This french toast for babies recipe is perfect for baby-led weaning, freezer-friendly, and made from six nutritious ingredients!
I know it’s Friday, and that’s usually Friday Favorites day. But, “baby week” here at HH got off to a late start, one of my sitters called in sick, and ya know life. So, I wanted to make sure I got this recipe out, but I promise for those of you that like Friday Favorites, they will be back next week! Until then, let’s finish up baby week with some french toast for babies! I’ve been serving this to KK for a few weeks now and he loves it. I think I love it more though because he can entertain himself by eating it so I can eat myself or get his brother whatever he is demanding.
This recipe is tweaked ever so slightly from my healthy french toast recipe. I reduced the spices a bit and took out the maple syrup. I also used smaller slices of bread, so it technically makes more but smaller servings.
For the bread, I used Dave’s Killer Bread Sprouted Bread (the teal bag.) When my first was a baby, I was basically afraid to feed him all food. I never gave him bread because I couldn’t find any healthy bread that didn’t have seeds. All DKB has sprouted seeds inside the bread, and I thought maybe that was unsafe, despite my pediatrician telling me “never in the 30 years I’ve practiced….” but, I was still nervous.
Now that I started doing more Baby Led Weaning (foods other than purees with an emphasis on self-feeding) with this little one at 7.5 months, I’m much more comfortable giving him all kinds of things. It should be noted that my youngest doesn’t inhale food as my oldest did. My oldest would suck down a baby food packet in 2.5 seconds and loved to shove as many pieces of food as possible in his mouth. On the other hand, his little brother takes his time, is a bit pickier, and is learning how to handle different textures earlier since we are doing more Baby Led Weaning. So feeding each child is a slightly different journey!
I avoid bread or cut the crust off if it has a ton of seeds on it, but I don’t worry about the seeds inside the bread. Obviously, I don’t leave him unattended, but mostly he just gums it until it’s all soggy, then swallows tiny pieces he bites off. It’s pretty cool to watch him learn different textures so early. I always thought BLW was crazy. How could a baby eat those things? But I wasn’t accounting for saliva making things mushy. I know, appetizing. But, anyway, the baby has bread all the time – all kinds of toasts, including french toast, dairy-free ricotta toast (love the Kite-Hill brand), avocado toast, and toast with butter – all under supervision, of course. And when little quarter-size pieces get left, we cut them up or take them away. (PS KK is an MSPI baby, so dairy-free, read more about that here and here.)
Now that KK is approaching nine months and getting his pincher grasp down, we’ve been feeding him more bite-size pieces of all foods. I also keep with a mix of preparations, so even though he has his pincer grasp down, I often feed him banana strips and bite-sized french toast pieces or vice versa. In my mind, I think the strips help him practice learning what size bites to take.
When your baby hits the year mark, you can start adding some peanut butter or almond butter to really amp up the nutrition of this french toast. Before a year, nut butter is considered a choking hazard because it can cause food to be too sticky. I put the plate above together as an example, and then I ate it since the baby is only nine months old now. I concluded this is french toast for babies and mama.
How to Make French Toast for Babies
Whisk. Dip. Flip. Sizzle.
One tip I have is that most of the cinnamon is often sucked up on the first couple of slices. So add half the cinnamon, do the first four slices, then add more cinnamon, whisk, and finish the rest.
I was surprised how much more slices this made of thin-sliced bread than the regular big ones I use. If eight slices are too much, you can easily half this recipe. But, I highly encourage you to make the whole thing and freeze some for busy mornings. I promise the future you will thank me.
HOW TO STORE & FREEZE FRENCH TOAST FOR BABIES
When you remove french toast from the skillet, allow them to cool on a cooling rack. French toast can be stored for 3-5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer when fully cooled. Store as whole pieces or strips.
For best results, reheat and/or defrost in the microwave, then crisp again by pan-frying or placing french toast pieces in the toaster oven.
SWAPS & SUBSTITUTIONS:
Eggs – Do not omit, you could substitute something like just eggs, but I haven’t tried it!
Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk – sub cows dairy or any dairy substitute milk you’d like here
Vanilla Extract – optional but essential for flavor
Cinnamon & Nutmeg – adjust as you wish
Butter – use vegan butter as a substitute. I’ve always loved Macademia Nut Butter from Sprouts.
Whole Grain Bread – any hearty 100% whole grain bread will do. Avoid large seeds or take the crust off before serving.
More Baby and Toddler Recipes
- Baby Waffle Recipe
- Baby Meatloaf Tins
- Hummus for Babies and Toddlers
- Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baby Muffins
- Beaba Babycook Neo Review & 5 Babyfood Combinations
French Toast for Babies
- Large Nonstick Skillet
- In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg until frothy.2 large eggs, 1/3 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Heat 1 teaspoon butter or vegan butter on a skillet on medium. Quickly dip one piece of bread in the egg mixture, turn it over to make sure it's fully coated, and then place it on the heated buttered skillet. Repeat with another piece of bread. Cook on the skillet until the side facing down is golden brown, about 2-4 minutes. Turn bread pieces over and allow to finish cooking until both sides are golden brown. Remove bread slices from the skillet and repeat with the remaining bread slices.8 slices 100% whole-grain bread, 1 tbsp salted butter, divided
- Serve in age appropriate ways such as strips or in bite-sized pieces. For older babies (12months +) add a little bit of peanut or almond butter on top for extra healthy fat.
- When you remove french toast from the skillet, allow them to cool on a cooling rack. When fully cooled, french toast can be stored for 3-5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.
- For best results, reheat in the microwave, then crisp again by pan-frying or placing french toast pieces in the toaster oven.