I have a food allergy baby on my hands. No milk, soy, eggs, or peanut butter allowed. It does bad things. We know for certain the milk and soy do VERY BAD THINGS and we are under a doctor order to avoid the other things…unless we just feel sadistic enough to give it a try and see if we land in the ER. After all the milk and soy issues, I am not willing to go there for the time being. I like when my baby girl feels good and we have NORMAL day-to-day activities that don’t include severe skin rash, diarrhea, and projectile vomiting. Call me crazy, if you will.
So, I would be willing to bet that any parent that has endured food allergies with their infant has experienced how FREAKING DIFFICULT it is to figure out what to feed them. Most especially, during the transition to solid food or if, like my child, as soon as they figure out finger food and feeding themselves, they vehemently refuse ALL pureed food, anything served on a spoon and/or fed TO them by a parent.
Breakfast is, in my opinion, the most difficult meal to come up with something filling, healthy and not all sugar.
My little one will NOT accept any baby cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat or rice. Nada. Won’t take it. I kept trying and trying, but ultimately I choose not to continue that battle. It is not worth the screaming that rings my ears and the frustrations caused to both her and I.
This led me to do a lot of Googling in hopes of discovering something more than cut fruit and Cheerios to feed my 9-12 month old…
I found a recipe for Baby Cereal Pancakes, however, the recipe contains egg yolks and milk, which my daughter cannot have. So I started experimenting with the recipe and can finally say the the 3rd time IS IN FACT the charm. My third batch is not only a success in that the end result actually resembles a pancake, but that my kid actually ate one and seemed to enjoy it. WOOT!!!!!!
I thought I would share my recipe for anyone out there struggling with the same issues…I would hope that any other mommy’s out there in the blogosphere will consider doing the same (sharing!) if they happen to be dealing with food allergies and the struggle for variety and nutrition in their allergy kid’s diet.
Baby Cereal Pancakes
1/2 cup baby cereal oatmeal (or barley)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup baby formula (or milk, soy, rice milk…whatever your child can have)
1/2 cup of applesauce
roughly 1/2 cup of apple juice to start
cinnamon, vanilla extract and/or a mashed up fruit of choice, like banana (optional)
mix all this up and add a dash of water if it is still thick, you want to add a little water or juice until the consistency will pour off the spoon or run through the slats of a fork…not like watery, but it should pour onto the skillet.
I use a non-stick skillet to avoid using butter because my child cannot have butter. Depending on your child, you may want to use a little butter melted in the skillet or non stick spray…or whatever you do if you make normal pancakes.
Pour whatever size pancakes you want and cook until brown on bottom, then flip and brown the other side. Low-Med. Low heat.
I make them small and add a little Karo syrup (like a drop or two) and spread it over the top or I spread a pureed fruit like apple sauce, pears…or whatever fruit you want…on top.
By the way, I tasted them and they actually do taste good!