Strawberry Banana Pancake Surprise

Let me preface this post by saying, I am no five star chef. My mother taught me basically nothing about cooking, and my mother in law only taught me just a bit more. As with most things it seems, I’m mostly self-taught and highly experimental. It doesn’t always turn out for the best. Especially in the kitchen. But if at first you don’t succeed… feed it to the dog. (I wish I had a dog.) Really though, this one didn’t turn out half bad!

I’ve had to do some rearranging of my cupboards lately to accommodate the fact that Garrett is eating a lot more solid foods. We also get WIC, so we have literally a ton of jarred baby food. Do you know how much baby food you get from WIC when you breastfeed? It’s a lot. I’m not even sure exactly how many per month, but it’s taking up a considerable amount of cabinet space. So tonight I was searching for something to make for dinner, as once again I forgot to thaw out some meat. We decided to just have breakfast for supper (I staple in this house). But I wanted to mix it up a bit.

We always end up having pancakes, but I felt it needed to have something extra tonight. I was thinking banana pancakes, but my bananas are still quite green. And have you ever made banana pancakes with not-ripe-enough bananas? I haven’t, because that would be gross. So instead of making gross green banana pancakes or plain ole regular pancakes, I turned to that huge supply of jar baby food that I have sitting there.

That’s right. I put baby food in my pancakes.


Jiffy Baking Mix is an absolute staple in my kitchen. I LOVE it.

I even spiced it up a bit and not only went with the bananas, but the strawberry bananas. Garrett loves it, it smells like bananas, and it doesn’t have any other added ingredients, so why not?


I promise you, it blended right in and made my pancakes extra moist. I was worried they’d maybe be too moist, but it wasn’t an issue at all. The taste was subtle but pleasant, and I only got grossed out by the idea of eating baby food one time!

Golden perfection

Golden perfection


Have you ever cooked with baby food? Would you?

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About Ashley

Ashley is the newest writer for One Little Mister. She is a 25 year old preschool teacher and first time mother to son Garrett. Her interests include breastfeeding, crafting, researching child growth and development topics until all hours of the night, drinking lots of coffee, and talking about cricket on twitter.


  1. That is a great idea! I also receive WIC, and seriously there is a ton of baby food when you breastfeed! More than dbl what you get if you formula feed. My son is now starting to prefer table food. So I have a bunch of baby food. And I have been trying to think of ways to use it. Even if I only made these for him, not sure my hubby would eat them, it’s a great way to use what you have and still ensure my lil guy is getting what he needs!

    • Make them and don’t tell him there’s baby food in them. ;-)
      It’s also a good way to transition to table food, because it’s using a familiar flavor. Also good for hiding fruits and vegetables in “yummy” food. :-)

  2. Janet W. says:

    I’ve never cooked with baby food before. It’s never even crossed my mind! But it sounds and looks delicious!

  3. judy gardner says:

    what a great idea using baby food!! i have heard of substituting baby food for oil in cakes but never banana baby food in pancakes! oh, and i loooove to have breakfast for supper. it makes dinner special i think, by changing things up. thanks for the recipe!

  4. I have definitely cooked with baby food. I actually just muffins for my toddler and almost preschooler using baby food squash. They love them!! I bet those pancakes were delicious.

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