When the lovely people at team Annabel Karmel contacted me about their new Baby-Led Weaning recipe book I was excited to hear more about it. I love finding new recipes for Harry to try and with another baby on the way I could use all the meal inspiration I can get! It’s amazing how quickly you forget about those early days of weaning and, although it’s a long way off yet, I’m excited to learn ready for round 2 of our weaning adventures.
Our thoughts on the book
The ‘do what works for you’ approach to weaning in the book really struck a chord with me as I never fit into one weaning category. We gave mostly finger foods like baby led weaning but also supported with a spoon. At the time we received criticism for not doing pure traditional weaning or pure baby led weaning and it was difficult to hear when I knew I was following my baby’s lead and doing what was right for him.
Since starting my blog I hear more and more stories from people who’ve had similar experiences and I feel like Annabel Karmel has really taken note of the approach many parents are choosing towards weaning these days and is providing a book to reflect that. You don’t have to fit into a specific weaning camp to wean your baby in a safe, healthy way. Take what you like from baby led weaning and use it in a way that works for your baby.
When my copy of the recipe book arrived I couldn’t wait to have a look and get in the kitchen. The introduction to the book is particularly useful for parents who are new to weaning and want some more information about the different types of weaning, how to start and some basic do’s and don’ts. It is just the right amount of information without being overwhelming and I really like the fact that this has been included along with the recipes.
Carrot and banana cookies
The first recipe we tried from the book was the carrot and banana cookies. They stood out to me as they looked easy to make, required little washing up afterwards and were refined sugar free so a healthy treat for Harry.
These were a huge success and Harry spent the rest of the afternoon banging on the kitchen door demanding, “More biscuits please Mummy!”
They tasted a little bit like a biscuit version of a carrot cake and I must admit I ate quite a few myself too!
Sweet potato and parsnip crisps
I love crisps, particularly vegetable ones, so I made these more for me than for Harry! They were really quick and easy to make however I would advise you keep a close eye on the oven while they’re in as they cook so quickly and a minute or two too long in the oven leaves them completely burnt and ruined.
I decided to serve the crisps with two of the dips from the book. I made the sweet chilli and cream cheese dip and the cottage cheese dip. Both were ready in under 5 minutes and were really tasty. They would be perfect served with veg dippers, pitta bread, breadsticks… Whatever you fancy!
Giveaway- Win a copy of Annabel Karmel’s Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book!
We are teaming up with the lovely people at team Annabel Karmel to offer two of our amazing Friendly First Foodies the chance to win a signed copy of Annabel Karmel’s Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book. To win all you need to do is comment below with your favourite thing about weaning or what you are most looking forward to if you haven’t started already!
Our two winners will be chosen at random on Saturday 3rd June and will be announced on this post and notified via email.
UK entries only.
Good luck everyone!
For more information about Annabel Karmel’s new book and approach to baby-led weaning visit her website: