The core idea behind Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is that you introduce solids by letting your baby self-feed. So instead of spoon feeding purees, you provide suitable finger foods, while continuing to give them as much milk as they need.
We started to introduce the “approved foods” to Grant when he began to be interested in food. He loves them. However, gagging can be really scary. This is when I began to research an alternative. I loved the concepts behind BLW but it seemed he never got a wide variety of different foods. So, today we do purées and solid foods. Not strict with either, just introducing him to foods that feel right.
This is one of my go-to recipes for Grant. Its simple, gives him the control of how to put food in his mouth, and is packed with delicious nutrients. I played around with the recipe and find I like it “mushier” so he can tongue the food. This is just my preference however, so feel free to cook longer if you desire.
1 cup of buckwheat flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed
1 scoop of superfood Green Qi
1 large banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
1 medium avocado, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
*Note that this will make about 24 muffins, so if you want less, half the recipe.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, flax, green powder and cinnamon.
Make a well in the center and add the mashed banana, mashed avocado and applesauce. Stir until well combined.
Divide batter evenly among the 24 mini muffin cups. Bake for 20-30 minutes until set.
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