Baby Led Weaning – extremely easy pancakes

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This easy recipe is taken from Jamie Oliver and since discovering it I have never made them any other way. There is no weighing and a lovely, warm breakfast can be made in minutes.

Ingredients

Makes enough for 2 adults and 2 children

  • 1 mug of plain flour
  • 1 mug of milk
  • 1 egg
  • Oil or butter for frying

Examples of Favourite toppings: lemon, sugar, raspberries, maple syrup, bacon, or why not add ground cinnamon and grated apple to the batter.

Method

  1. Simply put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well together.
  2. Your batter is ready! Put your oil or butter into a frying pan on a high heat. When it is hot, ladle in your batter.
  3. Leave to cook for about 3 mins and then next flip over and cook for another 2 mins on the other side.
  4. Eat straight away with your favourite toppings.
  5. Remember that babies under one shouldn’t eat honey.
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My top 10 breakfast recipes

Whether you need a speedy weekday breakfast or a lazy Sunday treat, why not try some of these tasty breakfast delights. Click on your favourite to find the recipe.

1. Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

2. Spinach and Cheese Omelette

3. Crumpets with butter

4. Porridge and blueberries

5. Any chopped fruit with greek yoghurt

6. Greek yoghurt and fruit puree

7. Peanut Butter Toast Fingers (Read this NHS website on when to give babies nuts) 

8. Scrambled Eggs on toast

9. Grilled mackerel on toast (Check for small bones before serving)

10. Fruit Muffins

Advice on Breakfast Cereals

We all know how easy it is to give our children a bowl of cereal on a morning because it is speedy and they seem to be full of fibre and energy.

But…

Be careful, most cereals aimed at children are full of sugar and they have no nutritional value at all. I have scanned the supermarket aisles for healthy cereals but I have pretty much decided that the only ones that I can give my little one are Wholewheat Cheerios or Wheatabix. Most other cereals have such a high sugar content that I would never give them to my child.

Winter Breakfast

Finally Winter seems to have arrived. The mornings are frosty, the days are crisp and now I am just wishing for snow as Christmas draws closer.

My favourite breakfast at this time of year is lovely warm porridge so I have been experimenting with the best way to make it for my little munchkin.

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of porridge oats
  • About 50ml of expressed breastmilk or formula (It is suggested by the NHS that you can use cow’s milk from 12 months, if you choose to use it remember to use the full fat variety)
  • 6 blueberries (Other fruit suggestions; 1/2 mashed banana, puréed pear stired in once cooked or raspberries.)

Method

Spoon your porridge oats into a microwaveable bowl. Make sure the sides of the bowl are quite high as the porridge will rise up in the bowl and can overflow if the bowl is too small.

Add the breastmilk or formula until the oats are covered.

Stir in the blueberries.

Put in the microwave for 2 minutes.

Take out, stir and allow to cool. Check the blueberries are not hot in the middle before giving to your baby.

Feeding Tips

  1. Load the spoon for your child if they are still in the early stages of weaning but hand it to them so they feed themselves.
  2. Put a mat down as porridge oats are a nightmare to get out of carpet.
  3. Once the porridge has cooled completely you can compress it into balls that your baby can pick up with their fingers.

Review

A firm favourite with baby and husband (obviously I make ours with cow’s milk).

Positives: Warm, healthy and full of fruit.

Negatives: Baby may struggle to use the spoon.

9/10

Breakfast – Fruit muffins

Blueberry muffins. These are a great fast or on the move breakfast, they even work as a brilliant afternoon snack with a cup of tea. I discovered these on the 100 days of real food website: click here for original recipe.

Ingredients 

(makes about 12 muffins)

  • 300g wholemeal flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 200ml fresh orange juice
  • 300g of blueberries (other fruits such as raspberry and apricots also work well)
  • Muffin/Cupcake cases

Method

Preheat the oven 400F/ 200C/ Gas 6

Add the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon and nutmeg to a large bowl.

Make a small well in the flour, pour the beaten eggs, vanilla extract, coconut oil and orange juice.

Whisk gently all together to make a batter.

Add the blueberries into the mix.

Place 12 muffin cases into a bun tray.

Use a tablespoon to fill the muffin cases about 3/4 full.

Bake in the oven for 15 mins until turning golden brown.

Enjoy with natural yogurt.

For more recipes and advice on Baby Led Weaning take a look at my website:

www.lowflyingbananas.co.uk

Breakfast – Omelette

Our little munchkin loves breakfast omelettes; they are easy for her to pick up, chew and swallow. You can also change up the ingredients to whatever you have lying around in your fridge. I always cut them up into chip-sized pieces so she can pick them up easily.

Ingredients 

(Feeds one adult and one baby)

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • mature cheddar
  • olive oil for frying

Method

Chop up the spinach.

Drizzle olive oil into a frying pan.

Fry the spinach on a medium heat until soft and dense.

Beat the eggs in a bowl and then pour into the frying pan. Tip and tilt the pan so the mixture covers the whole surface.

Let the egg cook on a medium heat for 2-3 mins or until it is cooked through.

Place strips of mature cheddar onto half the omelette.

Using a spatula flip over half the omelette to cover the cheese, cook for another minute so the cheese melts then slide onto a plate.

Enjoy.

Remember you can substitute the spinach and cheese for other toppings such as red pepper and sweetcorn, cheese and onion, spinach and yellow pepper or just plain cheese.

For more recipes and advice on Baby Led Weaning take a look at my website: www.lowflyingbananas.co.uk

Breakfast – apple and cinnamon pancakes

These pancakes are great as a weekend breakfast treat. They also freeze very easily and you can make them in baby and adult size. Your little one will be able to grab hold of them and you can substitute the apple for blueberries, strawberries or any other fruit that you have to hand.

Ingredients 

(makes about 10 small and 10 medium sized pancakes)

  • 225g of plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 30g of melted butter (melt for 30 seconds in the microwave)
  • 300ml full fat milk (ideal for babies)
  • 3 grated apples
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • olive oil for frying

Method

Put the flour and baking powder in a large bowl.

Make a small well in the flour, pour in the milk, melted butter and the beaten eggs.

Whisk all together until it is a smooth batter.

Stir in the grated apple and ground cinnamon.

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Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan.

Use a ladle to pour the mixture into the hot pan. Cook the pancake until small bubbles appear on the top, this should be about 2-3 mins. Flip it over and repeat the cooking time of 2 mins.

Place the pancake on a warm plate. You can keep them warm on a low heat in the oven or in between two pieces of foil while you cook the others. I manage to fit about three pancakes in one frying pan at a time.

Enjoy your pancakes with honey but remember your baby should not have this until the recommended age of 12 months.

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For more recipes and advice on Baby Led Weaning take a look at my website:

www.lowflyingbananas.co.uk