eggs…but at least he ate them for awhile. Small victories 😂

  10. 19

    We love those pancakes too! My almost 3 year old and 8 month old are big fans. I don’t put flax in mine Bc I never buy it but I always add cinnamon and vanilla! And top or mix in peanut butter!!

  11. 21
    Roadrunner says:

    What a fun post. Very interesting, thanks!

  12. 22

    I’m not a parent but I love eggs! Glad Riese does too :)

  13. 23

    My three year old will not touch eggs, no matter how they’re cooked. She has never liked them. I keep offering bites of mine to no avail. Maybe someday.

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