These edamame fritters are perfect for baby led-weaning. Easy to make and Packed with nutrients, protein, quality carbs, and veggies, these baby fritters are a great way to introduce real foods to your kids.
Baby-led weaning can be SO FUN and I have loved cooking homemade meals for my 10 months old boy, Oliver.
These edamame fritters have been one of Oliver’s FAVORITES! I started making them for him when he was 7 – 8 months old (once he has tried most of the ingredients in the fritters).
These baby fritters are packed with protein, healthy carbs and veggies, and seasoned with a little garlic and curry powder.
And the more food we introduce to our son, the more similar he can eat to us.
Like these edamame fritters, they are delicious for adults too, you just need to add some salt before pan-frying them.
Why I love these edamame fritters
There are so many reasons to love these baby-led edamame fritters, but let me list my top five reasons.
- Ollie LOVES them!
Is these anything more pleasing than seeing your kid loving the food you make them? I’m sure it’s the same thing no mather if your kid is 6 months old or 35 years old… It’s a reason alone to keep making these baby veggie fritters.
- They are delicious!
These fritters are yummy for both kids and adults, just add some salt for the older kids and you have patties that the whole family can enjoy.
- Quick and easy to make!
These baby-led weaning edamame fritters are made in no time using one blender and a frying pan. That means, minimal chopping, prepping, and cleaning. Perfect for a busy mama.
- They are packed with nutrients!
It feels so good knowing that I’m feeding my baby all the nutrients that he needs, especially when weaning. For example, edamame are very hight in protein. They are also a great source for vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin K1 and folate. You can read more about the health benefits of edamame here.
- Perfect to freeze!
This recipe makes about 8 and I usually freeze about half. It’s perfect to quickly thaw one or two when needed.
baby-led weaning food ideas
One of the best things about these edamame fritters is that they are easy to variate! There are seriously so many variations that you can make using the same method.
Using this method and the same kind of ingredients might help you incorporate foods that generally are hard to introduce to your little ones, like chickpeas, beans, and leafy greens.
In my opinion, there are five main components to a good baby fritter:
Start the fritter with a protein-packed bean or pea. They make a great base with their texture and nutritional value. Instead of edamame, you can also use chickpeas, green peas, kidney beans, or other legumes.
I love adding a handful of spinach (after passing the 6 months mark) for the extra veggies. You can also add cooked carrots, sweet potatoes, or any other vegetable that your baby likes (or that you want to introduce to them).
A binding flour
Oat flour, whole wheat flour, or regular all-purpose flour all works great for baby-led weaning food. It can also be a good way to introduce gluten to your baby.
Another binder for these edamame fritters and other fritters and patties is eggs which also is another very nutritious and healthy food to serve your baby. You can read more about the benefits of serving your kid eggs, and especially egg yolk, here.
Not only will it make the baby accustomed to more and new flavors, but it will also make to food taste better. Just like adults, the flavor is very important to babies and kids. Onion powder, garlic powder, herbs, paprika powder, cumin, and curry powder are all great ways of seasoning your baby’s food. Just be sure not to add any salt.
Ingredients needed for these edamame fritters
To make these fritters that are perfect as a baby-led weaning first food, all you need are six main ingredients and two optional for flavor. They are all ingredients that I cook with on a regular basis which makes them perfect when wanting to introduce new foods to your baby.
- Edamame (frozen and thawed)
- Spinach or cilantro
- Oat flour
- Baking powder
- Garlic powder (optional)
- Curry powder (optional)
How to make baby approved edamame fritters
These edamame fritters are so easy to make in just a few simple steps.
Start with roughly chopping the onion and sauté it in vegetable oil on low heat.
Then, add all the ingredients – Edamame, spinach, eggs, oat flour, baking powder, sautéed onion, garlic powder, and curry powder to a food processor or a high-speed blender. (You can also use an emersion blender.)
Mix well until a smooth paste has formed.
Then, heat 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
Lastly, scoop the batter directly into the hot pan or make small patties using wet hands and cook them like pancakes.
How to serve edamame fritters when using baby-led feeding
These edamame fritters can be served in a lot of different ways.
However, most of the time I cut them into strips. This way, Oliver can hold it by himself and all I have to do is to clean up the mess after him…
Oliver loves when I serve them as toast. They are so much more flavorful and nutritious and than a piece of bread and perfect to top with all different kinds of spreads and toppings.
Using them as toasts is also a great way to introduce common allergy foods to the baby.
I’m using the edamame fritters as a base and then slowly introducing other allergy-sensitive foods on top of them.
We love topping the fritters with avocado puree, goat cheese, egg yolks, and nut butter.
You can get some other tips and read more about introducing common food allergies to babies here.
These edamame fritters are also perfect to serve as part of a whole meal, kind of like how you would serve it to an adult, with starch, sauce, and veggies on the sides.
Good luck with the baby-led weaning and I hope you got some new ideas on how to introduce new foods to your baby.
Let me know how it went in the comments below and leave me a review on how your baby liked these edamame fritters.
More Kid-friendly recipes:
- 1 cup edamame (frozen and thawed)
- 1 handful spinach or cilantro
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup heaping oat flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder *
- 1 pinch of curry powder *
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin *
- Start with roughly chopping the onion and sauté it in vegetable oil on low heat.
- Add all the ingredients - edamame, spinach, eggs, oat flour, baking powder, sautéed onion, garlic powder, and curry powder to a food processor or a high-speed blender. (You can also use an emersion blender.)
- Mix well until a smooth paste has formed.
- Heat 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Scoop the batter directly into the hot pan or make small patties using wet hands and cook them like pancakes.
* You can adjust the amount of spice to fit your baby's taste. Babies love flavors!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.