Mama and baby breakfast bars (and a little baby-led weaning update)
Theo and I are doing baby-led weaning. It’s very trendy right now, but it does also seem to me to be the most sensible way to feed a tiny one. You wait until they’re 6 months old to start and go straight to solids, skipping purees entirely (or, if you give them purees, you pre-load a spoon and give them the spoon, so they decide whether to feed themselves). It’s cheaper than making or buying loads of purees. It’s fun. It’s SO messy.
We’ve been doing it for around six weeks now. When we started, about 99% of the food ended up on the floor, and anything that went in Theo’s mouth ended up there by accident. But slowly, slowly, he is getting the hang of things. There’s still a lot of food on the floor after each meal, but definitely less than there was. The other day he ate an entire (very small) sweet potato! He scooped out the insides with his gums and discarded the skins – so clever!
I recently bought some organic baby breakfast bars, which Theo absolutely devoured. I bought them on a whim, but they were flipping pricey, and I realised that I definitely didn’t want to get into the habit of buying a pack every few days. So I decided to look around to find a recipe to make them myself.
After a bit of trawling around the internet, I found this fab recipe. I won’t copy the recipe out here, as you can get it on the baby-led website, but I did make a few changes. I wasn’t too keen on the level of sugar involved, so cut it out entirely, and added three tablespoons of maple syrup instead, as suggested by one of the commenters. And it worked a treat! I used 20g of raisin, 20g of dried cranberries, and added 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg as well as cinnamon. Theo loves them and… I might have scoffed one or two as well. The bars are gorgeous. Fruity and chewy and they take about 5 minutes to whip together (plus 25 minutes in the oven). Win!
The best part about these bars is that I think you could probably make them differently every name. For my next batch, I’m going to omit the sweetener entirely and add some finely chopped apples and plums instead of raisins or cranberries. That might make the batter a bit wetter, but fingers crossed they’ll turn out ok!
If you have done baby-led weaning, or know someone who has, do you have any good recipes or helpful websites? I’m looking for things that can be eaten by both baby and me.