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August 13, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber
Once babies start to develop motor skills and coordination, a whole new world opens up right in front of their eyes, and mouths! Although Cheerios are an easy go-to breakfast option for tots, you can experiment with other tiny bite-sized finger foods, like Baby-Friendly Cinnamon French Toast!
Cubes of warm soft French toast will surely induce those precious dimples, whether you mix in cinnamon, serve with berries – or both! Not only does cinnamon infuse the batter with wonderful flavor, but it has been known to hold health benefits. Not to suggest that you throw out the Pepto and replace it with this spice, cinnamon is used by some to treat nausea, diarrhea, indigestion and even colds. It surely beats sugar!
Whichever recipe you decide, make sure to use whole-wheat bread, pass on the syrup and leave out the egg whites. Holding off on egg whites within the first year has been known to prevent food allergies. However, after six months, you may introduce the yolks.*
The best part about this recipe is that by baking the loaves instead of using a pan, the whole family can enjoy this meal at the same time. That means no more cold French toast for the cook! The time it takes to bake this breakfast allows you ample time to get your little one dressed and ready for whatever the day has in store.
Baby-Friendly Cinnamon French Toast
Makes 8-10 Servings
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 loaf whole-wheat bread
4 egg yolks*
1 1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cinnamon for topping
Fruit topping of choice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the melted butter and brown sugar and spread around the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Place a first layer of bread slices in pan. Beat eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla, and then lay half of this mix on top of the bread slices. Top with the second layer of bread slices, and coat with the rest of the egg mix. You can also make this the night before and store it in the refrigerator until the morning. Sprinkle top with cinnamon and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Add toppings and serve in cubes to your little one and let the rest of the family dig in!
*Consult with your doctor about the right time to introduce egg yolks, for every child is different