Raw, baked, pureed—we love apples any way we can have them and so does your baby, most likely. Apple sauce is among the most popular baby foods, after all. Its naturally sweet taste appeals to any baby’s taste buds, and it’s universally known for its high nutritional value. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, remember?
Though as great as apple sauce is, why not mix it up for your little foodie-in-training? Apple pancakes are a delicious twist on one of the most classic breakfast foods. While it’s common to spice them up with blueberries or chocolate chips, apples add a more subtle sweetness to your pancakes. No sugar is needed as the apples, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon will provide all the flavors you’re looking for. This recipe is also great for when you have extra apple sauce (homemade of course!) lying around.
Makes about 24 silver dollar pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup apple purée
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 large egg
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk (low fat or nondairy may be substituted)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon unsalted butter for cooking pancakes
Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a small bowl.
Put the apple purée, maple syrup, egg, milk and butter into the Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer work bowl fitted with the steam blade. Process the ingredients on chop for about 5 seconds.
Sprinkle the dry ingredients evenly over the wet ingredients in the work bowl. Pulse on chop until ingredients are just combined, about 5 pulses.
Put the remaining butter in a large nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. Once butter melts add the batter into the hot skillet, one tablespoon per pancake, to make silver dollar pancakes.
Cook pancakes about 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute the second.
*Please consult your baby’s pediatrician before introducing new food into their diet.