{What My Baby's Eating} Whole wheat tahini pancakes

By | January 9, 2014


Is my little boy a baby or a toddler? He’s 13 months but he isn’t totally walking yet. Does that make him a tod-aby? A boddler? Hmm. Boddler sounds kind of interesting.

Whatever he is, he’s eating lots of real food, and by real, I mean real. We’re not doing things like processed foods, sugar, or white flour with him. Essentially, all the things I never got as a kid myself are now off-limits to my own kid. My parents weren’t so crazy after all.

So what does he eat? Whole wheat bread baked by his Abba, veggie-grain soups, entire bananas, oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter, cottage cheese and avocados if I’m willing to share them, and things that fit neatly in his hands, like these whole wheat tahini pancakes.


I used my favorite pancake recipe as a base, but I left out the sugar, swapped the all-purpose flour with whole wheat, and used tahini paste instead of butter. They cook quickly and perfectly with just a touch of oil, and the insides are soft and fluffy.

Just ask my boddler.

This could be the first in a series of {What My Baby’s Eating} posts, if there’s interest. If you’d like to see more healthy recipes created with babies/toddlers/kiddos in mind, please let me know in the comments.

Other business: Congrats to Rivka, the winner of the giveaway for The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen! Rivka was entry #61, selected by random.org. She said:

i use whole wheat flour all the time and only oil, never margarine!


rivka on January 9, 2014 at 10:07 am.

I would love to see more recipes that are wholesome and have the little ones in mind!


Tammy on January 9, 2014 at 11:00 am.

I’d love to see more posts about what you feed your bodler!

I’ve got a 7 month old and am always on the lookout for yummy healthy recipes I can give him :)


RD on January 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm.

Lovin the new column! Please keep it up!


Yiska Ben Avraham on January 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm.

THanks for the cooking tips – I am not the best fryer and and need help like this :)

Yes, I’d like the column! (With my usual preference for non-patchke :)) Also it’d be nice to have the benefit of commenters like on the other recipes, to clarify things or to know how well something went over with kids of different ages.

Question: Have you tried and liked these recipes as well? (A baby can love jarred baby food that would gross out a parent!)

Shkoiach on your efforts with him, and may you always have the patience/energy to continue!


Tali Simon on January 10, 2014 at 9:54 am.

Thank you, Yiska! I did try these pancakes, and they’re totally adult-friendly, too. You can’t really taste the tahini flavor, so they’re really just fluffy whole wheat pancakes. I prefer my pancakes fresh, but the baby will eat his defrosted just the same.


Avigayil Warburg on January 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm.

These look awesome- I can’t wait to try them- I would LOVE a column on what to feed your bodler :) My 17 month old only likes food he can hold himself- and I am always looking for new recipes.



ariela on January 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm.

I would love to see more baby/toddler/kid friendly foods


Esther on January 14, 2014 at 8:02 am.

Great idea, would love to see baby/toddler-friendly recipes!


Yael Maizels on January 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm.

My 9 month old is really starting to get interested in food – so I’d love some ideas!


Stefanie on January 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm.

I would love posts on what you make for your “boddler” as I am always looking for for new and wholesome jideas for my kids. Can’t wait to try this one out !


Esther on September 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm.

Tali, Do you think almond butter would work just as well as tahini? I don’t have any in the house!


Tali Simon on September 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm.

Sure! If it seems like it would be hard to mix it into the batter, try warming it first.


Esther on October 1, 2014 at 7:45 am.

Made them this morning with almond butter came out great! I have 13 month old twin boys and they totally scarfed them up…success! Thanks :)


Tali Simon on October 1, 2014 at 8:21 am.

Can’t imagine getting two kids that age to like the same thing at the same time. :) Good work!


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