Nutritious plant based baby food recipes that’ll help your little one grow
Is your baby about to turn 6 months old and you’re thinking about what foods to start him on? Are you already on the baby food journey and you’re getting stuck on what to serve every day?
My little princess Aria will be 6 months in a few weeks and I know I’m already compiling a list of foods to start with.
It’s actually a lot easier than you think to come up with vegan baby food recipes since most little ones start out with fruits and veggies anyway.
By adding plant based protein sources, as well as healthy fats and whole grains, you’ve got yourself completely vegan meals, with all the nutrients your baby needs.
Whether you’re vegan or not, you may be wondering if it’s safe to feed a baby a vegan diet.
As a vegan for over 5 years, I thought this too when starting my older daughter on solids. I reached out to a children’s nutritionist who reassured me that it’s completely safe and healthy to follow a plant based diet, as long as you ensure you’re little one gets enough protein and fat.
“In general, it’s safe and healthy to offer a plant-based diet [for this age range],” confirms pediatric dietitian Amy Chow, RD.Healthline
Vegan baby food recipes
Let’s get started on these fabulous vegan baby food recipes, which will include lots of healthy goodies for your little one to grow into an incredible human being!
Protein foods for babies
Here you will find some excellent protein rich foods that are entirely vegan and cruelty free. Feed your little one wholesome foods, knowing no animals were harmed in the process.
Vegan protein can come in many forms such as lentils, beans, tofu, and nut butter.
Just to point out, Haylee tasted all of these foods when she was younger and they’re definitely baby approved!
These are also excellent foods for baby led weaning, to help your baby develop the pincer grasp and gain independence and confidence with food.
These are easy to make and resemble an egg omelette. Simply skip out the salt since babies under 1 shouldn’t have any salt. You can smear a bit of tahini on top for added protein and iron.
Warm savory pancakes are excellent for breakfast instead of the traditional sweet pancakes. Lentils are a great source of protein, iron, zinc, and potassium. Just skip out the salt so they’re baby friendly.
Which kid doesn’t like mac n cheese? As a vegan, you can still enjoy this delicious staple by following this simple recipe.
These muffins are excellent to serve your baby as a snack. There are just a few slight adjustments to make it vegan and baby friendly.
Instead of eggs, use flax eggs – 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water is the equivalent of 1 egg. Skip the chocolate chips, and instead of maple syrup, use mashed bananas.
I promise these muffins are still a delight. Haylee loved them!
Here’s a twist to the usual meat burger. Instead, it’s completely plant based and still packed with protein for your little one. Just ditch the salt since it’s unnecessary for babies.
This is a great meal to serve your baby. Use water for cooking the lentils instead of vegetable broth since broths tend to be high in sodium which isn’t good for babies.
There’s no need to make the glaze for this baby food recipe, and like the other recipes, skip the salt.
Excellent to serve plain or with a simple tomato sauce. These vegan meatballs were a favorite when I made them for Haylee.
Sweet baby foods
The following baby foods are all sweet but without any sugar.
Just a reminder that babies under 1 can’t eat honey. Anyways, babies shouldn’t be eating anything with added sugar.
The recipes I’m about to offer use fruit as a sweetener. Even with my toddler, Haylee, I usually use overripe bananas to sweeten her oatmeal, muffins, or cookies instead of adding sugar.
These muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. Best part is that they’re so easy to make and are freezer friendly!
These cookies only contain a handful of ingredients and are ready in under 30 minutes. This is one of my go-to vegan baby food recipes for my daughter.
These cookies are not only sweet but also loaded with veggies. Give it a try and your baby will surely love it!
Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? These are delicious – my toddler and I love them! Skip out the maple syrup if your little one is under 12 months but I guarantee you they will still be sweet, thanks to the banana.
These are perfect for serving as a snack or taking with you on the go. Simple ingredients yield a tasty and healthy snack. Skip out the chocolate chips and nuts for little ones.
Loaded with protein, these cookies are an excellent way to ensure your little one gets the necessary plant based protein she needs.
Pancakes are an excellent food for vegan baby led weaning since the texture is soft enough for little gums. These pancakes are not only sugar free by simply swapping the maple syrup for an equal amount of mashed banana, but they’re also loaded with protein and veggies.
Vegan Carbs for Babies
Did you know that carbs are the biggest food group for babies and toddlers? That’s because they need lots of energy for all those amazing new skills they’re learning.
Usually, it’s not hard to give them enough carbs and grains since that’s a favorite among babies and toddlers. Haylee will never pass up an opportunity to have a fresh roll, mashed potatoes, or plain whole wheat pasta.
It’s always best to offer whole grains such as red or brown rice, or whole wheat flour, instead of processed white rice or white flour.
Here are some of our favorites!
Kids love mac n cheese but when you’re vegan, you need to come up with new ways to attain that cheesy flavor. This recipe does just that with a surprise ingredient.
16. Oatcake Wraps
These wraps only need 2 ingredients and they’re super easy to make! You can spread nut butter or tahini on it and that can be the perfect lunch for your baby.
Fried little cakes filled with a nice balance of carbs and veggies. These potato cakes make for a splendid side dish in any meal.
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Just the way I like my potato wedges. And also the perfect way to serve foods to your little one with the baby led weaning method.
I made this bread countless times for Haylee when she started out with baby led weaning. Most store bought breads contain sugar and preservatives. This bread is so easy to make and it’s healthy for your baby. Add this to your go to list of vegan baby food recipes!
Once your little one starts teething, these biscuits will be a staple in your kitchen. Quick and easy to make with only a handful of ingredients.
These are perfect for breakfast or snack. Instead of adding maple syrup in this recipe, you can easily replace it with mashed banana.
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To wrap up
Here are over 20 vegan baby food recipes to get your started on your baby led weaning journey or to add some variety to your already established feeding routine.
These recipes can be useful for babies and toddlers, simply adjust according to their sugar intake.
Let me know which recipes you like to make for your little one!