Lemon and Maple Pancakes for Baby Led Weaning
One of my absolute favourite recipes to start baby led weaning is pancakes. They are just so super soft and easy for those little hands to manage. You can also pack in as much goodness as possible from veggies to fruit and they even work as a healthy treat too.
Pancakes were, in fact, the very first dish I ever gave to my little dude and he has loved them ever since 🙂
This recipe is another pancake variation but one I know you are going to love! I have made them deliciously lemony, sweetened with just a teenie tiny amount of maple syrup for a treat. You can, however, leave it out for smaller babies and just add a mashed banana to the mixture to make them even healthier.
How do I give my baby pancakes for baby led weaning?
- Make the pancakes roughly the size of the palm of your babies hand (when their hand is stretched open). I use an ice cream scoop to measure them onto a pan. Cook both sides until golden brown, then leave on a plate to cool.
- Make sure your baby is not hangry! This is probably the most important thing when it comes to baby led weaning. This is when your lovely little baby just wants food NOW! It can be really frustrating for them and it makes the experience really unenjoyable for everyone! Especially parents. I always breastfed Oscar about an hour before I gave him solid food. This way he wasn’t ‘hangry’ and the entire feed experience was fun with the screaming and crying!
- With your baby sitting upright, unaided in their highchair, place the cooled pancake on their tray.
- Sit on your hands’ parents! I know that is a hard thing to do when it is your tiny 6-month-old baby and you think they couldn’t possibly be able to feed them self but trust me! Let your baby explore the food, touch it, smell it, pick it up and taste.
- Take photos! lots and lots of photos. Your little baby will love it and watching how great he or she manages soft foods like pancakes will completely put your mind at ease when it comes to baby led weaning.
Pancakes are an amazingly nutritious recipe to make for the entire family. I love that they are not only filling but are also high in protein from both the eggs and milk too. And, if your baby has a gluten allergy you can switch up the flour for buckwheat or oat flour which are both delicious too. I topped mine with a little pomegranate and an extra sprinkle of lemon zest. They were unreal and I just wish I had made more. Devoured on the spot!
The best part about these pancakes is that they are really, really inexpensive to make. The majority of the ingredients; flour, eggs and lemons are part of the Dunnes Stores Everyday Savers range and are only €1 each! Plus you can make a lot of pancakes from a 1.5kg bag of flour!
I really can’t wait for you to try this recipe and if you do don’t forget to tag #babyledfeeding. Any comments and feedback would be amazing too!
Happy Pancake Tuesday (do you really need an excuse to make pancakes though? lol 😀