Yesterday, Jacob and I stayed home all day which is unusual for us. We had no particular place to go and it was grey and drizzly outdoors so we put on the heating, brought out every single one of Jacob’s toys and ploughed through a pile of books. By late afternoon I was starting to hit a wall, running out of ideas to carry us through to 5pm, until a happy and comforting little thought flitted through my brain – let’s do some baby baking!
I haven’t done very much baking since I completed my Bake Off Challenge but I had been really inspired by my friend Julia when I visited her home for lunch last week. She is a big fan of baby-led weaning and has given her daughter non-pureed food from 6 months. She loves the blog My Lovely Little Lunch Box and served up all kinds of delicious, vegetable packed morsels for Jacob and me when we visited. Another friend had given me a 24 hole mini muffin pan for my birthday so I was all set to make baby sized treats. It was a lot of fun! I made some savoury flapjacks with grated carrot, courgette and onion mixed in with cheese and they turned out really well. Jacob loved them. I had never even considered the idea of making savoury flapjacks before but I will definitely be making them again. And Danny ate a ton too so I already have none left, haha.
I also made some mini vegetable muffins that Jacob can have for his mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks. I used this recipe with carrot, courgette and sweetcorn and then made a second batch with spinach and mushroom that I had leftover in the fridge. I think that is the great thing about these muffins – you can just throw in whatever you happen to have in the fridge or adapt the recipe slightly to make a fruity version. They freeze beautifully so if you make enough you have a snack supply for weeks! Whilst I baked I gave Jacob his own mini frying pan, mini colander and wooden spoon and he happily played with these and spent ages opening and closing the cupboards. I am very conscious that I want Jacob to have as healthy a diet as possible and I think it is easy to write off baked goods as generally quite sugary and unhealthy but these little treats proved me wrong. I plan to do lots more healthy baking from now on!
Do you do baby led weaning? What recipes are a winner in your household?