This savory French toast is an EASY and fun way to use up any leftovers. Made with eggs, milk, vegetables, and seasonings, and pan fried to golden perfection, this is the PERFECT breakfast for babies, kids, and adults!
Baby (and Toddler) French Toast
You’re going to love this savory twist to traditional French toast typically served with maple syrup.
Having vegetables for breakfast may feel strange if you usually gravitate towards the sweet options. But I want to encourage you to incorporate them into your routine.
Let’s teach our children from early on that it’s normal and delicious to have vegetables in the morning. The more they see them, the more likely they’ll be to try and accept them.
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If you have a child who’s especially reluctant to having vegetables or something savory for breakfast, I hope this single serving French toast will serve as a bridge.
This is such an easy way to use up leftover vegetables, helping you reduce food waste. It will also help you incorporate variety into your little one’s diet with minimal effort!
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Bread: You can use any kind! Brioche bread, challah, French bread, Texas toast, sandwich bread, etc. Pictured is no sodium added Ezekiel bread.
Vegetables: This is a super versatile recipe. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand, just like for these egg veggie pancakes. I like to use raw grated carrots and cooked broccoli.
Spices: Again, feel free to use whatever you wish - Here are some herbs and spices to try!
Nuts/seeds: This is optional but will be a great way to boost nutrition!
Milk: Use full-fat cow's milk or these two plant-based alternatives
Cheese (optional): you can add some parmesan cheese or any shredded cheese of choice
- Whisk together all the ingredients up to bread
- Soak both sides of the bread in the egg mixture.
- Melt butter or heat olive oil in a pan. Place bread in the pan. Spoon remaining vegetables on top, spreading evenly. Cook on medium heat for a 1-2 minutes or until bottom turns golden brown.
- Flip and cook on other side.
6-8 months: slice into strips about the width of two adult fingers pressed together. This will make it easier for them to grab with their palms and bring to mouth
9-12 months: As your baby develops a pincer grasp and starts to pick up smaller pieces, cut into bite-sized pieces. Or keep the pieces large, especially if you have a shoveler. The latter will be great for learning to take bites and chew.
For Toddlers and Kids
I encourage you to get your child involved in the cooking process, especially if they are not a fan of vegetables. Research shows that
You can also pack this savory french toast into their lunch box. I like to make it the night before. There's no need to reheat, unless you child prefers warm food. My son actually prefers it cold!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Soft breads can gum up and stick to their mouth, making it difficult to swallow or spit out. That’s why it’s important that you toast the bread so it’s slightly firm, not too crunchy.
Or in this case, by cooking the soaked bread in butter/oil, the outside will get slightly crunchy while the inside becomes creamy.
This recipe does contain an egg and milk, two of the top food allergens. So be sure to introduce them separately prior to serving this. That way you'll know which one is responsible if your baby does have a reaction.
Yes! These are the top two milk alternatives that I recommend.
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Savory French toast
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk of choice
- 3 tablespoons vegetables of choice (I used raw grated carrots and cooked broccoli)
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- (optional) 1-2 teaspoons ground nuts/seeds
- 1 slice bread
- butter or oil to grease pan
- In a wide bowl, whisk together all the ingredients up to bread
- Dip bread in the mixture and gently press down to absorb the mixture. Flip and repeat. Be sure ALL the liquid gets absorbed into the bread.
- Melt butter or heat oil in a pan. Place soaked bread in the pan. Spoon remaining vegetables on top, spreading evenly. Cook on medium heat for a 1-2 minutes or until bottom turns golden brown. Flip and cook on other side.
- Slice and serve as is or top with yogurt, peanut/nut/seed butter, hummus, etc.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge.
Made this today for my son's breakfast, to have something a little different. I used Ezekiel bread, shredded carrots and leftover cooked broccoli. My 13 month old devoured the slice so fast I thought he was going to choke! I had to force him to slow down. I served the slice as is - chopped into bite size pieces. Will make this again. Thanks Min for finding creative and delicious ways for me to add veggies to my baby's diet!
Haha love it!! Thanks for sharing mama!!!
I want to try this but baby is still allergic to eggs and can’t have eggs unless they’re baked….is there any alternative to egg in this recipe or is that key to making it all stick?
If you made this as an overnight french toast, which gets put in the oven and baked, do you think that would make a difference?
Ooh! Bet that would be delicious!
My baby loved this recipe, and I love the minimal mess!! Currently cooking many vegetables this morning that are getting toward the end of their freshness in my fridge. I will chop them and freeze them in 3 tablespoon portions for future editions of this recipe. Thanks for everything you do, I love the way you present your recipes with some many options and alternatives - really making sure people can look in their fridge and use what they have there before needing to go to the grocery store. So wonderful!
Yes!! This is my go-to recipe when I have leftover veggies! And thank you for your encouraging words! I truly appreciate it 😉
My baby loves this! I like how versatile this is, I used spinach as the primary veg and it tastes great.
Yes yes super versatile and easy to whip up! So glad it's a hit with your baby 😉
Can you serve this cold or at room temperature like in a lunch box? Or best to only eat it hot?
You can serve it cold! I pack this for my son's lunchbox all the time (they don't reheat food at his school)
Hi! Is it possible to make a big batch of these and freeze so that I can take out one at a time and thaw when I need it?
Dilukshi Dissanayake says
Is it possible to make a big batch of these and freeze to eat at a later date? Or does it have to be consumed right away?
Sure! It's just so easy to whip up that I normally just make 1-2 slices at a time to enjoy immediately
Hi, I love your recipes! Is it possible to freeze this?
Sure but will be best to consume fresh
Tried this out this morning for breakfast and baby loves it! I put in cauliflower and squash and some lentils instead. My 8 mo old has been picky about what she eats lately but she loved this one!
Plus the mess is way less than just regular toast and any other breakfast items.
I'm so glad!! Ooh will def try adding lentils next time!
Love this! I think I can actually swing this one. 😌 But if baby can't have cow's milk before 1, what other milk can I use besides breast milk (don't have much and we don't do formula)? Can't wait to try it out!
Unless your baby has a dairy allergy, you can cook with it! You just don't want to offer it as a drink. If allergic, then any plant-based alternatives will work - check out this post: https://www.mjandhungryman.com/whats-the-best-milk-for-toddlers/
I had no idea it was okay to cook with it! My 9 month old is not allergic to dairy, thankfully, but we usually drink oat milk in our house, just wasn't sure if that was okay introduce. Thanks for all the info!! I'm going to give it a go in the morning 😃