In the wee hours of morning, bleary-eyed mommies everywhere search for a nutritious breakfast for their little ones. This is harder for gluten-free mommies because they can’t rely on Cheerios first thing in the morning. Jude has become pickier these days and that meant I had to reevaluate breakfast. Clearly, I needed to come up with a resource that I could refer to when things needed to be revamped in the toddler breakfast department (mommies too) . A lot of these breakfast ideas are casein-free or can be made casein-free with just a few alterations.
BREAKFAST IDEAS FOR THE GLUTEN FREE KID IN ALL OF US
Fruit: I always try and keep a variety of fresh fruit on hand to give to Jude in the morning. Bananas are the clear winner here for Jude. If your toddler is resisting the texture of fruit, try smoothies. They work well in summer months with fresh fruit and in the colder months they work well with frozen fruit too. Here are some fantastic smoothie recipes that are sure to impress your little one. If the smoothies don’t work, try making your own fruit leather. It is a great breakfast to have ready for your little one and it keeps for a month in the fridge!
Baked Goods: These are great to have in the freezer for a quick breakfast. Freezing your own muffins, quick breads, and pancakes is a lot yummier than relying on gluten-free convenience foods. It is also important to have a couple of baking mixes on hand, so you can whip breakfast up on the spot if the need arises.
My favorite pancake mixes are Pamela’s Baking Mix and Kinnikinnick Foods Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix .
Hot Cereals: Sometimes my little one will scarf down gluten-free oatmeal, brown rice cereal, grits, or quinoa cereal. Presentation definitely helps here! Jude likes to add raisins/dried fruit or nuts to his hot cereal and sometimes offering these additions on the side will encourage him to eat more. I was really tough about the amount of sugar I put in Jude’s cereal, especially when he was younger, but you may have to budge a little. Adding sweet things like fruit and honey makes this breakfast food much more attractive.
Eggs: Anything with eggs makes a great gluten-free breakfast. The texture of eggs make them very tricky for toddlers. When Jude was little, I put egg yolk in his rice cereal. He will rarely eat eggs straight off his tray. In order for me to get Jude to eat eggs these days, a quiche or the frittata is the way to go. He is not turned off by the texture and he is attracted to the meat, potato, rice, or veggies.
Gluten Free Breakfast Convenience Foods: Although gf breakfast foods are expensive, it is necessary to have a few of these items around for when you are desperate. These are a few of my favorite gluten-free breakfast items.
Check out Karen’s Gluten Free Breakfast product reviews.
Dessert for Breakfast: I have already taught Jude that dessert for breakfast is a fabulous idea. No need to convince him!
So what did everyone have for breakfast this morning- inquiring minds want to know?!
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