Breakfast with Judah is one of my favorite times of the day. Between 10 and 11 every morning, it’s our time to test out new foods and flavors. He always starts with some combination of solids and then finishes with a bottle of formula. I love watching him discover new tastes and textures and amazingly, there are very few things he doesn’t like. For a while, he didn’t like Cheerios or bananas, but after a couple of weeks, he can’t get enough of either!
Teaching our baby to appreciate food is an important value to us and we want Judah to grow up with a diverse palate and a curiosity about new foods. Lately, I’ve been donning my imaginary chef’s hat in the kitchen, coming up with some creative baby breakfast recipes to shake up our morning routine.
Here are a week’s worth of simple gourmet breakfast ideas for your foodie baby!
Creative Tastes and Textures for Your Baby Gourmand!
From a variety of textures: smooth, crunchy, creamy – to tastes: avocado, blueberry, egg and more – these simple gourmet breakfast ideas for your little foodie will have him or her asking for more!
Greek Yogurt, Cheerios & Smashed Blueberries
Let your baby explore a whole plate of textures and the chance to work on fine motor skills with a simple breakfast of full fat Greek yogurt, Cheerios and smashed blueberries. The berry skin can be tough for baby to gum, so help them out by smashing them right on the high chair tray.
Strawberry Vanilla Oatmeal
Take a traditional baby food (oatmeal) and give it a tasty, gourmet spin. Make your oatmeal as normal, then in your blender, pulse a small handful of washed strawberries with the tops cut off to your baby’s texture preference. Mix the strawberry puree in the oatmeal and add half a cap of pure vanilla extract for an extra tasty finish! Served warm, this is a truly scrumptious treat on a cold winter morning.
"Fried" Bananas with Panko Crumbs
While baby certainly doesn’t need fried foods at this age, you can introduce crispy textures by cutting bananas into coins and coating them with Panko crumbs. Panko are Japanese-style breadcrumbs made from toasted white bread. Your baby will love picking up these crispy banana coins with their fingers!
Applesauce, Toast and Hardboiled Eggs
Hard boil four eggs (two for your baby, two for you!) and scoop out the yolks. Mash the yolks with a fork and a half ounce of breastmilk or formula. Serve with a quarter of toasted bread and a half cup of cinnamon dusted applesauce.
Blueberry & Beet Greek Yogurt
Take a handful of washed blueberries and a half a cooked small red beet and pulse in your blender until a finely textured puree. Mix with a cup of full fat Greek yogurt for a super pink, super tasty breakfast! The blueberry accentuates the tart of the yogurt while the beet adds a mild sweetness and bright color.
Cut a small ripe avocado in half around the pit, twist and pull apart. With a spoon, scoop out the avocado and with a fork, mash it with half a small banana. This protein and potassium-packed breakfast is a filling, savory and sweet morning delight! (Chef’s tip: add a couple of drops of lemon juice to keep the guacamole from turning brown!)
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
You can either make your own at home or opt for a tub of store-bought organic hummus. Roasted red pepper hummus has a little bit more depth of flavor than just plain hummus. Try it with your baby’s favorite crackers, a half of fresh pita round, or see if your baby will eat it right from a spoon!