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Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Beetroot Pancakes for Babies

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Pancakes are one of my favourite foods when doing baby led weaning. Not only are they so simple to make, but they taste delicious and I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who dislikes them, including these amazing beetroot pancakes for babies.

As much as I love a good old fashion scotch pancake or crepes, when it comes to feeding my baby (and my toddler!), it’s important to me that they are getting as many nutrients as possible from their food.

Before now I’ve attempted sweet potato pancakes and butternut squash pancakes, but this week I tried something completely different.

Why Beetroot Pancakes?

I’ve made it my Spring resolution to get to Aldi more and buy their Super Six offers to try and incorporate more fruit and veggies into my diet because I am so guilty of living off ready meals and boring beige foods.

This week one of their offers was on beetroot, a food I don’t ever really eat. Over the past week I’ve incorporated it into salads and placed it on Dexter’s plate along with whatever he is having but invariably it hasn’t been touched, so this afternoon I decided to make pancakes with some of it and they were a huge hit.

Why use Beetroot?

Beetroot is becoming a baby led weaning staple ingredient for us at the moment. Why give beetroot to your baby? Well, it contains a whole load of vitamins and minerals which are great for baby:

  • fibre
  • folate
  • potassium
  • iron
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin b6
  • calcium

All of these nutrients will be beneficial for your baby to consume whilst the fibre could potentially help with constipation.

Did Dex like these beetroot pancakes?

I don’t know if it was the colour of them, the shape or just that they were good old delicious pancakes but he ate the whole lot and I felt a whole lot better that he was getting some veggies in his diet after being at home with Daddy all week and living on fish fingers and sweet potato fries.

How can this recipe be adapted?

Feel free to add a little bit of maple syrup or icing sugar to make the pancakes more palatable for older ones, but for babies under 1, I recommend serving them just as they come.

We followed baby led weaning from six months and Dex didn’t have any sugar until he turned one and although he loves his chocolate now, he never asks me for it.

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Yield: 4 medium sized pancakes

Baby Led Weaning Beetroot Pancakes

Baby Led weaning beetroot pancakes stacked on a chopping board

Super soft and delicious beetroot pancakes, perfect for baby led weaning or a yummy toddler breakfast.


  • 1/2 cooked beetroot
  • 120 gram plain flour
  • 1 eggs
  • whole milk (as much as is required to get the correct consistency)


  1. Chop the cooked beetroot and place it in a blender with a dash of milk. Blend until a purée forms.
  2. Pour the beetroot purée into a bowl and add 120g plain flour and crack an egg into the bowl. Combine with a fork until a batter forms. Add more milk to make the consistency right: it should be quite runny.
  3. Heat a frying pan on medium heat and oil the pan using Frylight or coconut oil. Spoon the batter into the pan. I used pancake shapes but if you don't have these, a heaped tablespoon of batter will make a small pancake perfect for tiny fingers. You should be able to cook three or four pancakes at a time.
  4. Once the batter starts taking shape and you can see tiny bubbles, flip the pancake to cook the other side.
  5. Once cooked, leave the pancakes to cool while you cook the rest.
  6. Serve as is or for older kids sprinkle with a little icing sugar or maple syrup.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g
Dexter and Nicola in the park

Author: Nicola Hughes

Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!

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Monday 9th of January 2023

Hi Nicola, keen to try this recipe here in Australia. I saw your comment clarifying you use "half a pack of one cooked beet" - could you possibly provide a measurement in grams for the beetroot? Thanks!


Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Hello, is it 1/2 cup beets?

Nicola | Mummy to Dex

Thursday 28th of October 2021

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for your comment. In the UK we buy packaged cooked beetroot and for this recipe I used half a pack of one cooked beet :)

I hope that helps!

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