Saturday, 4 March 2017

OUR FIRST STAGES OF BABY LED WEANING PLUS BANANA AND BLUEBERRY MUFFIN RECIPE


So when we first started out journey of Baby Led Weaning we started out slow. We steamed, boiled and baked the vegetables until they were nice and tender for Imogen to eat. Well, play with too! When we first started Imogen had no teeth so I didn't want anything too hard for her to chomp on unless it was specifically for her teething. Our favorites to boil was parsnips, broccoli, sweet potato and carrots. Our favourites to steam were potatoes and cauliflower and we loved to bake anything and everything. So I wanted to share with you a couple of recipes of things we have tried and tested, and we're always using as her first 'real foods'.

In the first few weeks we stuck to veggies being on their own and we used up our fruit puree's in porridge/muesli and on bits of toast and cracker breaks. Then we started to introduce bits of chicken and fish into her diet, depending on what we was eating as a family. With my partner being vegan, it's normally whatever I'm eating for her to try out or what her Nana is eating but we try to make sure she has a well balanced diet, and tries bits of everything with different textures.

To keep up with textures we introduced more foods such as pasta, pancakes, pastry and muffins. All of these are packed with fruit and vegetables. There's a million and one different recipes all over the internet but I wanted to share with you our experiences and the flavours we try to pack into the meals.

Today I'm sharing with you the Banana Muffin recipe that we first made for Imogen. I found the recipe from The Baby Bistro which you can find here. After making them a couple of times I adapted it and added a couple of ingredients to the muffins that we both enjoy together! This normally makes around 12 muffins and is dairy free!


Ingredients used: 

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 75g unsalted butter melted. (We use Vegan margarine, works the same!)
  • 1 egg
  • A splash or 2 of whole milk (Again, to your preference, I leave this out!)
  • A couple of blueberries per muffin. 

  • So to begin, start mashing the bananas with a fork until they're completely mushed and put them into a large mixing bowl. 
  • Then sift 150g of self raising flour into the bowl. 
  • Add the melted butter, egg and cinnamon to the mix. 

  • Then mix until everything is blended together and you're left with a slightly lumpy batter. 

  • After this, spoon half of the mixture into the muffin tin or cake cases.

  • Add a couple of blueberries into the cases. The blueberries soften in the often and is great for BLW. 
  • Spoon the rest of the mixture into the cases and you're ready to put into the oven for around 15 minutes. 

  • And walah, you've done! Just leave them to cool down for you and your babe to enjoy. I must admit, if you were making an adult only version, add a couple teaspoons of sugar for taste! 



We love this recipe in our house and R wants me to make him a vegan version! I just think its a great finger food that's packed with fruit and not any nasty extra's and looks like a treat! If you've made it, let me know how you get on! 

Until next time, 


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