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Weaning Advice

Autumn Inspired Finger Food Recipes

5 min read

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year! As the weather turns a little bit colder, we put on our cosy winter clothes and enjoy evenings by the fire or wrapped up with our little ones.
 
If your baby is at the age where you’re considering weaning finger foods, or simply wants to explore new textures and tastes, autumn is full of inspiration. Below are some of our favourite vegan finger-food recipes, perfect for sharing the tastes of the season with your budding foodie!

Roasted Veggie Sticks

This is a classic weaning recipe. Easy to make, and a great way to introduce your little one to a range of tasty autumn and winter vegetables!

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Carrot Fritters

Carrots are an excellent food for the baby weaning process. Not only are they packed with nutrients, but the colours are also exciting for young and curious minds!

Steamed carrot fingers are a quick and easy choice for weaning baby food. However, if you have a bit more time and want to be more adventurous, why not consider this recipe, perfect for little ones from seven months and over.

You Will Need

  • 3 grated carrots
  • 90g gram (chickpea) flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 2-4tsp chopped parsley
  • 120ml cold water
  • Oil for frying 

Method

  1. Mix the carrots, flour, baking powder, cumin, herbs and water in a mixing bowl.
  2. Heat a bit of oil in a frying pan and place spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan, leaving enough space to turn over.
  3. Cook for a few minutes on low before turning over.
  4. Press on the top to check they are firm before removing from the pan and draining on kitchen paper.

Babease Top Tip

The cumin and parsley are great for adding flavour to these delicious fritters, but they aren’t a necessity. If you want to keep it simple, just using grated carrots is perfectly fine – your little one will love it!

Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups

The perfect autumnal warmer, these apple and cinnamon cups are full of nutritious ingredients and perfect for the whole family!

Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups

Pumpkin Pancakes

Autumn just isn’t complete without a bit of pumpkin! These little treats are perfect for the start of the weaning journey, as they are light to hold and easy to chew.

Whether it’s as a festive Halloween treat or a healthy breakfast alternative, this is the perfect recipe for introducing the taste of pumpkin to your budding foodie.

You Will Need

  • 35g plain flour
  • 35g rolled oats
  • 175g pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of cinnamon for taste

Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients together into a bowl and mix into a batter.
  2. Add small amounts of batter to the frying pan to create baby finger-sized pancakes.
  3. Cook for around three minutes or until golden brown before flipping to the other side.
  4. Allow to cool before serving.

Babease Top Tip

What’s great about these pancakes is that they are freezable, so you can make a batch and save them for another day! Just defrost them in a microwave when you want to enjoy.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Suitable from the second stage of weaning.

Another classic taste of autumn and winter is butternut squash. For little foodies, this is a great choice for the weaning journey, in the same way as pumpkin!

This recipe is suitable for the second stage of the weaning process. Full of nutritious goodness and flavours, you can make some extra to serve as a side for the grown-ups!

You Will Need

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp dried thyme
  • 3tbsp oil

Method

  1. Peel the butternut squash and cut into slices (around 1 inch). If a piece has seeds, cut out the centre to create a seedless ring.
  2. Mix the dried thyme and cinnamon into the oil and coat each slice in the mixture.
  3. Place the slices on a baking tray and bake for around 25 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool before serving.

A butternut squash being cut into slices and rings on a cutting board

There are countless unique finger food ideas for little ones, and this list just scratches the surface! If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our Recipes section, which is full of quick and exciting food that can be enjoyed by both adults and babies.

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