Whole Wheat Pancakes from Scratch: Easy Homemade Baby Food

It takes almost no time to whip up a batch of pancakes from scratch.  Pancakes from a mix are filled with chemicals you don’t want your kids to eat, and they come in packaging you have to recycle or throw out.  For even speedier homemade pancakes, Joy explained how pre-mixing the dry ingredients can save even more time.  

Babies love pancakesThe version I use is adapted from the Joy of Cooking’s basic recipe.  I use 100% whole wheat pastry flour.  The pancake is a fairly versatile food–you can experiment with different flours and milks if your kids don’t eat wheat or dairy.  I’ve even forgotten the eggs and had them turn out all right!

This recipe is suitable for babies and kids over one year old.

Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe

Preheat griddle.

Mix together in a large bowl:

1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (or even regular whole wheat flour)

3 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

In another bowl, mix together:

1 ½ cups milk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 eggs

Combine wet and dry ingredients, gently whisk together, and cook pancakes on the griddle.

Pancakes are endlessly adaptable.  Add blueberries, raisins, spices, or nuts to boost nutrition or calories.  I make a whole batch and keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer, then reheat them in the toaster oven for quick snacks.  My daughter, who has always hovered at the lower end of the growth charts, can eat up to four pancakes at a sitting.

I think I finally did it: I found an object that embodies the Green Baby Guide’s motto.  The humble pancake saves time, money, and the planet.


  1. Great recipe – I think even the noncook in me can handle this one. Thanks.

  2. These look yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. These were so yummy! My kids and husband enjoyed them so much!!

  4. This is a great recipe. We have been making pancakes in large quantities for some time and freeze them in individual servings for kids breakfast during the week. I am looking forward to using this reciepe in the future. (just a note…I used honey rather than sugar and added some wheat bran…they turned out fantastic)

  5. Caitlin Young says

    These pancakes were the best homemade I have ever made! They were delicious and flavorful and moist! Thank you for your recipe; I will be using every time from now on! One thing I had to change though were using eggs. I didn’t have any eggs, so I used half a cup of nonfat plain yogurt to replace it and it was awesome!!


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