Let’s get a few things out of the way before I get into this recipe:
1. There are no pancake-flipping awards in my future.
2. If you’re trying to impress someone, like your wife who has been waiting your entire marriage for you to make her breakfast in bed, or your future mother-in-law who’s coming over for brunch, or your potential boss at a job interview for that restaurant you’ve always wanted to work at because your lifelong dream is to be a world-renowned chef, maybe don’t use this recipe. And by “maybe” I mean “what are you crazy?”
3. That being said, have a kid with a potentially throat-closing, eye-swelling, epipen-needing allergy to eggs? This recipe is definitely for you.
and 4. Blueberries are the messiest things ever when cooked into pancakes and served to an immature infant whose one and only goal in life is to get food into places food should never ever go and may not be found for several days.
And now that I have convinced you that this is the worst recipe ever, let me just say, it’s not that bad! I ate one and did not want to spit it out. In fact, I might have enjoyed it, though it could have used a little syrup. Isla loved it though, and really, that’s the whole point here. We will return to our regularly scheduled baby-led weaning updates next week with a bunch of new foods, but I thought I’d kick off the weekend with this spectacularly messy recipe for egg-less and milk-less blueberry-banana yogurt pancakes. I searched for weeks to find the perfect recipe and just never found it so I kind of just went with what I already had in the kitchen and made it work. I started from this recipe, but did a bit of replacing of ingredients so I’ve listed the entire recipe all the way at the bottom of this post. Mostly, I just needed to find a recipe that didn’t have eggs and had very few ingredients that Isla had not yet tested. I researched egg substitutes and was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few options. I went with whole milk yogurt, since Isla loves it and eats it nearly every morning for breakfast. Flaxseed is a good option, too, but I didn’t have any on hand (because really, why would I have flaxseed?).
All-in-all, success! Phew.
Blueberry-Banana Yogurt Pancakes (without egg)
(makes approx 12 medium-sized pancakes)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 bananas, mashed
2 tbsp olive oil
2-4 oz (or 4-5 tbsp) organic whole milk yogurt
3/4 cup of water
unsalted butter (for pan)
– mix flour, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl
– whisk in yogurt, banana and olive oil, gradually adding the water to complete the batter
– coat pan with butter, use a ladle to spoon in pancakes, and add a handful of blueberries to each pancake
– cook over medium-high heat, gently flipping when bubbles appear, until both sides are golden. repeat.
I served these without syrup since we’re not giving Isla sugar until she’s one. The blueberries were the key to making sure the pancakes had enough flavor and moisture.