Amalia’s Favorite Breakfasts

When we started giving Amalia solids, I was so excited to see what she would like and dislike. I didn’t realize at the time how hard it would be to come up with new things for her to eat for every meal! It’s been a fun challenge for sure but breakfast we have down pat.

I rotate between the following breakfast foods because they are all hits in her book. If we go out for brunch, we’ll give her bites of whatever we order but she usually eats at 7:30 or 8am, so most of the time we’re home for her favorite meal of the day.

Scrambled eggs: I cook her eggs in ghee or butter with salt and either parmesan or cheddar cheese. I try to add spinach or onions or some sort of veggie because I know she’ll eat whatever is in the eggs no matter what. The girl loves her eggies, what can I say. I’ve tried making her mini quiches and she’s not a fan which is a bummer because that would be so easy to pre-make and heat up in the mornings.

Oatmeal: I still give her baby oatmeal because it’s fortified with iron which our pediatrician says is good for her brain development. I put a few spoonfuls with hot water, cinnamon, and some sort of fruit like berries or applesauce. I like to mix in chia seeds for Omega-3s too.

Banana pancakes: I learned the recipe for these three ingredient banana pancakes from Inspiralized. I mix one banana with an egg and some cinnamon (and sometimes a pinch of sea salt) and cook them up like regular old pancakes. I cut them up into strips for Amalia to eat.

Baby Smoothie: I mix plain, unsweetened yogurt with avocado, banana, cinnamon, spinach, and sometimes almond butter and either spoon feed it to her or put it into a squeeze pouch for her to feed herself. I usually drink a Daily Harvest smoothie for breakfast and she loves to sip on those too.  Mint/cacao is our favorite!

Fruits with nut butters: Anel loves to eat cherries with peanut butter (totally grosses me out but it’s his thing) so he started giving chopped up cherries (without the pit obviously) with peanut butter on each piece to the baby and she loved it. So sometimes I’ll do peanut butter on banana, almond butter on strawberries, or cashew butter on blueberries. It’s a messy meal but it also makes her very happy so worth it.

Veggie muffins: My whole family loves this gluten free veggie-packed recipe. I have to make multiple batches at a time because they disappear so quickly.

What do your babies like to eat for breakfast? We’re always looking for new ideas. 

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  1. Alisa said:

    We love your banana pancake recipe, you shared it on IG and it is honestly my daughters fave! I’ll have to try the veggie muffins next! Thanks for the great ideas 🙂

    6.22.18 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Oh yay! That makes me so happy. The pancakes are always a hit in my house too. I eat them with almond butter 🙂

      6.25.18 · Reply
  2. Elizabeth said:

    My 13 month old loves those banana pancakes! She refuses to eat eggs, quiche, etc. which bums me out since it’s easy and so nutritious. My husband likes to make regular pancakes or waffles on the weekends and we’ll freeze the leftovers and reheat them for an easy weekday breakfast, usually with some sort of nut butter and fruit or jam. I also try to have a batch of some sort of muffins in the freezer that can be reheated (currently it’s banana). We used to send breakfast to daycare because we didn’t have time to eat it in the mornings at home so all of our meals were easy finger foods that she could do herself, but now that the sun is up at 5 am, so are we (yay!) and have plenty of time to eat at home, so we’ll do oatmeal or yogurt sometimes too since she needs more help with those. [Remember that line from Frozen, “the sky’s awake, so I’m awake and we have to play” … sooooo true with kids!]

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  3. kt coby said:

    Bob’s red mill oatmeal with mashed in banana, cinnamon, and honey. Every single day. It’s a little ridiculous. He freaks out if we don’t let him taste the honey before mixing it in. On weekends he’ll sometimes do a second breakfast with us that’s either crepes, egg-in-a-hole or muffins (or whatever else).

    6.22.18 · Reply
    • Lauren B said:

      I love how quickly they become creatures of habit–such routines! I’m sure you are already well aware of this so feel free to disregard if I’m being overly cautious about someone else’s well-cared-for child but kids shouldn’t have honey before 12 months of age.

      “Honey can contain spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby’s immature digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but potentially fatal illness. These spores are usually harmless to adults and children over 1 year old, because the microorganisms normally found in the intestine keep the bacteria from growing”

      Again, I’m sure you’re informed but in case someone else is reading and looking for meal ideas for their young one .

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  4. Anne Fahlgren said:

    We did a lot of oatmeal mixed with pureed frozen fruit. Our daughter also loved plain Greek yogurt mixed with mashed banana to make it sweet with small chunk of cut up fruit.

    6.22.18 · Reply