Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Baby Breakfast Cookies and Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

I make these recipes for Colin, but grown up people might like them too!

Colin was never big into baby food purees.  I fed him one jar of food back when he first started eating solids, mostly so that I could have the cute mini jar to use for lotion.  I think those "complete meals in a jar" are kind of creepy.  Chicken dinner puree?  No, thanks.  For the most part he has eaten fruits and vegetables, either raw, steamed, roasted or sauteed.  A few things have been big hits and I use them as staples: broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes.  He's big in picking things up himself.  We can get into ruts, however, one of which resulted in his eating an entire roasted butternut squash over a two week period.

He likes to help in the kitchen, which means he wants to see everything that's going on and touch it.  Cooking with one hand while holding him with the other can be a bit of a challenge.  Sometimes I can convince him that the view from his chair is pretty good, and he takes that opportunity to show me proper strainer technique.

For a long time he ate only fruit for breakfast.  Bananas, pears and cantaloupe.  One morning I gave him part of a Banana Oatmeal Pancake and he gobbled it up.  This got me thinking that I needed to come up with something a little more creative for him to eat in the morning.  Regular cooked oatmeal didn't go over well, and I had been making a lot of baked oatmeal for me and Jon, so I thought I could simplify the recipe a bit and make it baby-friendly.  For the base of these breakfast cookies, I combine oats, banana and applesauce with a little baking powder and cinnamon.  Beyond that, you can be as creative as you like. 

Baby Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 banana, mashed
~1/4 cup applesauce, to moisten mixture
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Sprinkle ground cinnamon
Optional additions: chopped apple, blueberries, grated carrot

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper (or cooking spray).
Stir together all ingredients until well mixed.
Portion tablespoon portions (my cookie scoop was perfect for this) onto baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator.  I heat them in the toaster oven just to take the chill off.  

I shared some of this quinoa dish with Colin a while ago and he seemed to like it, so one night I steamed him some peas, green beans and broccoli and mixed it with quinoa.  He liked it, but what a mess.  I literally had to pick him up and brush him off over the sink before I could take him out of the kitchen, and I was cleaning the floor daily (which I should probably be doing anyway).  One of my friends suggested cooking the quinoa into a cake since I had had luck with the oatmeal.  Using my trusty sweet potatoes as a base, I came up with this simple patty recipe.  If you were going to serve it to adults, I would add some more seasoning, as I omitted salt and pepper for C.

Baby Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

1 cup chopped sweet potato, roasted or steamed
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup onion, chopped and sauteed
1 egg (use just the yolk if your baby is under age 1, or you have allergy concerns)
2 Tablespoons ground flax, or up to 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Olive oil

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir well, slightly mashing the sweet potato.  The mixture was fairly wet.
Portion patties with your hands (I made four).
Gently place them on the hot skillet and leave them alone for 4 minutes.  You want a slight crust to form so they hold together.
Flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes on the other side.
These can be served warm or room temperature.  I break them up into pieces for C.


  1. I just tried your cookie recipe and it is great. We put sunflower seeds in them.

  2. Made the sweet potato & quinoa patties tonight! Can't wait for my daughter to try them tomorrow. Did you find yours were still a little mushy inside?

    1. So glad you liked them! I don't recall them being especially mushy, but you can always pop them in a warm oven for a few minutes after frying if that's a problem.

  3. this sounds good. Something new to try as well. thanks for sharing this recipe.


  4. Just made the sweet potato & quinoa good! My daughter kept wanting more. Thanks for sharing!


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