These sweet potato pancakes are a delicious treat – and ideal to get your baby used to chewing. Naturally sweet, little ones will love the flavour and creamy texture of these orange vegetables that are high in nutritional benefits. High in vitamin A and potassium, sweet potatoes also contain a good amount of fibre, which will help your baby's digestive health. Serve the pancakes just as they are or topped with some chopped fruit for a healthier dessert. You could also replace half the flour with plain wholemeal flour for even more fibre.
150g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
50g caster sugar
250g cooked sweet potato (approx 1 large) - mashed
1 medium egg, whisked
100ml your baby’s usual milk
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Approx 25g unsalted butter to fry
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar.
- Add to the dry ingredients: the sweet potato, the egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir to thoroughly combine.
- Add a teaspoon or so of butter to a large non stick frying pan and place on a medium-high heat. Once the spread has melted and the pan is hot, add a tablespoon or two of the mix to create one pancake. Do the same again to create a second (but don’t over-crowd the pan with a third or they’ll be tricky to flip!)
- Leave for 1 minute to cook, before flipping both over with a spatula or fish slice. Pat down with your spatula to flatten. Continue to cook for another minute or so, patting down as you go. Flip over twice more if you wish. Cook them until they’re golden brown. Then place on a plate with kitchen towel.
- Carry on cooking all the mix, adding about a teaspoon or so butter as you go to lubricate the pan, piling the cooked pancakes up on a plate, with kitchen towel to drain off and separate each one. Serve immediately.
6 top tips for weaning
- Babies are sensitive to the temperature of food, so test a little on the inside of your wrist – it should be no hotter than lukewarm.
- Many recipes can be frozen in little portions – use small pots or an ice cube tray. Before serving, thaw, heat to piping hot, then allow to cool again.
- Babies learn about food when they squish and squash it, so don’t tell them off for playing with their dinner!
- Don’t add salt or sugar when making baby food. Honey should also be avoided until your tot is at least one year old, due to bacteria that’s occasionally present in it.
- After your baby’s first birthday, you can replace formula or breast milk with cow’s milk – but you can breastfeed for as long as you want.
- Don’t feel guilty for using baby food from a jar. You can’t be Supermum all the time!