If you’re reading this, I’m sure you have days that feel like you’re in the trenches. Keeping up with a toddler is serious work. Add to that a dietary restriction and there are days when your sanity might go out the window (been there, done that).
Today, I’m sharing six easy egg free breakfast ideas for your free-from toddler. Each idea can be adapted to meet your specific needs. For those with a gluten free toddler or dairy free toddler, I’ve got you covered. Each idea, as photoed, is gluten free and top 9 allergy free too.
First, Be Liberated!
Who serves fried rice for breakfast? Anyone, myself included. I want you to be liberated and know that you can serve ANYTHING for any meal and it counts. Waffles for dinner? Cool. A snack platter in the morning? Also cool. The goal is to feed your kids, not live up to someone else’s idea of “traditional meals”.
Lean Into Your Freezer
You’re going to find that many breakfasts are freezer friendly. Where you can, batch cook so future you doesn’t have to make breakfast. When my kids were younger, I kept homemade frozen waffles and sausage on hand ALL the time. On mornings where I needed a break, I put a bunch on a sheet pan and baked. DONE. Kids were happy, I didn’t feel overwhelmed, and it was a good start to the day.
You can take the idea of sheet pan meals (usually made for dinner) and make them in the mornings as well.
Is Your Toddler Averse to Most Produce?
It’s easy for us to forget as adults that many fruits are unpredictable. Think about berries. Some are squishy, some are firm, some are sweet, some are sour, and so on. Kids like consistency and sometimes fresh produce does not deliver that for them.
If your toddler is struggling to accept produce, try frozen fruit, or fruits that are more predictable such as mango and banana. Smoothies are another way to offer your child a bit more predictability.
Egg Free, Top 9 Allergy Free, Gluten Free Toddler Breakfast Ideas
Let’s look at six fantastic breakfasts you can serve your toddler. Each one is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and top 9 allergy free. If you’re in need of recipes, be sure to check out the free downloads here on the website, or the free recipes on the RAISE website.
Deconstructed Fried Rice
No matter what you like to put in your fried rice, you can deconstruct it for your toddler. Personally, when I make fried rice, most components are cooked on their own, then added into a large pot where everything is mixed together. To make that breakfast plate, I set aside a small portion of each component. Easy! Then, added a little fruit to go with it.
If this is something you’d do, make sure at least one of the components on the plate is something your child really enjoys.
Waffles + Protein + Veg
All of the free-from waffle recipes on RAISE are freezer friendly. To make waffles cute and little, I used perhaps my most favourite novelty appliance, the Dash mini waffle maker (2″).
The protein can be anything you have on hand, even something leftover from a different meal. The veg (or swap for fruit) can also be anything you have on hand. If you’re short on time, pull some frozen fruit from the freezer.
Oat Free Protein Muffin + Ground Meat + Produce
That tasty muffin came from the freezer. Feeding kids and families with dietary restrictions can be exhausting. It’s important that you batch cook and freeze where you can. Muffins are a prime example of this. It means that breakfast can be as simple as a thawed muffin, leftover ground meat from a previous night and produce that you have on hand.
Pictured, the carrots have been sliced with a crinkle cutter knife which can make food more interesting for toddlers and kids.
Creamy Breakfast Potatoes + Sausage + Produce
Creamy breakfast potatoes are pretty easy to make, and are a wonderful soft texture for toddlers. The sausage was cut into bite sized pieces and mixed with sautéed vegetables. Those carrots? Clearly I had some extra and used them. You can do the same! If you prep up a good amount of veg, you can use it over and over for several days.
Fluffy Pancakes + Produce
The pancakes are from the freezer, but you can always make them fresh. To make a small pancake for a toddler, use a medium OXO cookie dough scoop. It makes the perfect baby pancakes. The produce was what was on hand once again. Easy and easy.
Creamy Rice + Fruit
Creamy rice (very creamy) is an alternative to oatmeal. If you don’t have leftover rice available, you can make oatmeal, cream of buckwheat (wheat free, misleading name), or even use quinoa flakes. No matter which option you go with, they’re all very accommodating of just about any fruit you choose to pair it with,
Need More Free-From Toddler Meals and Resources?
Check out these additional resources we have on our RAISE Membership website, all aimed at helping your free-from toddler thrive.