I’ve had LOTS of requests for a blog for egg-free breakfast ideas, so wait no longer! Whether you’re a vegan family, avoiding eggs for allergy reasons or just simply looking for ideas, I have plenty of breakfast recipes without eggs to share – perfect for both babies and toddlers!
Before I start, I just wanted to mention that there is no direct replacement for egg nutritionally speaking. As long as your child has a variety of foods like beans, nuts, tofu, meat and fish (if they eat these) within their diet, they should be getting the nutrients they need. If your baby is on a plant-based diet, I recommended reading my blog on weaning a vegan baby or speaking to a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.
There are many recipes out there, including some of my own, that use egg as a binder. In this instance, you should just be able to swap this for a chia seed egg replacement. For a substitute of 1 egg, mix 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons (9 teaspoons) of water and leave for 15 minutes. After this time, you should end up with a gloopy mixture which will help bind ingredients together.
I’ve tried it out in all sorts of recipes, and it works well! You can watch the chia seed egg video tutorial for a video demonstration. If you don’t have chia seeds, this egg replacement recipe also works with ground flaxseeds, and Paula Hallam @tinytotsnutrition has shared some other very useful egg substitutes on her page.
Here are my top 10 egg-free breakfast ideas
A SR Nutrition favourite
You guys know how much I LOVE porridge. There are SO many flavour combos, so to get some ideas, check out my top porridge recipes. If you follow me on social media, you’ll know one of my regular choices is Carrot Cake Porridge. Any porridge leftovers can be baked into porridge muffins as another brekkie option. As well as being egg-free, you can also make this dairy-free by replacing cow’s milk with a fortified plant-based milk alternative.
2. Overnight Oats
As an alternative to porridge, try overnight oats. Prepped the night before, breakfast is then ready and waiting! Great for busy mornings. I have an overnight oats recipe here so check that out if you’re keen to try!
I made this recipe with adults in mind, but it can easily be adapted for little ones. Squash the blueberries for young children and leave the raisins out for younger babies as these can be hard to chew, or simply swap them for another fruit.
Raisins will be fine for toddlers and older babies who have some teeth and have developed chewing skills.
Yoghurt topped with fruit, oats, and chia seeds or milled flaxseeds is a wonderful (and very quick) option! Easy and very nutritious too.
I’m ALWAYS asked about yoghurts for children, so do read my blog about which yoghurt is best for babies and toddlers, which I hope you will find helpful. There are plenty of dairy-free yoghurt options out there, too.
5. Another top favourite in our house, PANCAKES!
Ok, so many recipes DO use eggs, but this is very easily adapted and replaced with the chia egg recipe above. I have some pancake recipes, including a vegan option too.
Take a look at my Raspberry Ripple Easy Pancake Sheet Recipe, which cooks the pancake mixture in the oven all in one go – a massive win when it comes to saving time!
Here’s another pancake sheet from @theallergydietitian, which suggests mashed banana as a replacement for egg.
I love this Spinach Fritter Recipe as a savoury breakfast option for babies and toddlers. Again, this original recipe does have an egg, but like the pancakes, just use the egg-free replacements above.
You can’t go wrong with Weetabix.
Although it does have a little added sugar and salt, if you’re offering a variety of breakfasts during the week, this will be fine.
Weetabix is fortified with extra nutrients, which is always a bonus. I like to top Weetabix (and other cereals) with nut butter, seeds, cinnamon, fruit and sometimes yoghurt for those extra nutrients.
Check out my blog on How to Choose a Healthy Breakfast Cereal.
8. Blueberry Muffins
I’m not talking about the kind that you find in the coffee shop; these are my Baby-Friendly Oatie Blueberry Muffins.
Naturally egg (and dairy) free, so no substitutions needed here.
These make a special weekend breakfast and a recipe older children like to help you create.
I like to pop any extras in the freezer or take them with me for a handy snack on the go.
9. Vegan French Toast
This recipe over on BBC Food uses aquafaba (the liquid from tinned chickpeas) instead of eggs, which is fab! This recipe is aimed at adults, so I would adapt this slightly by leaving out the icing sugar and maple syrup and you could swap the vanilla extract for some cinnamon to make it a little less sweet. This will make it suitable for young babies and toddlers.
10. English Breakfast
Take a look at my baby English breakfast recipe.
Another excellent option for the weekends! Simply swap out the scrambled egg for some scrambled tofu. Add some flavour to scrambled tofu by adding a tiny pinch of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, paprika or turmeric.
So, there you have it, 10 egg-free breakfast recipe ideas for babies and toddlers. I really hope this blog has been helpful in giving you some ideas of how you can get variety at breakfast time when your child is following an egg-free diet.
I have more egg-free recipes for all meals in my book How To Wean Your Baby which is out now!