Since my son decided to go vegetarian I have been experimenting with more meat free and vegan options. There are so many great vegan recipes for kids, and adults, out there and just because the recipes don’t contain any animal products certainly doesn’t mean that they are lacking in taste and flavour. So, I have rounded up some of my absolute favourite vegan baby led weaning recipes and vegan recipes for kids below. Take a look at these 25 delicious recipes and get cooking!
Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
This is a recipe for butternut squash soup that you have to save in your bookmarks – or even better press print and make it today! It is a great vegan baby food and works well if you make a double batch and freeze in little zip-lock bag portions, perfect for busy days. Another great tip is to store in a mini muffin tin so you have little baby sized portions on hand always! When they are frozen, pop them out and place into freezer bags then label. When you come home from work at 6pm and your baby is REALLY hungry and can’t wait for food (which was always the case in our house), you can pop a little portion into a bowl and straight into the microwave. They defrost in less than 5 minutes! Serve with a little brown bread to soak it up and place it in front of your little one then let them get to work.
Vegan Breakfast Cookies
I know what you’re thinking, Cookies for breakfast, really?! Even my kids think I’ve lost my mind, however, these cookies are only filled with the things they would be eating anyway – Bananas, Oats, Nut Butter and are topped with my delicious chia jam!
Garlic and Herb Roasted Chickpeas
These yummy crispy chickpeas make a great nut-free snack alternative for lunch boxes and are perfect for after school snacks too. This recipe is also gluten free, dairy free and vegan, so a very allergy friendly snack!
Vegan Ice Cream
This recipe for 3-minute vegan Strawberry Ice cream started out as a smoothie recipe, but is a brilliant and healthy way to make a dairy-free strawberry ice cream! Delicious!
Sweet Potato & Chocolate Muffins
I absolutely love muffins and I think they are such an amazing food for little hands to hold and can be filled with amazing ingredients to make them super healthy. My aim with this recipe was to come up with a solution to an egg free muffin that still tastes really good. These turned out amazing and it is so hard to believe they are really good for you! As there is no egg in the batter it can be eaten raw so little hands can help with the cooking too.
Peanut Butter Apple Donuts
This simple but delicious raw apple recipe takes less than 5 minutes to put together and makes a really fun healthy snack for kids. The apple and dried fruit helps towards their five a day and the nuts are high in protein to help keep them full until the next meal.
I have been experimenting with animal free ingredients since I started this project so that I can give vegan and vegetarian options for your lovely babies. Vegan quiches are not something that I thought would work but these proved me wrong and, completely fooled my 13 year old daughter (who is still walking around the kitchen in amazement that I used no egg). The pastry uses buckwheat flour and coconut oil and it works really well.
Monster Energy Bites
These fun energy bites are nut, dairy, gluten free and vegan. They are a great treat for kids following a vegan diet or those who have allergies or intolerance.
Vegan Gummy Worms
Made with fresh fruit, juice, apple juice and agar powder, these fruity snacks are all treats without any of the tricks. Just easy, no sugar added ingredients that you can feel good about feeding your family.
Morroccan Vegan Veggie Stew
I love Moroccan cuisine and all the colourful flavours it brings to table, so I wanted to create a baby-friendly, healthy family dinner that’s easy to cook, savoury, and truly encompasses the taste of Morocco. Introducing new spices in a variety of foods will help ease your little ones into their grown-up palettes, as well as (hopefully) help curb picky eating habits in the future.
This stew offers so many different textures and tastes — potatoes, carrots, kale, cumin, coriander, and more — giving baby a dish to dive into and explore! It’s packed with nutritious protein from the chickpeas, vitamin A, C, K, and potassium from the veggies. All this in a one-pot meal.
This homemade rice cracker recipe idea is perfect to use up leftover rice. By adding a little bit of natural flavouring to the rice and baking it, you can totally turn leftover rice into crunchy rice crackers. This recipe uses sweet smoked paprika to flavour the crackers, making homemade bbq cracker type flavour and adds colour, but you could try your favourite spice!
Vegan Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
If you’re looking for a decadent sweet treat, look no further! This amazing vegan banana cream pie is refined sugar free and is sweetened with ripe bananas, coconut cream, and a little maple syrup!
Vegan Banana French Toast.
Vegan French Toast with Caramelized bananas. Banana and non dairy milk make up the french toast batter. Cooked French toast is served with caramelized Bananas, maple and vegan butter to make a delicious, nut-free and vegan recipe.
Korma (With a Vegan Option)
As you are all probably aware, my 12 year old son is vegetarian (and my husband is solidarity), however, Dylans favourite food in the ENTIRE world is korma. My korma .This is a great dish to make into a vegan one and so easy too. Replace the Greek yogurt with coconut yogurt and replace the chicken with tofu. To cook the tofu, just coat in cornflour before frying in a pan with a little rapeseed oil over a medium heat. Once cooked leaved aside until the sauce is cooked, then add at the very end. This keeps the tofu lovely and crispy and helps it to stay together.
Vegan Cheese Sauce
Stuffed with hidden vegetables and free of soy, this vegan cheese sauce is the perfect sauce for dipping chips into. Your kids will never know they are eating cauliflower and bell pepper.
Ultimate Fudgy Paleo Vegan Brownies
These brownies are so fudgy, your kids won’t even be able to tell they’re healthy.
Butternut Squash Creamy Pasta Sauce
Butternut squash is sometimes over-looked as a boring, hard to peel ‘too much effort’ vegetable but it is a great one to try include in your kids diet due to it’s high nutritional content. It provides ample amounts of dietary fibre, is high in vitamins, potassium and a great source of beta-carotene.
Roasted Carrot Hummus
This hummus is so delicious and I promise if you try it once you will end up making it again and again and again!
Chocolate Orange Mini Muffins
This recipe combines two fantastic ingredients, avocado and orange, in a food processor to create awesome chocolaty fudgy avocado muffin bites! Almost akin to chocolate brownie.
Apple Banana Quinoa Oat Bites
Delicious mini bites made with four simple ingredients, soft and chewy so perfect for baby led weaning and toddlers too.
Curried Lentil Bake
Lentil Bake is perfect as part of a main meal but also as part of a packed lunch. Great for kids of all ages and fantastic for baby-led weaning
Sweet Potato Lentil Baby Fritters
These Sweet Potato Lentil Baby Fritters are a fantastic high iron first food for baby-led weaning, especially for vegetarian and vegan babies.
Banana, Avocado and Almond Pancakes
The recipe is vegan (no eggs, no dairy), super soft and perfect for little palates. It can be served to babies starting from 6 months of age: simply skip the maple syrup and add an extra super ripe banana.
These vegan bread sticks are baby led weaning friendly, easy to grab, and packed with protein and vegetables, made from chickpea flour.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
This recipe does take a wee bit of time, but most of that is oven time; not actually requiring any effort on your part – bonus! It was super popular with both my kids and my beef burger loving husband, and I was able to cram a helluva lot of veggies in there