During the first year, your baby will drink lots of milk. Finding ideas for baby snacks from 6 months to 1 year and over is not that easy. They’re not supposed to eat sugar yet so you are left with… fruits, yogurt, fruits and yogurt.
The good news is yogurt (definitely plain) and (seasonal) fruits are a great base that can be enriched in so many ways. Here are just a few ideas that I’ve tried and that I’m still using now than my child is +1 year old.
Banana: is my favourite, last-minute breakfast or snack. My baby ate it on its own from 6 months or I usually squashed it with a fork. Great to mix with yogurt. Also perfect to add sweetness and consistency to other juicy fruits.
Chia seeds: rich in fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids; they are perfect to give consistency to a pureed fruit or plain yogurt. Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes, to give time to the seeds to absorb the liquid.
Oatmeal: gluten-free, they are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants. Excellent for a richer snack. To add to plain yogurt (allow to stand for at least 10 minutes to soften) and top with dried fruits if you like. You can also cook some oatmeal a few minutes with coconut milk. Absolutely delicious.
Dried fruits: so far I’ve tried only a few, but they are great to add some natural sweetness to plain yogurt for example, and full of nutrients.
Raisins: fiber, vitamins, minerals. Also cheap and easy to find.
Dry apricots: rich in vitamin A, fiber and especially iron
Dry coconut powder: fiber, iron and healthy fat.
Cinnamon: a pinch of cinnamon just change the whole taste. Delicious with a mix of banana and yogurt or yogurt and coconut.
Oh and sometimes, for a real change, I made banana pancakes for him or banana muffins that he enjoys even more! So now you wanna now about my banana muffins?
For about 6 small muffins, you take the same ingredients as the banana pancake recipe (exactly the same, yes!), you mash banana and combine with the eggs in the same way. Then pour the mixture in your muffin pan and bake in preheated oven to 180°C for 12 minutes.
The fun part is that since it comes out thicker you can easily add some other ingredients, like any of the ones listed above. For example I tried adding dry coconut powder, dry apricot (chopped very thinly) and chia seeds to give it a real kick!
My advice: what you see in the main picture is more or less what I have been using since he’s 6 months old. The Nom-Nom (reusable pouches) have been my best friends since the first day, also to make him drink milk when we switched from breastfeeding to baby bottle (which took him 2 whole months to accept it!). And the sipping cup (first he was using the one with handles) was awesome to make him learn how to drink properly without dripping. Finally, I used lots of those little jars to make my own prepared yoghurt.
Note: Of course you should always be careful when giving solid food to your child. My son was about 7-8 months when I made banana muffins for example and the consistency was perfect for him only because he was used to chew immediately when I introduced food to him around 6 months old.