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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, perfect for little ones that are getting confident with new textures. An autumnal favourite, these vegetable sticks are the ideal slice of goodness for cold, early nights or a weekend treat when you can enjoy dinner together.

This recipe is ideal for babies reaching the end of the second stage of weaning, before they move onto crunchier foods.

You Will Need

  • Mixed root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips or sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil for coating

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Thoroughly clean and peel your chosen vegetables before cutting them into long sticks, thin enough for babies to hold but not too thin that it becomes floppy.
  3. Spread the sticks out across a baking tray and coat with olive oil.
  4. Roast in the oven for around 40 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork.
  5. Allow to cool before serving.

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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!

Organic carrots of various colours

Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups

Apple and cinnamon is a wonderful combination of flavours that are perfect for warming the heart during the colder autumn days. Full of excellent, healthy ingredients and perfect for babies aged seven months and up, you might want to make a few of these to share with your little one!

You Will Need

  • 3 apples, peeled and grated
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 245g plain yoghurt
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 2tsp vanilla
  • 280g rolled oats
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp baking powder

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C.
  2. In one bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cinnamon and baking powder.
  3. In another bowl, combine the bananas, apples, yoghurt, butter and vanilla.
  4. Then mix the two bowls together and transfer the final mixture into greased muffin tins.
  5. Bake until golden and let them cool before serving.

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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