Feeding a vegan baby can be difficult, especially when you are constantly told (thanks to Government guidelines!) that babies need lots of dairy and cow’s milk.
But thankfully, there are lots of great baby vegan food recipes that you can keep to hand to keep your little one full up with nutritious plant based foods.
Remember to always choose organic produce, especially when using them in children’s meals.
Baby Bean Stew
1 finely chopped small onion
75g dried peas and beans, soaked for 8-10 hours
1 tbsp dried lentils
1 finely diced carrot
1 diced small parsnip
1 tsp tomato puree
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs or handful of fresh herbs
500ml vegetable stock
15g plain flour
Lightly fry your onion in vegetable oil and then add in the remaining ingredients except for the flour.
Bring the pan of ingredients to the boil then gently simmer for around one hour.
Add 1 tbsp cold water to the flour and mix to a paste until there are no lumps. Add this to stew and cook for a few minutes longer until it gets thicker. If your baby is 10 months or over, serve as is but you can puree the mix for younger babies.
Lovely Lentil Soup
50g dried red lentils
1 diced carrot
1 finely chopped onion
280ml almond milk
280ml vegetable stock
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
This one is so simple, just place all ingredients in a medium sized pan and simmer for 45 minutes until the lentils are soft. Allow to cool a little, then blend to the right consistency for your baby’s age
So Simple Fruit Puree
This is a great one for baby’s first vegan food. Simply choose which fruit you want to use, and peel and chop two pieces of fruit into small pieces. In a pan, bring 200ml water to the boil then throw in your fruit and simmer on a medium heat for around 5-10 minutes depending on the type of fruit (harder fruits need longer). Once the fruit has become very, very soft, blend it and allow to cool before serving.
Raw Fruit and Vegetables
Don’t forget to feed your baby plenty of raw fruit and vegetable, cut into bite sized pieces, they love exploring with their hands so let them get messy, let them develop a great relationship with their food and you’ll never struggle to feed them!
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