We have been doing baby-led weaning for about two months now and I absolutely love it. Most importantly Maia loves it too. In case you aren’t familiar with baby-led weaning it is the practice of giving your baby food that they can handle and feed themselves, instead of being spoon-fed by an adult.
Papaya really enjoys eating and it’s great seeing her try new foods and genuinely enjoy it. One of the biggest things that drew me to baby-led weaning is the fact that you are less likely to have a picky eater one day. Up to this point we really haven’t found anything that Papaya doesn’t enjoy, she devours broccoli with gusto. It is also very easy, the only things you really want to stay away from is honey (because of the risk that it could contain botulism spores), so I never worry about having purées she just eats what I do. Although it can be quite tricky to avoid honey, (you won’t believe how many things contain honey), you just have to be very vigilant when it comes to checking labels.
This little recipe is a favourite of ours and I make it for us quite often when Bennie is at work. It is based on a pancake recipe that we often have at my mom’s. They make the pancakes quite big and thin so I had to adapt it slightly to make it easier for little hands. The first time I tried it this way I didn’t precook the apples, which was a huge mistake, the apple was still so hard that Maia only sucked the cooked dough off of the apple slices and then tried to chew on the raw apple. Now I steam my apple slices for a few minutes and then I just put them to the side while I prepare the batter. It is much easier for babies to eat , this way she actually eats the apple instead of just gumming it.
This time we had the fritters with some berries and grapes and a dusting of powdered sugar for me because I was feeling a little extra. Papaya had two apple rings which I cut in half. She finished all of the apple fritters and most of the berries. As usual it was a hit. These fritters are also really yummy with a little bit of Greek yogurt for dipping.
2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into rings
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 tablespoon white flour
2 tablespoons brown whole-wheat flour
Place apple slices in a saucepan with a splash of water and pinch of cinnamon.
Bring water to a boil, cover, let simmer for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat. Leave covered until batter is finished.
Lightly beat your egg then add flour, mix until you get a thick, smooth batter. Add milk if batter is too dry.
Add cooked apple slices to batter and coat well.
Fry apple slices in a little coconut oil until they are golden brown.
Serve with fruit or yoghurt.