My kid eats. A lot. It takes her an hour to eat dinner and she’s eating the whole time! Which is why I’m constantly on the lookout for new and interesting recipes that would appeal to her AND satisfy her for at least long enough to clean up the dishes from dinner. I was so glad when I found a recipe that did both! I came up with a cute way to serve them, playing off one of my nicknames for her, “Kiddo Bear.” 

I don’t know why I call her that – it just came out one day and it stuck. Well, now we have a delicious and nutritious breakfast to go with the name! 

kiddo bear pancakes sweet potato protein pancakes, sugar-free pancakes, no sugar added

These pancakes are really doing double duty: they are delivering on the nutrition and protein, AND the cute factor. Her face lights up when she sees the bear, and she is excited to eat them. That last point is especially good since lately she’s entered into a slightly picky phase – saying NO to food more often than yes. 

It starts with a pancake that can be gluten-free, and dairy-free, if you need it, which we do. Libby has eczema, and we battle the itches all the time! These are great because depending on who is going to eat them, or if she’s dealing with a flare-up, I can swap out the cottage cheese with a non-dairy yogurt. 

I didn’t add any sugar (that’s right, these are sugar-free pancakes!), but if you find these a little bland you could add a little maple syrup either when serving or to the batter. I didn’t think they needed it really – the sweet potato really delivered on the sweetness! 

kiddo bear pancakes sweet potato protein pancakes

To make the bear, I used a small biscuit cutter to make some ears and also played around with shapes until something looked like a bear. I don’t usually make “cute food” but I kinda dig it! This might be the start of a new trend in my house. 

Add a cut strawberry for a nose, some blueberries for eyes, and a piped whipped cream cheese (which tastes delicious with the pancakes, by the way) and you’ve got yourself a Kiddo Bear Pancake breakfast! 

Your own kiddo bears will love ’em. 

Kiddo Bear Pancakes
Serves 6
A power breakfast for the cutest members of the family. Filling, delicious, and perfect for fall!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2 cups cooked sweet potato, peeled and cut into large chunks
  2. 1 ½ cups cottage cheese or coconut plain yogurt
  3. 1 ½ cups gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  4. 5 large eggs
  5. 4 large egg whites
  6. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
For the Kiddo Bear
  1. Fresh berries, such as strawberries and blueberries
  2. Whipped cream cheese
  3. Plastic sandwich bag for piping
  4. Maple Syrup for serving (optional)
  1. In a blender, puree the cooked sweet potato, cottage cheese, oats, eggs and egg whites, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  2. Preheat a large non-stick skillet (I love using a large electric skillet), or a regular skillet with a little butter or oil, over medium heat. Use a measuring cup and scoop a ⅓ of a cup of batter into the skillet for one pancake. Repeat until your skillet is full. Cook the pancakes until they are golden brown and crisp on the bottom, and bubbles start to form on the top, about 4 minutes per side.
To Make the Kiddo Bear
  1. Place one pancake in the center of a plate. Using a small biscuit cutter on a cutting board, cut two ears from another pancake (you should get four small ears from one pancake). Place the ears under the center pancake, near the top.
  2. Cut a strawberry in half lengthwise and set it cut side down on the center of the large pancake for the nose. Place two berries for eyes.
  3. Scoop a few spoonfuls of whipped cream cheese into a small sandwich bag and snip off a bottom corner. Pipe a mouth directly under the nose. Serve with a smile and a squeeze!
  4. Set syrup on the table for those who want it, and extra berries.
  1. You can make these ahead and wrap them in plastic, put into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Delicious as bears, or as regular pancakes! 😉
Adapted from The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab, and Go, By Toby Amidor
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