As a mum I know how busy mornings are with the rush to get ready for work, school and creche. It’s really easy to get stuck in a breakfast rut. So, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite breakfast ideas for babies to help you out! You’ll find ideas for super quick weekday breakfasts, some that can be prepared in advance along with ideas for lazy weekends. The great thing about these ideas is that they are breakfasts that the whole family can enjoy. So ditch the special ‘baby cereals’ and enjoy brekkie together!
Quick Weekday ideas
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY INSTANT OATS
Baby porridge is overly sweetened with fruit concentrates and over-priced. Ordinary instant oat cereals (like Ready Brek or own brand alternatives) are simply oats with added vitamins and iron important for growing babies. Use these products as the basis of a quick healthy breakfast. Make up the oat cereal as instructed, when it’s cooked add in a teaspoon of smooth peanut butter and four mashed strawberries. This a great way of introducing your baby to peanuts for the first time. Once introduced be sure to keep offering smooth peanut butter regularly to prevent food allergies
FORTIFIED CEREAL WITH FRUIT
Packaged cereals get a bad press. However, not all cereals are created equal and there are plenty healthy choices available. Most cereals (apart from Lidl own brand) cereals are fortified with vitamins and iron and in most cases make an important contribution to young children’s iron intakes.
Weetabix, Oatibix, bite-size shredded wheat and low sugar Cheerios are all good choices when you serve with mashed, grated or chopped fresh fruit and whole cow’s milk. Check out our blog articles on choosing a suitable milk and on introducing gluten to your baby.
NUTTY TOAST SOLDIERS WITH PEAR
Toast some bread, top with smooth almond, cashew or hazelnut butter and sliced pear or serve with pear on the side. Keep in mind that while parents need lots of wholegrain foods like wholemeal and wholegrain bread, babies and young children should be introduced to these gradually. It’s not a good idea to give only wholegrain foods to children under two years because they may fill your child up too quickly meaning they don’t get the energy and nutrition they need.
Seriously these pancakes from BBCGoodfood couldn’t be any quicker to make! They also have the advantage of freezing well. This recipe suggests scattering with pecans, fine for anyone over five years old but not younger. Whole and chopped nuts are a choking hazard for young children. If you have time you can ground the nuts in a blender or else simply leave them out!
CARROT CAKE OVERNIGHT OATS
Overnight oats are so handy, they take about ten minutes to make up the night before and then you can forget about them until next morning. Mix ½ finely grated carrot, a big pinch of mixed spice, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, one ripe mashed banana, 90g porridge oats with 300mls milk, cover and leave in the fridge overnight. The trend is to put the ingredients into a glass jar but honestly a bowl will do the same job! A younger baby might prefer a slightly smoother texture initially so simply give them a quick blitz the next day, they might also prefer them warm rather than cold from the fridge. If so, completely reheat and then leave to cool down to room temperature.
Breakfasts to prepare in advance
FRUITY OATY BITES
This recipe from Healthy Little Foodies is easy to make, easy for babies to hold and great for those days when you don’t want to scrap porridge out of your baby’s hair!
FRUIT AND OAT PANCAKES WITH FRUITY SAUCE
Mix 1/2 cup porridge oats, 1/2 cup milk and 1 egg in a large bowl. Add ¼ cup fruit (this could be 1/2 grated apple, mashed banana, frozen berries, or tinned fruit) and mix again. Add 25g melted butter. Sieve in 1/2 cup plain flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Mix but do not beat until smooth. Heat a pan, butter the surface with cooking spray, oil, or butter. Drop spoonfuls of pancake mix on the pan. Turn when bubbles appear. Cook second side until the centre springs back when pressed. Serve with some warmed frozen berries.
FRENCH TOAST WITH ROASTED PEACHES
This is the perfect lazy (if there’s such a thing with young children!) weekend breakfast. Drain a tin of peaches juice, tip in to an ovenproof dish and roast for 30 minutes at 180C or don’t bother and just serve them cold! Lightly beat one egg with 1 tablespoon of milk with a tiny drop of vanilla extract. Rub a little butter over the base of a frying pan and heat the pan. Dip two slices of bread into the egg mixture, making sure the bread is completely covered with egg, put them straight away into the pan. Fry gently for a couple of minutes on each side until golden. Cut into fingers and leave to cool slightly.
BERRY OATY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
This One Handed Cooks recipe works really well when babies are teething or a bit under the weather and not eating. In Ireland, there is a boil notice on all imported frozen fruits. They are still safe to eat but need to be boiled for one minute before using.
BAKED DIPPY EGGS
Another great recipe from BBC Goodfood. These make a change from boiled or scrambled eggs and are perfect for little helpers. If you’re offering to children under one, then leave out the ham in their portion. You can mash or chop to the right texture for your baby.
I hope you enjoy some of these with your family, I will too!