Baby Led Weaning Recipes
Welcome to our Baby Led Weaning Recipes page, where we share with you some tasty, healthy and easy-to-prepare ideas for your little self-feeder!
If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to read our Guide to Baby Led Weaning, which is packed with advice and useful tips to help you get started.
And if your little one is a ‘solid food beginner’, then please also visit our Baby Led Weaning – First Foods page, which has lots of suggestions for what to offer your little one as he first becomes accustomed to feeding himself.
Baby led weaning recipes – Baby’s Banana Toast
Please note that this banana toast is very soft and mushy, ideal for gumming!
1 small, ripe banana
2 fl oz (1/4 cup) breast milk, formula or whole milk
whole wheat bread, cut into squares
Blend the banana, milk and cinnamon in a food processor.
Dip the bread squares into the mixture, ensuring they are thoroughly coated on both sides.
Heat a little unsalted butter or oil in a small saucepan and fry the squares for a couple of minutes on each side, until golden.
Baby led weaning recipes – Spicy Sweet Potato Cubes
1 sweet potato
Peel the sweet potato and cut into cubes.
Steam until tender, or simmer in a little water until cooked.
Sprinkle with spices and cool to a safe serving temperature.
Baby led weaning recipes – Sweet Potato Ravioli
2 oz (1/2 cup) all purpose flour
2 oz (1/2 cup) semolina flour
2-3 fl oz (1/3 cup) very warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cooked
pinch of ground ginger (optional)
Combine the flours, then gradually incorporate the oil and water, mixing thoroughly using a food processor set at the lowest speed.
This should produce a ball of dough. If the mixture is too dry, add more water – only a little at a time – until the ball of dough forms.
Knead well, then divide into two pieces.
Roll each piece out as thinly as you can.
Mash the sweet potato with the ginger (if using).
Place heaped teaspoons of the sweet potato at intervals along the first pasta sheet.
Put the other pasta sheet over the top and press down with the fingertips around the sweet potato ‘mounds’.
With a sharp knife, cut around each ‘mound’, then create decorative edges with your fingertips or by pressing all the way around with the prongs of a fork.
Place the ravioli shapes, a few at a time, into a pan of boiling water. They are cooked when they rise to the surface.
Remove the ravioli with a slotted spoon, cool to a safe temperature and serve with tomato sauce, applesauce… or just as they are!
Baby led weaning recipes – Brainy Baby Bites
A simple treat packed with important nutrients for the development of baby’s brain.
1/2 ripe avocado
1 heaped tablespoon canned tuna, salmon or sardines, mashed
the yolk from 1 hard boiled egg
1 slice whole wheat bread or small whole wheat tortilla
Mash the avocado, canned fish and egg yolk together.
Spread over half the bread, fold over and cut into squares – or spread over the tortilla then roll up and cut cross-wise into manageable pieces.
Baby led weaning recipes – Stuffed Apple Surprise
We find that Gala apples work best in this recipe – they tend to hold their shape once cooked, whereas other apples may become so mushy they’ll be hard for baby to pick up. You can peel the apple or leave the skin on – we’ve always found that our little ones simply spat out skin if they didn’t want it – but if you’re concerned that your baby will have difficulty with it, then just remove it!
1 apple, cut in half lengthwise
1 small sweet potato, cooked and mashed
1/2 tsp unsalted butter, melted
With a sharp knife, remove the core from the apple halves and scoop out some of the flesh so that you create a hollow.
Chop the apple flesh and mix with the cooked sweet potato, cinnamon and butter.
Spoon the mixture into the apple hollows, then place the apple halves in a small baking dish.
Bake at 350 deg F (170 deg C) for around 30 mins, until the apple is tender.
Cool and serve (you can cut into smaller pieces if necessary). Messy but oh-so-yummy!
Baby led weaning recipes – Sweet N Creamy Sweet Potato
Wrap the sweet potato in foil and bake for around 1 hour, until tender.
Cut crosswise into 1 1/2 inch wedges, then turn them so they sit flat on the cut sides.
Scoop a hollow into the centre of each piece (you can mash the scooped out pieces together and use them for something else).
Mix the cottage cheese with the pineapple and spoon into each hollow. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve as dessert… mmm!
Baby led weaning recipes – Cheese and Broccoli Muffins
6 cooked broccoli florets, chopped
6 grape/cherry tomatoes, chopped
4 oz (1 cup) grated Cheddar cheese
8 oz (2 cups) self rising flour (or – to reduce salt levels – use all purpose/plain flour plus 3 level tsp baking powder)
6 fl oz (3/4 cup) milk – use whole milk, or breastmilk/formula if you prefer
3 tbsp olive oil
1 egg, beaten
Pre-heat the oven to 375 deg F, 180 deg C.
In a bowl, mix together the flour, cheese and chopped broccoli.
Add the chopped tomatoes, milk, oil and egg and blend thoroughly.
Grease a 12 hole muffin tin and spoon in the batter.
Bake for 25 to 35 mins until golden.
Please note that these muffins will be fairly dense and moist.
Baby led weaning recipes – Carrot and Bean Cakes
4 oz (1/2 cup) cooked, mashed carrot
8 oz (1 cup) cannellini beans (or other white beans), mashed well
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 tbsp flour
Mix the carrot puree with the mashed beans, garlic and flour.
Form the mixture into little patties with your hands – if the mixture is too moist, add a little more flour.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan/skillet.
Fry the patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden.
Serve with applesauce for dipping!
From our blog:
Black Bean Cakes with Sweet Potato
Highly nutritious and easy to make!
Sweet potato baby food recipes –
including sweet potato pizza!
Avocado baby food ideas – why avocado is the perfect
food for babies!
Butternut squash recipes – with recipes
for butternut squash fries and yummy muffins for older babies.
Finger foods for baby – recipes from our visitors.
Have fun preparing these baby led weaning recipes and enjoy watching your little one tuck into your homemade creations!