Toddler Food & Apple Puree Pancakes for the win

Toddler Feeding Time

This post is brought to you by Heinz but that girl is all  mine, look at the curls!

This photo dates back 8 years at least when Miss E was growing gorgeous ringlets, (now there is not one ringlet left but she does have gloriously thick hair) and learning how to feed herself like a big girl. Our little friend on the left there seems to have enjoyed wearing his meal but he is now an excellent eater too, I promise.  As they say, “healthy eating habits are formed early in life”!

I first got the idea for this blog when Miss E started on solids, it ignited an interest in nutrition for me and ways of making home cooked food achievable. I’m sure every Mum wants the best start in life for their kids and wants to provide healthy, nutritious meals with a wide variety of tastes, textures and flavours etc. However, as we all know, sometimes life gets in the way, time commitments, other children, partners, work, the list goes on and it’s not always possible to make it all yourself all the time or you just may not have the inclination and guess what …that’s okay!

Toddler lunch times

Eating avocado & humous sandwiches (yes it’s a thing) before her 2nd birthday party

Miss E is now 9 I can’t believe how the time has flown. When she was a baby the supermarket baby food was still fairly limited and there were hardly any of those squeezy pouches around either so I pretty much made everything from scratch except for some reason apple puree and the porridge/breakfast type things. When Miss M turned up 22 months later there was a lot more variety available and now it’s huge!

So while I have been reflecting on Toddler food I realised that I actually still use the Heinz apple puree. I do! In my Apple & Cinnamon Pancakes which are suitable for toddlers all the way through to grandparents. (I also use it when I do a pork roast too as I still can’t be bothered making apple sauce!).

Apple Sauce Pancakes

The perky “sun” is of course optional!

The apple puree gives them that touch of sweetness with the added bonus of extra fruit. I like that the Heinz apples (& pears & peaches) are from the Goulburn Valley and they don’t have to travel far to the Heinz Specialist Baby food facility (yes there is such a place) in Euhuca, Victoria. We often have these pancakes for breakfast and the extras go in the lunch boxes for recess, Apple Puree Pancakes for the win!

Here’s the what and how to…

Apple Puree Pancakes

Makes about 12 small pancakes / pikelets

Ingredients

  • 1 C SR Flour (I used a gluten free one)
  • 1 110 g jar Heinz Apple Puree
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 C milk
  • knob of butter for melting in the fry pan

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Melt the butter in the fry pan over a medium heat. Drop dessert spoon sized blobs of batter into the pan and cook until air bubbles appear (about 2 minutes). Turn over and cook the other side until golden.
  3. Repeat until all the mixture is used up.
  4. To make the “sun” you can use any fruit you like really. I used thinly sliced strawberries for the rays, grapes or blueberries for the eyes, opposite for the nose and raspberries cut in half for the mouth. The sliced bananas are clouds!
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While every toddler is a law unto themselves, in my experience, most like pancakes / piklets as they are great finger food and can be eaten out and about without too much of a mess as well. I also used to make mine sweet potato pancakes using a sweet potato puree instead of the apple as a savoury lunch time option.  In fact, I should make some more soon.

You may be wondering why I’m writing about Heinz baby food when my girls are now beyond that stage?  Well, it seems that others around me are right into Toddlerdom at the moment, look at these two cheeky chappies for example, hanging out on our back deck.  They are like old men, so cute.

boy-cousins-web

They also have fairly healthy appetities!

I find the toddlers around me at the moment like:

Meatballs, these are my Honey & Mint Lamb ones but you can hide all sorts of ingredients inside a meatball just add some squeezes of a pouch into the mix too, (but for toddlers I’d probably remove the toothpicks as that could end not so well)!

Honey Mint Lamb Meatballs in the Thermomix

Risottos, our favourites are my Lemony Chicken Pea & Corn one and this easy Baked Zucchini & Tuna Risotto (minimal stirring required) then you are also only making one family meal for the day, again you could squeeze through some extra veggies too.

Croquettes (sound fancy) are also good toddler food – these ones are my Sweet Potato & Mince ones and if you didn’t want to make your own sweet potato puree, again, just add the premade one.

Sweet Potato & mince croquettes

 You can find out more about Heinz and all the “good stuff” here,

Hienz good stuff

 and, if you would like more information on Heinz Baby Food the website is here and you can check them out on Facebook here.

While this is a sponsored post all thoughts & opinions are my own and I only review products / brands that I think maybe of interest or benefit to my readers.

Are you in Toddlerdom? Do / did you use premade baby food? Fancy some Sun Pancakes? 

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16 comments on “Toddler Food & Apple Puree Pancakes for the win

  1. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    July 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I often use the pureed apple in things because it is easy. And I agree that adding a pouch into a family meal can up the veggie content for your toddler without them even noticing.

    • Vicki
      July 12, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      It’s all about making things easy these days isn’t it! x

  2. Renee Wilson
    July 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Those are great ideas. That meatball dish looks like a really healthy meal. My kids would love that 🙂

    • Vicki
      July 12, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Mine are fans of the meatballs too I must make them again soon! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    July 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Forget about the toddlers, I want to eat all of these myself!

  4. Kit@lifethroughthehaze
    July 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Yum! These are really great recipes! Baby & Toddler food is so much better than it was when my kids were babies!
    These days the main reasons I have apple puree in my house is for roast pork!
    We will be definitely trying out some of these recipes xo

  5. Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic
    July 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Those sun pancakes are so cute! And they look delicious! 🙂

    • Vicki
      July 19, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Paula – anything to get them to eat them!

  6. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    July 17, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I never say no to a pancake and I’m all for taking some kitchen shortcuts!

    • Vicki
      July 19, 2016 at 11:08 am

      I love pancakes too!

  7. EssentiallyJess
    July 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I’m so glad we are past the days of toddler food. I use to make all my own as well (these were the days before thermomixes), and while it was easy, it was another job to do. I did love it though. There’s nothing quite like knowing you’ve fed your kids well.

    • Vicki
      July 19, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Sadly I did toddler food before I knew about Thermomixes too, I think I boiled the nutrients out of most things but it was homemade!!! I’ve had more practice now!

  8. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    July 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I like the sound of those apple puree pancakes. I have one who won’t got near a pancake and then my toddler who fights me for them. The girls in this house love a good pancake!

    • Vicki
      July 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Apple puree pancakes for the win!!

  9. jayne
    July 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Great post Vicki – very handy for me with a toddler! and love a good pancake recipe although I end up eating most of the pancakes!

    • Vicki
      July 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Ha I know how that goes although I do put any extras in the lunch boxes to stop me wolfing them down.

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