This is an introductory taste to one of Brits’ favourite dips, gently introducing your baby to stronger flavours such as tahini and garlic. Using satsumas instead of lemon juice means it’s less sharp (but with added fibre and vitamin C). We're also sneaking in some carrots (maybe you’ll have some left over from the Sunday roast?) for an even bigger nutritional boost, plus a hint of sweetness. This baby hummus recipe also introduces your tot to a little seasoning and a little honey (both of which shouldn’t be added to your baby's food until they are at least twelve months). Serve the hummus by itself or as a dip for bread and cooked vegetables. Delicious!
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp olive / rapeseed oil – plus 2 tbsp extra
½ can chickpeas, drained (approx 115g drained chickpeas)
2 tsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 satasuma – peeled, no pips! – broken into pieces
1 tsp honey / agave syrup
A pinch of salt (approx ¼ tsp) and a twist of black pepper
1. Heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.
2. Top, tail, peel and slice (lengthways) the carrots. Place in a roasting dish with the unpeeled garlic clove and about a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix through.
3. Roast for about 40 minutes until tender and starting to caramelise / colour at the edges. Allow to cool for ten minutes or so. Then carefully peel the garlic.
4. Place it all in a food processor (or use a stick blender) with the other ingredients (including the extra olive oil) and whizz up until smooth.
5. Serve with breadsticks or veg crudités. Or...
...Tip: you could also serve in sandwiches with grated cheese!
6 top tips for weaning
1. Babies are sensitive to the temperature of food, so test a little on the inside of your wrist – it should be no hotter than lukewarm.
2. Many recipes can be frozen in little portions – use small pots or an ice cube tray. Before serving, thaw, heat to piping hot, then allow to cool again.
3. Babies learn about food when they squish and squash it, so don’t tell them off for playing with their dinner!
4. Don’t add salt or sugar when making baby food. Honey should also be avoided until your tot is at least one year old, due to bacteria that’s occasionally present in it.
5. After your baby’s first birthday, you can replace formula or breast milk with cow’s milk – but you can breastfeed for as long as you want.
6. Don’t feel guilty for using baby food from a jar. You can’t be Supermum all the time!