It really is hard to beat a good old fashioned British pancake.
There are not many desserts that you can make with virtually no food shopping that every member of the family will enjoy.
Whether you only have them once a year on Shrove Tuesday, or enjoy them regularly, there’s no end of fillings that you can add to your pancakes.
But what about toddlers?
Is it really OK to give your little angel a pancake topped with actual pure sugar and lemon juice?
In my opinion, yes, it’s totally fine. It’s a one off and we take a balanced attitude to food.
But it doesn’t help to also serve up some healthy pancake fillings as an alternative.
Here is a basic pancake batter recipe:
100g plain flour
2 large eggs
1 tbsp oil, plus extra for the frying pan
- Sift the flour into a bowl and mix in the eggs, milk and a pinch of salt. Whisk to a smooth batter.
- Over a medium heat, carefully wipe a frying pan with some oiled kitchen paper. Ladle enough of the batter to cover the pan and make a thin pancake. Cook for 1 min on each side (with a flip in between if you are feeling brave), and keep them warm in a low oven.
- Eat, or if you make too many, wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.
So what pancake fillings are healthy for toddlers?
A twist on sugar and lemon – use honey with lemon juice instead (not suitable for babies under 12 months)
An alternative to ice cream – use a good quality flavoured yoghurt with strawberries and blueberries
Ditch the sugary sauces – blitz up some fresh or frozen fruit and drizzle over to help your little one pack in some of their 5 a day
Use up ripe fruit – purée an apple and add a bit of cinnamon, or just mash up a banana, fill and roll
Go savoury – grate some cheese and add some veggies or meat to create a nutritious snack perfect for baby-led weaning and beyond
Use chocolate sparingly – if you’d still like to give your little one a treat, add a few chocolate buttons and chopped banana to a warm pancake before serving
Or if you’d prefer something a little less traditional, try my easy banana pancake recipe – a firm favourite in our house.
What’s your favourite healthy pancake filling?