My child is not even two and clearly now has very strong food preferences. 

At 5 months old, my little one ate almost everything. Mango, zaboca, plantain, Oats, Tuna… Hear nah, he smiled and tasted it all. Now? 

Har lorse! At 16 months my small man has learned to spit out food, signal no with his hands and, sad to say, have all out food tantrums. I worry about him not getting enough food. From. Talking to other mommies, this makes me human and apparently all kids seem to go through a picky stage…. 

My solution?  Everything Pancakes. 

In the storm of rejected food,  pancakes offer the warm and fuzzy shelter.  Small man has always loved pancakes, moreso when he started to feedback himself. I’ve  never loaded them up with sugar so, by doing some ingredient swaps, the pancakes he now eats are not only healthy but yummy (though greenish at times).

Basic pancake recipe: 1x1x1x1 = 8

  • One cup flour
  • One egg
  • One table spoon baking power 
  • One teaspoon brown sugar 
  • One cup milk 

Now, the above recipe is the vehicle. The ammended recipes below turn pancakes into your dream vessel for getting a bit of every darn food group your child needs into your little one. 

Healthier. Going from white to oat:

I’m not a fan of white flour. OK I lied. As I strive to be healthier and, well, somehow get back to me pretty baby waistline, I don’t use or consume a lot of white flour. My flour tends to look a lot like my family, brown and mixed up. 

For this, and most recipes I’m confident about, I substitute white flour with wheat and oat flour. 

I make oat flour in my nutribullet. 

About 1.5 cups of dry oats will yield just over a cup of oat flour. It takes seconds to make. The nutribullet is simply a necessity in my busy mommy life. 

Recipe #1: Bannana,  Oat and pumpkin pancakes. 

Yield: 6-8 medium sized pancakes 

  • One cup oat flour (home made) 
  • 1/4 cup mashed pumpkin (canned works but easy to make your own 
  • 1/2 cup grated our pulverized green  apple (skinless, seeded apple placed into nutribullet for 60 seconds with a table spoon of water) 
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla (2 tablespoons of extract if you don’t have the pure stuff) 
  • 1 large mashed banana 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4  cup milk (coconut of almond milk will do if your little one has had nuts) 

Recipe – mix everything together, add two tablespoons to a well buttered pan (yes I use butter) and flip over once bubbles start to form in each pancake. 

Recipe #2: Oat, Mango, spinach pumpkin 

Yield 6-8 medium pancakes 

Recipe: same as above but

  • Swap mashed bannana for 1/4 cup mashed, very ripe mango (I’ve used start, Julie and calabash) 
  • Add 1/2 cup spinach purre (one cup spinach or bhagi leaves with two table spoons water) 
  • Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar (bhagi can be bitter) 

Recipe 3: Zucchini, quinoa, passion fruit and apple pancakes 

Yield: 8-9 medium pancakes 

  • One cup oat flour 
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa (any colour – boiled and steamed with no salt) 
  • 1/4 cup raw pulverized zucchini (peeled and added to nutribullet with one TEASPOON water) 
  • 1 pulverized green apple 
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 tablespoons baking powder 
  • Pulp from one passion fruit 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 

Method: know know the drill by now… 

So basically, you can turn pancakes into vessels of nutrition. Even if you don’t want to go all fancy, you can add smashed green peas to pancake mix and make them more wholesome. 

In the end, a child that’s not hungry is more fun to be around. If only there was a cure for non hunger related tantrums… 

Will pray on that.