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Baby Pancake Recipe Using Rice Cereal & Fruit Topping!

Whether your baby is just starting to explore finger foods or they’ve outgrown being fed rice cereal and baby food and have asserted their newfound independence, this baby pancake recipe is just perfect for them! It’s a great way to use up leftover baby rice cereal and baby food if your baby is beyond that stage now. It is also a great way to incorporate much needed food groups into a baby’s diet when they insist on self feeding.


Rice Cereal Pancakes with baby food and baby cereal as an ingredient. Use baby food as a topping. Great way to use up baby rice cereal and baby food once baby moves to finger foods!

Baby Finger Foods

Often when babies begin feeding themselves, and refusing to be fed by you, they lack all of the nutrients they need. This baby pancake recipe will allow them to still pick up pieces and feed themselves while still getting the necessary nutrients in their diet! It’s the perfect finger food for babies!


Rice Cereal Pancakes with baby food and baby cereal as an ingredient. Use baby food as a topping. Great way to use up baby rice cereal and baby food once baby moves to finger foods!

Baby Pancake Recipe

For this baby pancake recipe you’ll need Beech-Nut Oatmeal baby cereal, Beech-Nut Rice baby cereal and various Beech-Nut baby foods depending on your baby’s favorite flavors. You can use whatever flavors you want in this recipe!


Beech-Nut Transparency in labeling
I specifically recommend using Beech-Nut baby food products because they are transparent in their labeling, offer organic options and they are working with the Non-GMO project to get all of their foods verified (you’ll see the Non-GMO project label on their jars!). Often as parents we wonder what goes into our baby’s food and rightfully so. Beech-Nut recognizes this and has worked hard to be transparent in their labeling. They now offer a specific breakdown of all of their recipes right on their website so you can see the exact percentage of what goes into each flavor of baby food.

This new initiative on Beech-Nut’s behalf is particularly important after recent revelations that other popular baby food companies were touting the inclusion of superfood ingredients like quinoa and kale, but were including them in sparse amounts and using cheap apple puree as the main ingredient. Now you can see how much of those ingredients are actually included in any of Beech-Nut’s baby food so you know what you are buying.

Rice Cereal Pancakes with baby food and baby cereal as an ingredient. Use baby food as a topping. Great way to use up baby rice cereal and baby food once baby moves to finger foods!

To make this baby pancake recipe you will mix together white or wheat flour, rice cereal, oatmeal baby cereal, formula/breastmilk/milk, 1 jar of your favorite Beech-Nut baby food, unsalted butter, egg yolks and juice until it reaches a pancake batter consistency. If it comes out too thick you can thin it with milk.


Rice Cereal Pancakes with baby food and baby cereal as an ingredient. Use baby food as a topping. Great way to use up baby rice cereal and baby food once baby moves to finger foods!

Then cook them on a griddle. I make them in mini sizes so they are easy for my son to pick up. They are awesome toddler finger food or baby finger food. *Try testing one pancake on your griddle first so you can make sure you have the right temperature and consistency for your batter.


Rice Cereal Pancakes with baby food and baby cereal as an ingredient. Use baby food as a topping. Great way to use up baby rice cereal and baby food once baby moves to finger foods!

Then serve the baby pancakes along with Beech-Nut baby food as the topping. Skip the sugary maple syrup (and sticky mess!) and let baby dip their pancakes in the purees instead. It’s yummy and it helps them get their daily fruit servings! Some of our favorites include the apple & pumpkin, just pear & black cherry and I used the just apple & strawberry in the batter. To compliment that I used an apple raspberry juice so the pancakes had a slight berry flavor. You can also use apple juice for a more neutral flavor or omit the juice and just use milk.

Grab the Baby Pancake Recipe below!

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Baby Pancake Recipe using Rice Cereal & Fruit Topping!

Sarah | Must Have Mom
Baby finger food recipe using rice cereal and baby food!
2.21 from 5 votes
Course Breakfast


  • 1 1/2 C white flour or 1 1/2 C wheat flour
  • 1/2 C Beech-Nut Rice Cereal
  • 1/2 C Beech-Nut Oatmeal Cereal
  • 1 C Formula Breastmilk or cow's milk (only if baby is over 12 mos old)
  • 1 Jar 4.25 oz Beech-Nut baby food (any variety)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 3 egg yolks or substitute egg with mashed banana, applesauce, pumpkin, or other pureed fruit/baby food
  • 1/2 C juice apple or any 100% juice flavor to compliment your baby food flavor, optional - may substitute milk
  • Additional milk to thin the batter as needed


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
  • Add additional milk, formula or breastmilk to thin the batter as needed until you reach pancake batter consistency.
  • Pour in mini pancake sizes onto hot griddle and cook until golden on each side. *Test one pancake first to ensure the griddle is the right temperature.
  • Serve with Beech-Nut baby food puree in your baby's favorite fruit flavor.
  • This recipe also freezes well! Freeze on a baking sheet in a single layer until froze solid. Once frozen solid transfer to a large zip top bag. Remove and heat in a toaster oven.

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Baby pancake recipe that uses up leftover rice cereal and baby food! Great baby finger foods or toddler finger food idea!

Supplies we used for this baby pancake recipe:

BLACK+DECKER GD2011B Family Sized Electric Griddle, 20 x 11-Inch, BlackBLACK+DECKER GD2011B Family Sized Electric Griddle, 20 x 11-Inch, BlackBeech-Nut Stage 1 Single Grain Rice Baby Cereal, 8 oz, 8 countBeech-Nut Stage 1 Single Grain Rice Baby Cereal, 8 oz, 8 count3-Pack Beech-Nut Baby Cereal: Rice, Oatmeal, and Multigrain, 8 Oz. Boxes [1 of Each]3-Pack Beech-Nut Baby Cereal: Rice, Oatmeal, and Multigrain, 8 Oz. Boxes [1 of Each]Beech-Nut Stage 1 Single Grain Rice Baby Cereal 8 oz (Pack of 8)Beech-Nut Stage 1 Single Grain Rice Baby Cereal 8 oz (Pack of 8)Beech-Nut Stage 2 Baby Food, Just Pear/Blueberry, 4.0 Ounce (Pack of 10)Beech-Nut Stage 2 Baby Food, Just Pear/Blueberry, 4.0 Ounce (Pack of 10)

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  1. I am going to try to make all of the baby food at home but it’s nice to know I can rely on Beech Nut if I need to since they are all natural!

  2. I always give my boys Beechnut baby food when they were kids. They always really liked it 🙂

  3. my seventh month old just started eating foods. i love how this recipe would be great for all three of my kids and not just the baby.

  4. My “baby” is 3 years old so I’m sad I won’t have the opportunity to try these. Wish I would’ve been creative and created my own when she was a baby.

  5. What an adorable idea. How did I never think of doing something like this. Man, I would even eat them. LOL… Thanks for sharing

  6. What a delicious idea! I could still make this for my youngest grandson and he would enjoy it!

  7. That’s a cute little idea! You make a huge batch of these to keep in the freezer too, then you just thaw them out for a snack or breakfast.

  8. Looks like a great recipe, we’ve tried a couple of different ideas like this but haven’t really been happy with them. Gonna try these out Sunday (our big breakfast day).

  9. Wow, I never would have thought to try something like this for my baby. What a great idea and they look delicious! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty this past week. Come again next week!

  10. This is a great recipe that I can make for my niece and nephew when they come over for a visit. My son liked Beech Nut cereals when he was a kid. This looks fun to make.

  11. Hi, for some reason my pancakes always seem uncooked inside. Is that supposed to be normal? I tried cooking them longer, but they would just burn. What could I be doing wrong?

    1. Sandra, I would start by cooking them on a lower heat and see if that helps the inside finish cooking before the outside burns.

      If that doesn’t help you could try and cut back on the amount of liquid in the mix. Since they have baby food in them they will be more moist than other pancakes but they should not be uncooked in the center.

      Good luck and let me know if that helps at all.

    2. Thank you! I cooked then on the lowest setting on the coolest burner and couldn’t get these to cook on the inside before the burned on the outside and I was even making them the size of an extremely thin half-dollar in an effort to salvage the ingredient. But I never got it to work. I think it’s the juice; it adds too much acid.

      1. I used Gerber apple juice, one 4 oz apple strawberry banana baby food for half cup of fruit puree, 1 cup breast milk, and 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 cup Gerber oatmeal dha cereal, 1/2 cup Gerber rice creal, 3 yolks, 1 tablespoon butter melted for 10 sec in microwave, heated stove top griddle on med high then put pancakes on pan and turned heat down to low, flip when edges look dry like 2 min but watch them then flip turn up cook for 2 min done and start next batch.

        1. Also start off cooking with just one so you can figure out the right temp every stop is different and I noticed at the end I only had to turn heat up and down from low to medium because my griddle stays hot. Hope that helps. My LO loves these dipped in pumpkin babyfood.

  12. I’m sorry, but this was an utter waste of ingredients. I’ve never had such trouble getting pancakes to work out. I had to throw out everything.

    1. I am so sorry you didn’t get them to work out for you. I’ve never had any trouble with getting them to cook before the outside burnt and I always use juice. But I thin with milk and not more juice.

  13. So I tried making these and I have had them on the griddle for about 10 minutes at 375 and they are still mushy in the middle. Are they supposed to be like this?

  14. I attempted to make these little pancakes for my little one. I’m not sure if i did something wrong but when i try them they mught be raw and i cooked until golden brown

  15. I’ve had the same issue as the other moms. They seem really mushy inside. They may be the way they are supposed to cook because of the baby food but since it’s food for my baby, Im not willing to risk it. Which makes me angry because that’s now a waste of an entire cup of breast milk……definitely not trying anymore recipes from here. Maybe next time let people know that the middle will come out mushy and perhaps include a picture so people arent wasting precious milk and food.

    1. Unfortunately I had the same problems as described. 😫 and now feel as if I wasted so much milk and cereal. Bummed. I tried several tests with the same result. Center will not cook. The directions said to thin to the consistency of pancake batter so that is what I did. Middle is raw each time.

  16. I found this recipe not to work for me just like many of you where the pancakes were mushy and Would burn on the outside but not cooked through. I was able to save this by adding more flour and a half teaspoon of baking powder. You’re welcome 🙂

  17. I’m sorry to say I tried the recipe and also had bad results. I made them small, about the size of the jar lids in your photo. The first batch were burned outside and raw batter inside (cooked on medium), so the next I cooked on med-low and 35 min later they were golden brown but still essentially raw inside. I had started with the 1c whole wheat (is that a typo, supposed to be 1.5 like the white flour?) and didn’t thin batter, so I added 1/2c more flour and baking powder as Melanie suggested and they finally cooked, but were much too fluffy and dense for my 9 month old.. Taste was fine but I won’t be using this recipe again.

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had bad results! I will take a look and make sure there isn’t a typo in the wheat flour. Thanks for pointing that out.

  18. I made these for my 22 month old grandson….He loves them.
    I used a mix of half Almond flour and regular flour. I didn’t have baby purée, so I used one container of diced peaches, and I only had the rice cereal, so I added a half cup of the one minute oats, I just mushed the peaches with a fork and used instead of fruit juice. Along with the milk, I added a quarter cup of Greek yogurt. They came out perfect. Light, fluffy, and moist but not mushy!
    I gave original recipe a four. Liked it better after my experimental changes.
    I also did these with chunky homemade sugar free applesauce,, and with strawberry/banana mixture!

  19. Somewhat difficult to get them to cook through. I let them cool for a while off the griddle and they seemed to settle a bit more. The inside was still soft, but I used additional baby food purée and not eggs, so all my ingredients were ok to serve raw or cooked. I just gave them to my son a little soft inside and he loved them! My toddler spit it in the trash right away due to the texture. I think if I make this again I will make them even smaller and thinner, and cook on lower heat for longer. I would use a cooling rack for a couple minutes off the griddle to let them settle too.

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