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Onto today’s post: 20 baby-led weaning breakfast ideas.
Breakfast can be tough because so many popular breakfast foods (yogurt, cereal and oatmeal, among them) don’t obviously lend themselves to a self-feeding approach. But with a little creativity and advance planning, baby can share in just about any of your favourite breaky dishes. Here are 20 ideas to help you pave the way to baby breakfast bliss:
- (Almost) Instant Steel Cut Oatmeal: adjust the recipe to use 3.5 cups of liquid instead of 4 cups. This makes the oatmeal stiffer and easier for baby to pick up. And see the note below re. how to feed oatmeal to baby.
- Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- Apple Pie Oatmeal: Make this (Almost) Instant Steel Cut Oatmeal using 3.5 cups of liquid instead of 4, and when you add the oats stir in one grated (unpeeled) apple, 1/3 cup raisins and 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
- Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Pancakes (spread with pumpkin seed butter for extra nutrition and healthy fat; these are egg, wheat and dairy free)
- Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes (egg, wheat and dairy free)
- Whole Grain Banana Oatmeal Waffles or One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles with halved or quartered grapes
- Two Ingredient Banana Pancakes (wheat free)
- Muffin tin stratas (like these ones, but you can use any combo of cheese, veg and meat that you like)
- Veggie and cheese frittata, like this Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard & Gruyere version
- Eggs scrambled with baby spinach and cheddar or goat cheese
- Hardboiled egg, rice cake spread with hummus, and frozen wild blueberries (beware of purple hands!)
- Morning Glory Muffins and sliced strawberries
- Blueberry Chia Muffins and banana wheels (older baby) or banana matchsticks (younger baby)
- Banana Berry Breakfast Bars
- Olive Oil & Greek Yogurt Snack Cake with Berries (one of my friends and loyal readers regularly makes this for her kids’ breakfasts, and reduces the maple syrup slightly and adds a couple tablespoons of chia seeds)
- Raisin bread french toast sticks with maple-syrup sweetened plain yogurt for dipping: In a shallow bowl/rimmed plate, whisk one large egg with a splash of whole milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon. Soak 4 pieces of raisin bread in the egg mixture, and then fry them in a little butter or coconut oil until the egg is set and golden brown. Cool slightly and cut into strips.
- Overnight Oats/Bircher Muesli (This mixture is viscous enough for baby to eat with his hands. Just drop clumps of it onto his tray/plate. It’s messy, but it works well.)
- Whole grain toast with nut/seed butter, cream cheese or butter, and grated raw apple
- Dry “O” or puff cereal with sliced soft pear (raw)
- Cinnamony-yogurt-coated banana slices: Stir a bit of maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon into plain full-fat yogurt, stir in banana slices, and then drop the yogurty banana slices onto baby’s highchair tray/plate.
*To serve oatmeal to baby, you can (1) offer it on a “pre-loaded” spoon and let baby feed himself (see photo below), (2) make it a day or two ahead of time to let the fridge stiffen it up a little bit, and then warm it up slightly and serve it in small balls or clumps (see photo of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal above), or (3) stir some dried fruit or banana slices into cooked oatmeal, and then serve baby the oatmeal-coated fruit pieces.
**Wheat, nut/seed butters, eggs and dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) are all common allergens, so it’s a good idea to introduce them on their own before combining them with other foods.
Do your babes have any favourite breakfasts? Please share below, and include links to recipes or photos if you’ve got them!