Coconut Pineapple Rice Pudding

Coconut Pineapple Rice Pudding

If your baby doesn’t like oatmeal for breakfast (which always seems to be the go-to for little ones), try rice instead! This sweet treat also makes a great sugar-free dessert. Look for organic canned pineapple like Native Forest.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  1. Spoon the rice into the bottom of a casserole dish with lid; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the pineapple and coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour the pineapple mixture over the rice and place the lid on the casserole dish. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour.

Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apples

Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apple

This cinnamon-laced oatmeal will warm up chilly fall mornings. I like to make it for the kids the night before, so they don’t have to wait for it to cool down from a boil first thing in the morning. Simply reheat individual servings just before breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 golden delicious apple
  • 2/3 cup quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 cup soy milk
  1. Combine the water and apple juice in a saucepan; set aside.
  2. Peel, core, and dice the apple. Add to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in the oats and cinnamon; continue to cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the agave and soy milk; the mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.

Wheat Germ Breakfast

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This little breakfast is easy to whip up, and packed with nutrition for growing babies and toddlers.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  1. Stir all ingredients together and serve.

Note: If you baby doesn’t like banana, use apple puree instead.

Banana Bread

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This nut-free banana bread is sweetened with agave and applesauce and has no added oil. Perfect for babies and toddlers, in other words, but big kids love it, too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup melted Earth Balance butter
  • 2 tablespoons thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Pour the applesauce into a large bowl and stir in the remaining baking powder. Whisk in the butter, apple juice, agave, and vanilla.
  3. Mash the bananas in a bowl and add to the applesauce mixture.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour; a wooden pick inserted in the center should come out clean.

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Build-Ahead Breakfast

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Mornings are crazy enough without having to worry about making a hearty breakfast and packing a bagged lunch. Take one piece out of the equation with this fantastic wrap you can put together the night before. Bonus points: Kids will love helping, and can alter the ingredients until they find their favorite combo.

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We like these with the California burger from Amy’s Kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small flour tortillas
  • 1 veggie burger patty, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup shredded Daiya cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  1. Place the tortillas on a flat work surface. Arrange the ingredients in rows working from left to right, dividing evenly among the two tortillas.
  2. Fold up the bottom of the tortilla over the toppings, then begin rolling from the left and roll up tightly.
  3. Wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate overnight. To serve, microwave for 30 seconds.

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Apple or Banana Yogurt

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If you want to introduce yogurt to your baby, adding fruit is a great way to incorporate a little sweetness without buying a sugary variety. For both of these recipes, I use almond milk yogurt.

Apple Yogurt:

  • 3 tablespoons plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  1. Stir together until combined.

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Banana Yogurt:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 (5-ounce) container plain non-dairy yogurt
  1. Mash the banana with a fork until very smooth. Stir in the yogurt.

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The latter recipe is best served immediately, or you can freeze it in the cubes of an ice cube tray for high chair shenanigans.

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Blueberry Mini Muffins

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These adorable mini muffins are just the right size for a baby’s hands, making them a fantastic Baby Led Weaning breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups blueberries
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, stir together the applesauce and remaining 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Add the flaxseed, canola oil, vanilla, apple juice, yogurt, and milk.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until combined. Stir in the blueberries.
  4. Divide the mixture between 42 mini muffin cups, about 1 tablespoon per muffin. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.

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Galactic Pancakes

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You’ll start your kids’ day on a stellar note with these pancakes from Raddish Kids. This was the final recipe from Travis’s Cosmic Cuisine kit, and he declared the taste out of this world!

First we needed to make a few vegan substitutes. For buttermilk, pour 1 tablespoon cider vinegar into a measuring cup. iIll with soy milk to equal 1 cup; let stand for 5 minutes.

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Meanwhile, whisk 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed into 6 tablespoons water in a small bowl to make 2 vegan eggs; let stand for 5 minutes.

To prepare the pancakes, Travis measured and combined 1 and 1/4 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt.

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In a second bowl, combine the flax eggs, the vegan buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

Preheat a skillet for about 2 to 3 minutes over medium-low heat. We placed in the provided moon and star silicone molds. (Note: you could also use cookie cutters). Coat the skillet and molds with cooking spray.

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Add about 2 tablespoons batter to each mold – an ice cream scoop worked perfectly for even measuring. Gently spread the batter to the edge of the molds with a spatula and cook for about 3 minutes, until the tops are covered with bubbles.

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Remove the molds with tongs. Flip the pancakes and cook for an additional minute.

Drizzle with syrup and serve!

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You’ll have enough batter for about 12 pancakes.

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Sunshine Granola

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Add sunflower seeds to the kids morning granola to make the perfect sunshine-y batch – just right for the final days of summer! Whip up a batch now and the first few breakfasts during hectic back-to-school will be a cinch.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Arrange the oats and sunflower seeds on a baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter and maple syrup. Drizzle over the oat mixture and sprinkle with the salt.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees F for 15 minutes. Stir and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Let cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

We love this stirred into non-dairy yogurt!

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Serve a Picnic Breakfast

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Oh the dilemmas of summer; you want your child to have plenty of sunshine and fresh air, but by late morning it’s already so oppressively hot that you retreat indoors.

Cue the picnic breakfast! Today we were outside before 7 a.m. (so early that big brother remarked he was a little chilly) to enjoy the fresh breeze, the sound of the birds, and… breakfast!

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Both kids thought this was just the best! Veronika didn’t actually eat much, but she loved sampling the puffs, teething bars, and banana slices on her plate.

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And then she loved tasting her plate!

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To add extra beauty to the moment, don’t forget to break out the bubbles.

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Then head back inside, throw the whole picnic blanket into the laundry machine for the easiest clean up ever, and rest easy that you’ve already gotten your quota of fresh air and vitamin D for the day.

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