Did you know that eggs are often referred to as “nature’s multivitamin?”
Eggs are an excellent source of protein, with the perfect essential amino acid ratio. It’s packed with DHA and choline – both of which are brain-boosting nutrients.
Egg yolks can be introduced to babies around 7-8 months. Egg whites, on the other hand, should be introduced to babies 9 months or later because it is one of the top 8 allergens.
Baby Madi is allergic to egg whites, but luckily she can tolerate egg yolks.
I started making these baby egg yolk bites when Baby Madi was 7 months old and this remains to be her favorite snack!
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What are baby egg yolk bites?
These are bite-sized, melts-in-the-mouth protein snacks for babies.
I created this recipe with the baby’s first food in mind. It’s super easy to make. Just combine egg yolk, oatmeal, and flour. Pop in the oven and you’re done.
I usually store these bite-sized cookies in the refrigerator and serve them to Madi as a snack or part of her meal.
This recipe makes about 4 ounces of cookies, which typically lasts my 7 months old 5 days of snacks.
- 40g grapeseed oil. You can substitute with other cooking oils like coconut oil and avocado oil.
- 65g cake flour
- 30g oatmeal. I used Beech-Nut Baby Oatmeal
- 1 egg yolk
- 15g sugar. I used brown sugar for added nutrition and flavor.
If you’re making these egg yolk bites for a baby, I highly recommend using whole grain baby oatmeal rather than regular oatmeal. That’s because regular oatmeal is thick, rough, and coarse in texture which may not be suitable for babies to digest when they are unable to chew.
Baby oatmeal, on the other hand, is thinner and flakier. Using baby oatmeal in this recipe will produce light, airy, and flaky cookies.
Also, be sure to look for baby oatmeal that has added iron like the ones from Beech-Nut.
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Mix all ingredients.
For quick and even mixing, I simply put all ingredients in my KitchenAid mixer and mix at medium speed for about 2 minutes. You can also mix with a spatula.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Use your clean hands and roll dough into small balls. Alternatively, you can roll it into sticks or bigger balls to make bigger cookies.
Now comes the fun part.
I press these tiny balls into small discs. Since these are my 7-month-old’s first finger foods, I’m making them easy for my baby to gum on.
After the oven is preheated to 350ºF, put in the middle rack and bake for 10 minutes.
The cookies should be golden brown and flaky.
When I first introduced these egg yolk bites to Madi, I break them apart and gave her a teeny tiny piece to try.
She loved it and kept asking for more.
At 1 year old, this remains to be one of her favorite snacks.
What are the variations for baby egg yolk bites?
The main ingredients in this protein-rich snack are egg yolk, oatmeal, and cake flour. You can substitute oatmeal with formula, almond meal, or brown rice flour.
You can also subsite cake flour with all-purpose flour, but the cookies won’t be as delicate, soft, and fluffy.
Are these gluten-free?
The recipe calls out cake flour, which is not gluten-free. To make a gluten-free version, substitute cake flour with a mixture of rice flour, potato, and tapioca starch. Here’s easy instruction on how to make your own gluten-free cake flour.
- 40g grapeseed oil
- 65g cake flour
- 30g baby oatmeal
- 1 egg yolk
- 15g sugar
Preheat oven to 350ºF
Mix all ingredients into a smooth batter
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
Use your clean hands and roll the dough into small balls. Alternatively, you can roll it into sticks or bigger balls to make larger cookies
After the oven is preheated to 350ºF, put the cookies in the middle rack and bake for 10 minutes
The cookies should be golden brown and flaky
Let cool for about 20 minutes
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days. Keep in refrigerator for 10 days.
Use baby oatmeal instead of regular oatmeal as regular oatmeal is thick, rough, and coarse in texture. Using baby oatmeal in the recipe will produce cookies that are easy to chew and digest for the baby. Alternatively, you can substitute the baby oatmeal with formula, almond meal, or brown rice flour.
Don’t cut off eggs completely if your baby can tolerate egg yolks. With the right recipe like this one, your baby can still enjoy the nutritional benefit of eggs.
Have you tried making these egg yolk cookies?
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