As such a cheap and easy meal to prepare, baked beans are a popular choice throughout the UK and beyond for kids and adults alike. If you’re looking for a baked beans for babies recipe, you’ve come to the right place. With sodium levels in canned products a concern, you can quickly and easily make you own homemade baked beans without using salt at all!
Baked Beans for Babies
This simple recipe is ready in around 15 minutes and will give you six delicious portions of baked beans specially made for your baby. That’s not to say adults cannot enjoy this recipe too!
This baked beans for baby recipe uses only a few staple ingredients:
- Haricot beans
- Black pepper
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What are the health benefits of haricot beans?
Haricot beans (also known as navy beans in the US) are a great source of nutrition for babies. These small, white beans are packed with protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for growth and development.
Haricot beans are particularly high in folate, iron, and magnesium, which are important nutrients for babies. Folate supports healthy brain development, while iron helps to prevent anaemia and magnesium helps to maintain healthy bones and muscles.
Additionally, the fibre in haricot beans can help to regulate digestion and promote healthy bowel movements. By incorporating haricot beans into your baby’s diet, you can provide them with a nutritious and delicious food that will support their overall health and well-being.
How do you serve baked beans for babies?
Baked beans are a versatile food and can therefore be served as a main meal, or as an accompaniment to many of your baby’s favourite dishes. Some easy meals that contain baked beans that make great meals for babies include:
- Beans on toast
- Jacket potatoes and baked beans
- Pureed baked beans
- Beans with broccoli and cheese bites
Is it okay for babies to eat baked beans?
It is worth remembering that not all canned baked beans are the same. When purchasing baked beans for your baby, look out for brands that contain low sugar and sodium levels, or be absolutely sure by making your own homemade baked beans for babies. There are many benefits to feeding your baby baked beans, and they’re also a versatile food, which is why they make such a good addition to your baby’s diet.
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Can these baked beans for baby be frozen?
Absolutely! Once you have made the recipe, allow the beans to cool down completely before separating it into freezer safe storage tubs. This recipe will make around six portions, so you can easily batch make this so you have plenty in your freezer for another day.
When you come to remove the portions from the freezer, ensure they are fully defrosted before serving to your baby. We recommend defrosting in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours.
Will baked beans make your baby gassy?
Baked beans are a good source of protein, fiber, and other important nutrients that are beneficial for a baby’s growth and development. However, they can also be high in complex carbohydrates that can be difficult for some babies to digest, leading to gas and discomfort.
In addition, baked beans often contain seasonings like onion, garlic, and spices that can also contribute to gassiness in babies. This recipe includes garlic, however you are free to omit this if you prefer.
If your baby is prone to digestive issues or has a sensitive stomach, it may be best to introduce baked beans gradually and in small amounts, observing how they respond to this food. It is always important to consult with your paediatrician or health visitor about your baby’s individual needs and dietary restrictions before introducing new foods to their diet.
When can you start offering your baby baked beans?
Parents interested in baby led weaning can even offer baked beans as a first food; from six months onwards. Alternatively, baked beans can be pureed and spoon fed to babies that prefer to be fed this way, again from six months and beyond.
- one can of haricot beans (drained)
- 500 grams passata
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp black pepper
- knob of butter
- 1 clove of garlic (minced)
- 100ml water
- Grab a saucepan and add a little knob of butter. Heat on the hob on medium heat and once melted, add the minced garlic and fry for a minute, stirring constantly so it doesn't burn.
- Add in the tablespoon of tomato puree, black pepper and stir for another 30 seconds, ensuring it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Pour in the passata and water and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then add the drained beans.
- Simmer for a further 10 minutes or so, or until you reach the desired consistency.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g
Author: Nicola Hughes
Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!