Baba ganoush might not be something you’d think about making for your baby, but this popular Middle Eastern dish is easy to make, uses nutritious ingredients and will excite your little one’s palate.
Our recipe is adapted to suit tiny tastebuds, so they can enjoy the new flavours of baba ganoush (or baby ganoush, if you will).
- 1 aubergine
- 1 tbsp Tahini
- 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- Optional: Babease Stage 1 pouch for additional flavour (we love the sweet potato, carrot and cauliflower pouch for this recipe)
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper (it stops the aubergines sticking to the tray).
- Cut the aubergine in half, lengthwise, and brush the cut side with olive oil. Place the aubergines on the baking sheet, cut side down, and roast for 35-40 minutes.
- When the aubergine is soft throughout, set it aside to cool. Then scoop out the flesh, and recycle the skin.
- Place the aubergine flesh in a strainer or sieve to remove as much liquid as possible. Let it rest for a few minutes, then give it a stir to drain.
- Pop the aubergine flesh in a food processor with the tahini, yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice and, if you’ve chosen to use it, the Babease pouch. Blend until smooth. If you don’t have a food processor, then you can combine these ingredients by hand, although it will take a little longer to make it smooth.
- Serve the baba ganoush in a bowl, and enjoy!
The baba ganoush for babies can be served as a puree for baby to eat with a spoon or as a dip for finger foods like vegetable sticks or pita bread. If parents would like a taste, then you can also add a drizzle of olive oil and smoked paprika to add some extra flavour for the grown-ups!
Can Babies Eat Aubergine?
Aubergine (also known as eggplant) can be introduced to your little one’s diet when they are ready to start solid foods, usually around six months old. Aubergine is a good food to introduce at a younger age, as this vegetable’s bitter taste can help develop your baby’s palate.
Aubergine also contains a whole bunch of great nutrients for babies, such as vitamin B6, antioxidants, and plenty of fibre to aid digestion.
Also, as aubergine becomes soft and mushy when well cooked, it’s great for weaning babies, as it is less of a choking risk.