Our little baby is now a toddler with almost 6 teeth! Accepting how fast he is growing up is hard on both, my husband and myself. We are excite to see him be more independent, his personality unfold and speak his first words.
Baby to Toddler
But, his first day of “school” was very tough on me. It is a toddler program, but still. It was also very tough to understand how he would manage with self-feeding. His teachers are beyond kind and caring, but we know how difficult Ruvir can be at times.
For the first two weeks, I could not figure out why he was not eating the breakfast I sent, the teachers kept saying he is just not interested in eating the pieces of pancake. I knew I had to find another way to make these that was healthy but at the same time nourishing. Turns out there was one special ingredient that was a deal breaker, almond butter!
Oatmeal Flour and Millet Pancake Recipe
- 2 tablespoons organic oatmeal flour
- 1 tablespoon finger millet flour
- 1/2 a banana, (or choose from cooked apple pear, or pumpkin puree)
- pinch of cinnamon or cardamom powder
- 1 teaspoon of almond butter
- Jaggery powder (if needed)
- Few tablespoons of water to get a thick batter consistency
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender for even distribution. I use an immersion blender. Keep it a thick batter.
Heat 1/4 teaspoon or a few drops of ghee in a non-stick pan on medium heat. Add the batter and allow it to spread into a circle and add a few drops of ghee on top.
When the edges get crispy after a few minutes flip it over and after the other side get crispy, take it off.
Wait for it to cool down completely and then cut it into small bite size pieces. My son likes his pancake very very crispy, so I keep it on longer.
For Ruvir, I usually make 3 of these small 4 inch diameter pancakes and anything more beyond that is thrown off of his highchair!
These are great for toddlers and kids, but also parents too! Sometimes when there is extra batter, I eat them. What I love most is the chewy texture and knowing that there is no added sugar. However, if for some reason your puree is not sweet, then add some jaggery powder if needed. Jaggery is pure unrefined sugar that contains a whole load of minerals.
- Finger millet is Kapha pacifying and is loaded with iron and minerals.
- Oatmeal flour is heavy and great because it is Vata and Pitta pacifying.
- Almond butter is also sweet and heavy, Vata pacifying.
These pancakes are great for the vata season- fall and winter because they are very grounding. I would be careful with giving these in spring and summer because they will be too heavy and also heating. If your toddler already has a cold, I would avoid giving these until they are better. Try to use seasonal fruits, if it is the transition time between summer in fall (September) you can use bananas, but once truly in fall season, use seasonal fruits and veggies for the puree.