15 Best Baby Breakfast Recipes

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Surprisingly enough, you have made it through a bunch of baby hurdles only to find yourself confronted with a new one – breakfast! Are you tired of making the same old stuff for breakfast or wondering if the baby is bored of what you keep cooking? Well, your little one has proved to be picky in the past and will continue to do so even with this new thing they are experiencing – solid or semi-solid foods.





Luckily for you, we have done the research and have combed through the best and yummiest recipes out there to compile a whole list of the best breakfast recipes for 1 year old babies. They range from purees to partial solids and even solid chunks to suit the fussiest baby’s tastes and even cater to their nutritional needs. The ideal breakfast is both yummy and packed full of nutrition.

Importance of Breakfast for Babies

A mother feeding her baby

Does the old adage ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ cover babies too? It does! They need the first meal of the day to get themselves up and running. Your little baby needs his kick-starter meal to boost his metabolic processes. Don’t you feel exhausted when you get up and need that first cup of coffee or a fulfilling breakfast? Well, so does baby! All baby breakfast ideas even the variant of baby breakfast recipes, Indian in nature, offer some nutrition, some taste and a whole of filling yumminess.




A healthy breakfast habit from the very start will set your baby up for a healthy lifestyle through their lives. A tip you could try to encourage them to eat has family meals together, so they see the action of breakfast around them and are encouraged to try it themselves. This is particularly useful when you are teaching self-feeding.

Remember not to push solid foods too soon but move from breast milk to formula to purees to chunkier purees before the real solids come into the picture. Wait for the meat and eggs before you think of introducing baby to them and consult the doctor on this.





15 Easy to Make Breakfast Recipes for Babies

Cooking for baby is fun, suited to a variety of tastes and dietary requirements and even mommy’s requirements. There are breakfast recipe ideas ranging from Indian to continental to kooky and who knows what your little boy or girl is going to like. Try them all! Check out the how and what of fifteen great baby breakfast recipes here.

1. Multi-Vegetable Puree

Start with a good old classic puree that can be made of an amalgamation of baby’s favourite vegetables with a couple of yucky nutritious ones thrown in. The yummy combined with these less popular options will sneak them past any baby.




Ingredients

  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Any vegetables you choose
  • Water

How to make





  • Choose the vegetables
  • Dice the vegetables
  • Boil the vegetables in a pressure cooker till tender
  • Put the vegetables and stock in a blender
  • Add the water as required
  • Blend to a smooth puree

2. Banana and Rice Porridge

Porridge is not only yummy goodness for adults but your baby too. It is good for the digestive system and will keep your little one full and give them the burst of energy needed to get through the day. Any cranky baby will smile once they gobble up this mixture of goodness and nutrients.

Ingredients




  • 1 cup rice or rice flakes
  • 1 cup chopped banana
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup formula

How to make

  • Boil the rice or rice flakes till cooked, soft and mashy without any solid grains.
  • Add chopped bananas
  • Add formula
  • Cook together for two to three minutes.
  • Stir the mixture, so banana and rice are mixed well.
  • Add water to get the desired consistency
  • Cook for additional three to four minutes
  • Cool before feeding the baby

3. Suji(Semolina) Upma

The Indian variant of porridge, sort of, is packed full of fibres and delicious. You might even spark the passion in a foodie-to-be with this savoury dish. It is easy to chew and will give your baby their much-needed nutrients and has plenty of sweetness.





Ingredients

  • ½ cup suji (semolina)
  • ½ tsp ghee
  • ½ tsp powdered almonds/cashew nuts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pureed date (Deseed, chop into small pieces and puree in a mixer with a little water).

How to make




  • Heat ghee in a pan.
  • Roast suji in ghee, stirring continuously
  • Once suji is roasted a little, add water.
  • Add pureed date for sweetness
  • Keep stirring to avoid lumps
  • Add the powdered nuts, if you want (keep allergies in mind and consult your doctor)
  • Bring it to desired consistency. Ensure it is a little thin as it keeps getting thicker once it cools down.

4. Vegetable Kichidi

This classic Indian favourite is loved by most ages, and an easy, healthy option for mommy’s in a rush. You can make it as savoury as you want and as thick as baby needs.

Ingredients





  • 1 tbsp moong dal (washed and soaked in water half hour)
  • 1 tbsp rice dal (washed and soaked in water half hour)
  • pinch of turmeric

How to make

  • Pressure-cook everything with 1 cup water
  • Cook for 3-4 whistles
  • Add hot water to thin as desired
  • Mash with a spoon
  • Feed it to the baby once cool

5. Vegetable Kichidi with Spices

This is the same classic Indian favourite with a twist for older babies. This beloved dish now has more oomph in it so you can introduce baby recipes Indian style to baby’s diet.




Ingredients

  • ½ cup rice
  • ½ cup moong dal (green gram)
  • 1 cup Mixed vegetable washed and chopped into small pieces (carrot, potato, few peas, beans, etc.)
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Pinch of turmeric

How to make


  • Clean, wash dal and rice well
  • Soak dal and rice in water for half an hour
  • Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker
  • Put cumin seeds in till it crackles
  • Add dal and rice
  • Sauté a little
  • Add vegetables
  • Add a pinch of turmeric
  • Add water and pressure cook this for 3-4 whistles till well-cooked
  • Mash khichdi lightly with a spoon
  • Feed baby when cool

6. Sweet Pears and Cinnamon Rice Mash

This delish dish has been tried out by a variety of mommy’s and their babies, even some daddies from what we have heard and is an easy, yummy mix for small to 12-month-old babies.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of white rice
  • 2 fresh pears
  • 2 cups of water
  • ¾ cup of evaporated milk
  • Vanilla bean or extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon to taste

How to make

  • Put the rice and vanilla in one bowl
  • Boil in 2 cups of water
  • Peel and chop pears
  • Add them once the rice is almost tender
  • Once rice is done, and pears are soft, add evaporated milk
  • Add cinnamon to taste
  • Puree in a blender if required

7. Banana and Apricot Porridge

This yummy dish combines two popular elements with the goodness of porridge that will put a smile on any baby’s face.


Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 100 gm un-sulphured dried apricots
  • 1 banana, mashed

How to make

  • Soak apricots in water for an hour or 2 or overnight
  • Boil until very soft
  • Mash with a fork until smooth and set aside
  • Place water and oats in a pot
  • Cook and stir often, until oats are soft
  • Add mashed banana and apricots
  • Cook for a further few minutes until well combined

8. Apple Anar Juice

Yup, juices are included on the breakfast menu as well. This particular one is packed with antioxidants, folic acid and iron. It boosts immunity and fills up any little one while cooling down any fussy baby.

Ingredients


  • 3 large pomegranates
  • 2 large apples
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Water as required

How to make

  • Wash and clean fruits
  • Peel apples and dice them
  • Remove pomegranate seeds and set aside
  • Put in blender with just enough water to cover the fruit
  • Blend to fine puree or use juicer
  • Strain well
  • Serve fresh

9. Banana Split Pancakes

Even the pickiest baby could not resist pancakes, especially this yummy concoction that will have them begging for more.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup pancake batter (prepared from mix or scratch)
  • ¼ banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen dark cherries or blueberries
  • 1/3 cup plain yoghurt

How to make


  • Spread 2 tbsp pancake batter on a hot greased griddle
  • Top with thin slices of banana
  • Spread 2 tbsp of batter on top of bananas
  • Cook until tops of pancakes start to bubble and flip.
  • Cook until pancakes are completely cooked through.
  • Thaw cherries or blueberries and slice into pieces appropriate for your child
  • Serve each pancake with a dollop of plain yoghurt spread over the pancake and a spoonful of fruit

10. Blueberry Muffin Cereal

Sense a pattern here? Babies love berries and all things sweet, and this is one combination of healthy and yummy that parents will be tempted to try.

Ingredients

  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 tbsp organic whole grain infant cereal
  • 4 tbsp organic vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 tsp local honey

How to make

  • Mash or cut up banana into small pieces
  • Add yoghurt
  • Sprinkle with cereal
  • Mix, and add a bit more yoghurt to make a smooth consistency, if necessary.
  • Fold in blueberries and honey. (Use honey only for babies older than 1 and after talking to your doctor as they could contain spores deadly to babies weak immune systems)

11. Breakfast Cookies

So, cookies for breakfast may seem insane, but it works as they contain everything your baby should be eating anyhow. A word of caution, these are for bigger babies that are used to solid foods.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup cashew butter (or peanut butter) (beware nut allergies)
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sugar-free vanilla essence
  • 4 tbsp raspberry chia jam

How to make

  • Pre-heat oven to 160ºC
  • Add the bananas, oil and nut butter to blender
  • Blend until smooth and gooey
  • Place all remaining ingredients (except for chia jam) into a bowl
  • Pour banana mixture into
  • Stir to make sure all of the oats and banana is completely combined.
  • Spoon a heaped tablespoon of the mixture onto a lightly oiled baking tray or a non-stick mat
  • Leave a little space between each one
  • Use the back of the spoon to press the centre down on each cookie to make a little well
  • Put a teaspoon of raspberry chia jam into each one.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes
  • Keep an eye on them for 12 minutes, so they do not get too hard for little mouths
  • Remove from oven and cool before serving

12. Overnight Chia Oats Bowl

A bowl of pink sweetness – what baby could resist this? This bowl of yumminess will leave them begging for more, and you will sneak a spoon every now and then too.

Ingredients

  • 85 cup oats
  • 85 cup milk
  • 85 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp real vanilla powder
  • 100g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Honey to taste (only for older babies and after consulting a doctor)

How to make

  • Put all ingredients (except honey) in a blender
  • Blend until smooth for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Taste and add honey if needed
  • Pour the mixture into breakfast bowls and place in fridge overnight
  • In the morning, eat as such or add fresh berries, nuts or granola on top

13. Rice Flour and Vegetable Porridge

Going back to yummy baby starter food, this porridge is a quick-fix for a hungry and is a very healthy option. Toss all the options together and have a delicious meal ready in no time.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup chopped carrots and peas
  • 3 cups water

How to make

  • Mix the rice flour and water in a cooking pot
  • Cook the mixture for five to seven minutes, stirring continuously to prevent the formation of lumps
  • Keep cooking till the rice flour completely mixes with water and becomes soft
  • Simmer the flame and let the mix cook slowly
  • Boil peas and carrots till soft separately
  • Once done, blend together using the vegetable stock as thinner
  • Add this vegetable puree to the rice flour and water mixture
  • Continue boiling the mixture until they mix well
  • Cool well before feeding it to your baby

14. Mango and Rice Porridge

Sounds good enough to be for mommy and daddy’s dinner, doesn’t it? This little combination is another favourite among parents-on-the-move looking for a healthy option for their babies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced and diced mangoes
  • 2 cups rice
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • 1 cup formula or expressed milk (optional)

How to make

  • Boil rice and water
  • Blend mangoes into a puree separately
  • Once the rice water begins to boil, simmer the flame and let the rice cook for four to five minutes
  • Add the mango puree and the optional formula or expressed milk to it
  • Cook them together for two to three minutes while stirring the mixture
  • Serve upon cooling

15. Suji (Semolina) Halwa

Another great Indian option you could introduce baby to, and we can guarantee he will love it is this halwa. This boasts of the rich sweetness of all Indian sweets.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup suji (semolina)
  • ½ tsp ghee
  • ½ tsp powdered almonds/cashew nuts (optional).
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pureed date

How to make

  • Heat ghee in a pan
  • Roast suji in ghee, stirring continuously else it can burn
  • Add water
  • Add pureed date for sweetness
  • Keep stirring to avoid lumps
  • Add powdered nuts (optional and has an allergies warning)
  • Bring it to desired consistency and keep it a little thin as it keeps getting thicker once it cools down
  • Once cool, serve to baby

These recipes are just the start of the massive choice of recipes out there for a parent looking to expand a baby’s culinary experience. It does not have to include something 5-star and intricate, but it will definitely be some nutritious deliciousness.

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