If you’re looking for a quick and nutritious breakfast idea suitable for babies and toddlers, these Weetabix breakfast balls could be just the answer!
Guest recipe series: Weetabix breakfast balls by Natalie from Eating With Amara
I’m so pleased to share this guest recipe from Natalie, whose daughter Amara is allergic to dairy and eggs. Guest recipes are a chance for allergy parents to share their go-to recipes with others who might be new to allergies or struggling for ideas. If you would like to share one of your own recipes then please do get in touch.
Natalie shares lots of easy and nutritious ideas for weaning and beyond on her Instagram page @eatingwithamara. Amara is currently 16 months old, and all recipes are approved by her! When I saw these Weetabix breakfast balls on Natalie’s Instagram feed, I knew I would love to feature them on the website. Dairy and egg free breakfast ideas can be tricky, and I really appreciate the simplicity of these. Plus they are also a bit different to the standard breakfast offering, so have got the fun factor!
Ingredients and dietary requirements
Each weetabix breakfast ball needs just three ingredients:
- Weetabix! The only allergens are wheat and barley (both of which contain gluten).
- A fruit puree pouch, such as Little Piccolo or Ella’s Kitchen. You can choose whichever flavour your little one enjoys! Always check ingredients on the pouches carefully to ensure they are pure fruit with no sneaky additional ingredients.
- A coating – Natalie recommends desiccated coconut or, for those with no nut allergy, ground almond.
If you’d like to give these a try but need a gluten free switch, they could also be made in exactly the same way using Nutri Brex. Nutri Brex is very similar to weetabix, but made from a gluten free grain called Sorghum. It’s fortified with Niacin, Thiamin, Riboflavin and Folic Acid. It also contains no dairy, eggs, soy or nuts, making it a great allergy friendly breakfast option.
5 reasons to love these dairy and egg free Weetabix balls
- They are so easy and quick to make, using just three simple store cupboard ingredients.
- Weetabix breakfast balls are healthy! They’re sweetened with the fruit puree, so contain no added sugar over and above what is in the Weetabix (which is low sugar compared to many cereals). Weetabix is high in fibre, and is fortified with iron and a range of other vitamins and minerals.
- They can be prepped in advance and kept in the fridge overnight. I love a breakfast that can be on the table with minimum fuss on a busy morning.
- The kids can get involved in making them – squishing into ball shapes and rolling in the coatings are both very child friendly ways to get involved in the process!
- It’s easy to switch up the flavours. Simply vary the fruit puree pouches and coating you use to keep it interesting.
How to serve Weetabix breakfast balls
Natalie suggests these can be served for babies from 6 months onwards, but recommends that you always double check how to serve food safely in an age appropriate way, for example on Solid Starts.
Natalie serves these for Amara alongside some dairy free yogurt with chia seeds sprinkled on top. Perfect for dipping! She also adds some fresh fruit, such as sliced bananas, to the plate.
And there’s no need to save these just for breakfast! They also make a great snack, or addition to a packed lunchbox.
Weetabix breakfast balls
- 2 Weetabix (Use Nutri Brex for a gluten free alternative)
- 1 fruit pouch of your choice (always check to make sure the pouch is pure fruit with no sneaky ingredients)
- Small handful ground almonds or desiccated coconut
- Crush the Weetabix into a bowl
- Add the fruit pouch a little at a time, until it’s all mixed in. If it becomes too sticky, add a little more Weetabix
- Shape the mixture into balls, then roll in your chosen coating – ground almond or desiccated coconut
Looking for other dairy & egg free breakfast ideas? You might like to try:
- No-egg baby banana pancakes
- Dairy free breakfast sundaes
- Eggless French toast
- Dairy free porridge, including lots of topping ideas!
- Our favourite dairy and egg free pancake recipes
For breakfast basics, check on my post on the best dairy free yogurts for babies and toddlers, including lots of ideas on how to serve it. Or, you may find this list of dairy and soya free breads helpful.