I’m always looking for breakfast healthy ideas for the kids. Somehow breakfast is a tricky meal: there is not a lot of time to prepare, we are always in a rush during week days and my kids really like sweet food in the early morning rather than savory ones. Yes, we have our breakfast favorites (plain yogurt with honey + wholewheat toast with homemade jam + fruit + cereals with milk) but I really like to find new ideas to satisfy their sweet taste and at the same time give them a healthy and nutritious meal to start the day full of energy.
The oat zucchini blueberry apple pancakes are loaded with nutrients, naturally gluten and dairy free. Tested with the kids and 100% approved.
They can be served to babies in small tiny pieces starting from 9 months of age, they are a super baby led weaning idea.
If your little one likes oatmeal, she will love this recipe! Oats are naturally gluten free and they are a good substitute for the all purpose flour. I blended them all together with the other ingredients and cooked the pancakes right away. The final consistency had soft lumps inside, like the oatmeal. If your baby is into a super smooth consistency I suggest to prepare the pancake mix the evening before, store it in the refrigerator overnight so that the oats will soak and get super tender and cook the pancakes in the morning.
I sneaked in some green veggies too, it doesn’t hurt 🙂 I used zucchini but you can also try spinach or swiss chard. I also used Kefir instead of yogurt for a totally dairy free recipe. Yes, you can substitute Kefir with regular plain yogurt.
With the suggested quantities I was able to prepare 10/12 small pancakes. I served 2 each to my kids and I froze the remaining ones for crazy mornings. I will simply move the frozen pancakes from the freezer to the toaster and warm/thaw in few minutes!!
The procedure is easy. Start finely grating the zucchini. Squeeze the extra water with your hands. In a food processor add all the ingredients: rolled oats + applesauce + grated zucchini + fresh blueberries + egg + baking powder + baking soda + vanilla extract + kefir (plain, no flavor) + maple syrup + coconut oil. Blend few minutes up until smooth.
Heat a small pan and add one tablespoon of pancake mix. Shake the pan to evenly spread the mix. Cook the pancake 2 minutes, flip on the other side and keep cooking for another minute or two. When you flip the pancake you will see it raising instantly 🙂 it’s a fun thing to see with the kids!!
Serve warm with some honey/yogurt/maple syrup/date syrup and fresh fruit on top. Yum!!
- 1.5 cup rolled oats (150gr.)
- 1/2 cup applesauce (150gr.)
- 1/2 zucchini (finely grated)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup plain kefir (or yogurt)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
Finely grate half zucchini. Squeeze the extra water with your hands.
In a food processor add all the ingredients: oats, grated zucchini, applesauce, blueberries, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, kefir, maple syrup, egg, coconut oil. Blend up until smooth.
Heat a pan and add 1 Tablespoon of mix. Shake the pan to give a nice round shape to the pancake. Cook 2 minutes
When you will see that the bottom part is cooked + bubbles will start forming on the surface, flip the pancake on the other side and keep cooking for another minute.
Stack the pancakes one on top of the other to keep them warm. Enjoy!!