Baby Cereal Pancakes

A healthy breakfast or snack, these easy Baby Cereal Pancakes make use of common baby foods that often end up going to waste. They’re a perfect first food, or finger food, for hungry babies & toddlers. Something you can feel good about serving, and something they’ll love eating!

Baby Cereal Pancakes on a rectangular white platter with bananas in the background

Why is it that every parent seems to find themselves inundated with baby food at some point, and it always seems to be at the point when the babies no longer want baby food?

This was exactly my predicament with several unused boxes of baby cereal.

I couldn’t just toss them, and at the time, I didn’t have any friends who could make use of them.

pancakes for babies and toddlers using baby cereal, purees, and formula or whole milk on a white serving dish

When I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest, I thought it would be a perfect way to still use the cereal, but also to help my son continue getting used to ‘chewing’ with his new teeth.

These were absolutely perfect for us.

It’s a denser pancake than a traditional batter, but I found that just helped it cook quicker. Best of all, the recipe made a ton, and it’s freezer friendly so I didn’t have to do this every day.

Just pull out however many you need for breakfast or morning snack, and let them thaw.

a child's hand holding a Baby Cereal Pancake

I originally made these for my littlest man when he was just starting to eat and be introduced to table foods. He loved them!

At 3, he still prefers them to ‘normal’ pancakes.

Also, it’s important to note that although this recipe will make a lot due to their miniature size, these freeze extremely well.

To freeze, just place completely cooled pancakes into a freezer safe zip-locking bag. Seal and set in the freezer. When ready to use, just pull out the desired amount, place them on a plate, and allow them to thaw before serving.

Baby Cereal Pancakes layered on a white serving dish

Also, the spices noted in the recipe as optional, like cinnamon and vanilla- you can incorporate those or others as your little one gets older and you want to expand their flavor profiles.

Baby Cereal Pancakes are a seamless way to get them used to complex flavors and create a little foodie at heart.

The same applies with the smashed fruit. Mashed pumpkin makes a wonderful substitution. We’ve even used pureed zucchini, just making sure to have pressed out and soaked up the moisture before pureeing.


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Baby Cereal Pancakes

An easy first finger food pancake recipe this breakfast or snack feature's wholesome ingredients and is 100 % kid-approved.
3.42 from 31 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or 1 1/2 all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baby rice cereal straight from the box
  • 1/2 cup baby oatmeal cereal straight from the box
  • 1 cup formula or milk, depending upon age
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana or other mashed fruit of choice
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or water
  • dash of cinnamon nutmeg, or vanilla (optional)


  • Mix all ingredients together. Add the apple juice, and stir until evenly combined and pancake consistency is reached.
  • Cook on the stove top in a frying pan just as you would 'regular' pancakes. I used a small spoon to drop small dollops of batter onto the pan.
  • Let cool and serve.
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17 thoughts on “Baby Cereal Pancakes

  1. I made these for my granddaughter and she loved them!! Thanks for the recipe it is really a great way to use the baby cereal.

  2. I was hoping for some insight. My pancakes don’t seem to be cooking in the middle (I used low heat and still no luck). I just concerned because of the raw egg. Any ideas? Should I add more flour or egg?

  3. They don’t cook well. I tried to spread them thinner but still the outsides burn before insides are done. I first tried on about medium heat but cooked another batch on medium low heat. Neither worked for me. In an effort to not throw away the pancake mixture I finally put them in my silicone muffin molds and stuck them in the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes. I used about 1tbsp of the mixture in each cup. I kept checking them and the insides just don’t get cooked through even though they were not that thick. I think I should have cooked them a little longer but I was just ready for bed. Y
    ou may be better off with just using a basic pancake recipe and substituting some of the baby cereal for flour which would hopefully allow them to be more fluffy that is what I will be trying tomorrow if I have any energy to try this again.

  4. I made these trying to stretch our food budget because we’re in a tough spot right now. Can’t believe how much food I wasted trying to follow this recipe… And then how much I wasted trying to salvage it! Who is rating these recipes? They don’t cook! Do NOT make these!

    1. I’m really sorry you had this experience with our recipe. I know this is a thicker batter than a normal pancake recipe, but I’ve never had any trouble cooking them through. We spread them thin and let them cook.

  5. I made them & my daughter loves them.
    I did sup the 1/2 banana for a 4oz jar of purée & it worked fine. They’re not half bad I even made me some.

    I’m wondering if these would freeze like normal pancakes. Any insight?

  6. Personally, I think they’re not that great. However, my son really likes them! They don’t cook like your typical pancakes- the batter is much thicker and stickier. When they’re finished this is also the case. I used baby puree instead of fresh fruit, perhaps that affected the consistency and taste. I’ll be making these again! My favorite way to use baby cereal so far!

    1. I never cared for them either, but our kids loved them for years! It was a great way to use up baby cereal, especially to get extra iron into our youngest son who struggled with keeping up his levels for a couple of years.

  7. Instant hit with my 1 year old daughter!! I have a good bit of left over baby cereal and I’m definitely making more to freeze for morning that I don’t have as much time. Thanks for sharing!!

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