The great thing about pancakes is they're so versatile, you can find a way of making them that will keep everyone happy.


Whether it's the traditional Pancake Day lemon and sugar pan-flipper or a US-style buttermilk and maple syrup stacker, whether it's mini-size pancakes for baby-size hands, gluten-free pancakes or pancakes stuffed with savoury fillings, we have some really simple but totally delicious pancake recipes for babies, older children and adults.

Here's our pick of the best pancake recipes

1. Traditional pancakes with lemon


Sometimes only plain and simple – with a squeeze of lemon – will do. Suitable for babies from 6 months.

2. Gluten-free banana pancakes


These banana pancakes are flour-free, super-tasty and designed to be stacked with strawberries and Nutella. Suitable for babies from 6 months – you can omit the almonds and skip the chocolate spread, if you prefer.

3. American buttermilk pancakes


Lovely thick US-style pancakes, served with fruit and drizzles of maple syrup. If you don't have buttermilk, you can substitute whole milk. Suitable for babies from 6 months (without the maple syrup).

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4. Chinese-style pancakes


Give your pancakes a savoury Chinese twist by wrapping them round lightly spiced, stir-fried veg. Makes a great family main meal. Suitable for babies who can manage chunks well.

5. Annabel Karmel's banana, apple and yoghurt pancakes

3 banana apple yoghurt pancakes on a plate

Downsized for baby hands, these finger-food pancakes use ripe bananas for a little natural sweetness. Suitable for babies from 6 months.

6. Gluten-free buttermilk pancakes


For those who don't eat gluten, here's a delicious variation of the US-style buttermilk pancake made with rice flour and xanthan gum. Not suitable for babies.

7. Mini pancakes with summer berry yoghurt


These mini versions of a traditional pancake are served with yoghurt, blended with raspberries and blueberries. Suitable for babies from 8 months.

8. Sweet potato pancakes


Another finger-food twist – this time with sweet potato as the main ingredient. Suitable for babies from 10 months.

9. Chicken and mushroom pancakes


A big-flavoured, finger-food savoury option that older babies, children and grown-ups can all tuck into together. Suitable for babies from 11 months.


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Helen Brown
Helen BrownHead of Content Delivery

Helen is author of the classic advice book Parenting for Dummies and a mum of 3. Before joining MadeForMums, she was Head of Community at Mumsnet and also the Consumer Editor of Mother & Baby.