Brilliant Finger Foods for Baby LED Weaning

If you’re stuck for quick-fix ideas on what to rustle up for your newly minted lil’ gourmand, here’s three failsafe finger food options that baby bellies love.

Avocado

Avocados

Avocados are a bonafide wonder-food; packed with fibre and healthy fats. In fact, they’re so good, they boast a nutritional profile close to that of breastmilk—so they’re a perfect first food for baby. You can mash ‘em up for little ones to dig into with a spoon, spread on a cracker, or cut into slices and roll in ground flaxseeds to take the slippery edge off.

Cinnamon banana pancakes

Sugar and flour-free, these pancakes are a great protein boost and help to keep lil’ bellies fuller for longer. They’re also a doddle to whip up; mash together one spotty banana with one egg, and a dash of cinnamon. Fry in coconut oil (and be gentle when you flip over!).

Veggie Parmesan Bread

This wholesome homemade bread is just right for taking on-the-go. It’s also a good savoury alternative to mix things up for your bub’s palate. It’s delish for older tastebuds too…

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 cup grated courgette
  • 1 cup chopped cooked spinach (start with frozen, defrost, and drain well)
  • ½ cup grated carrots

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, Parmesan, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and rapeseed oil.
  4. Combine wet ingredients and dry ingredients. Add in veggies. Transfer to the loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, slice and serve.

Store in refrigerator and reheat briefly as needed.

(Makes 12 servings)

Via parents.com