Cooking for Beansprout, Part 4: 20 Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

I hope you are all enjoying this Cooking for Beansprout series! I’m trying to make it as useful and un-boring as possible, so if you have any ideas for content, suggestions for improvement, etc. I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments below or by email (sarah@kiwiandbean.com).

Also, please share photos of your babes eating these recipes! I have already received several pictures and they are SO cute and so inspiring. Keep ‘em coming! You can send them by email (sarah@kiwiandbean.com) or tag me on Facebook, Instagram (@kiwiandbean) or Twitter (@kiwiandbean).

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:

Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

  1. (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.
  2. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
  3. 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.
  4. Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Pancakes (spread with pumpkin seed butter for extra nutrition and healthy fat; these are egg, wheat and dairy free)
  5. Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes (egg, wheat and dairy free)
  6. Whole Grain Banana Oatmeal Waffles  or One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles with halved or quartered grapes
  7. Two Ingredient Banana Pancakes (wheat free)
  8. Muffin tin stratas (like these ones, but you can use any combo of cheese, veg and meat that you like)
  9. Veggie and cheese frittata, like this Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard & Gruyere version
  10. Eggs scrambled with baby spinach and cheddar or goat cheese
  11. Hardboiled egg, rice cake spread with hummus, and frozen wild blueberries (beware of purple hands!)
  12. Morning Glory Muffins and sliced strawberries
  13. Blueberry Chia Muffins and banana wheels (older baby) or banana matchsticks (younger baby)
  14. Banana Berry Breakfast Bars
  15. 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)
  16. 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.
  17. 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.)
  18. Whole grain toast with nut/seed butter, cream cheese or butter, and grated raw apple
  19. Dry “O” or puff cereal with sliced soft pear (raw)
  20. 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.
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Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

*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.

Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

**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!

Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

15 Responses to Cooking for Beansprout, Part 4: 20 Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

  1. Anna Wright January 17, 2017 at 3:47 am #

    These Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas were cool and awesome. I hope my toddler will have a smack at these. Thank you for posting.

    • Kelli March 11, 2017 at 11:27 am #

      At what age do you recommend starting this? My little one is 8 months now

  2. Amber December 4, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Haven’t actually fed this to my daughter but,

    “O” Cereal dusted banana with frozen yogurt drops

  3. Stephanie August 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    WOuld you recommend these recipes for a 9 month old or wait til she is a little older?

    • Sarah September 6, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

      Absolutely! Great for a 9 month old!

  4. Cath July 22, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Do you have crumpets in the USA? They’re great finger food as they hold lots of butter and fruit compote and babies love the sponge texture.

    • Sarah July 22, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      Good idea! I’m in Canada :-) and we have crumpets here. Yum!

  5. Jennifer July 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    Great ideas! My little guy is just getting started with a few purees, but doesn’t really seem like he is interested in self feeding. Is there a first food you’d recommend to try it out? I’ve given him avocado in a “self feeder” but it doesn’t seem like he’d be able to pick that up off a tray.

    • Sarah July 20, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      Hi Jennifer! Such an exciting time :-). I think the self-feeding comes with practice, and my own experience is that if you just expose them to it every time you sit down for a meal, they will pick it up pretty quick! Avocado is a great first food, but a little slippery. Sweet potatoes are also good — roasted in fingers so that baby can pick them up. I also gave my kids broccoli spears — they have a natural “handle” which is great for self-feeding. Another option is to give him a whole soft pear, peach or nectarine and just let him go at it. My kids enjoyed that right from 6 months. The important part is not to get frustrated and give up. Some kids take a bit longer than others to pick it up. My son was really quick; my daughter took much much longer. Let him go at his own pace. And enjoy!

  6. James May 22, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Wouldn’t pomegranate seeds be a choking risk?

    • Sarah June 5, 2015 at 8:26 am #

      Hi James — depends on the size of the seed I guess. I’ve only ever given my kids tiny pea-size ones and they’ve been ok. But important to do what makes you feel comfortable :-)

  7. Sorrel February 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Thank you thank you…… Baby boo no 2 a determined and adorable self feeder. These breakfast ideas a crackingly genius and I will be making them immediately. I see all sorts of other ideas for future consumption – in the meantime breakfast is saved. Yea!

    • Sarah March 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

      Hope the self-feeder enjoys these recipes, Sorrel!

  8. Jess October 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    You have some amazing ideas! I made your pulled chicken chili just last week! It was a huge hit, even with my picky eaters! With 6 children, it is almost impossible to make something they all enjoy! I am so glad that I stumbled across your page! !!

    • Sarah October 28, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

      Oh my gosh Jess, you have NO idea how happy this makes me :-). Thanks so much for the feedback. The chicken chili is a hit around here too. And wow, 6 children! You must be busy. But how fun!!!

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