When it comes to a quick baby led weaning lunch, snack or dinner – this courgette fritters baby led weaning recipe is a winner! Super quick to prepare (yay!) and super yummy and healthy for your baby – this is gonna become one of your go to recipes! Read on to find out more…
Courgette, zucchini, summer squash
Courgettes, zucchini or summer squash are an important food to offer to your baby.
We decided this year to start growing them in our garden as they’re super easy to grow! We started back in April with a few seeds which we grew into seedlings on our kitchen window, before hardening outside as they grew into proper plants.
By June they were ready to transfer into our brand new makeshift vegetable patch where they bloomed! Now we are seeing a new courgette grow each week from each plant As someone who is as far from green-fingered as humanly possible, if I can do it, anyone can!
I was surprised when our courgettes that began growing looked more like pumpkins that long cucumber shaped things. Well apparently that’s totally normal and they’re called round courgettes and are a type of summer squash just like normal courgettes!
Why offer courgette to your baby?
Courgettes soak up the flavour of the herbs and spices you use alongside them and make a welcome addition to so many different meal ideas. This is why we use it so much when we are baby led weaning.
- Rich in potassium
- Full of Vitamin A and Vitamin D
- Healthy, tasty and super versatile when it comes to using them in your home cooked meals.
More Baby Led Weaning Fritters Recipes:
Courgette Fritters for Baby
This recipe is super quick to make and can be batch prepared so that you have a fridge or freezer stash to save you time in the future.
As well as courgette, I used sweetcorn (which I always have a bag of in the freezer) and a couple of herbs and spices to add some extra flavour.
Sweet corn is a great addition to fritters as you can simply throw it in. With frozen, I soak it in boiling water for around ten minutes first, but when I have canned sweetcorn to hand, I simply throw it in!
The herbs I have used in this recipe are totally optional but I find add a bit of extra flavour for your weaning baby.
Can the egg be replaced?
I haven’t tried this, but many of my readers swear by flaxeggs when it comes to using an ingredient to bind.
You could try making these courgette fritters egg free by replacing the egg with 1tbsp flaxmeal + 2.5 tbsp water combined in a bowl then chucked in with the rest of the ingredients at the point you would had added the egg – do let me know if you try this and if it works!
Does the courgette need to be roasted?
Not at all! I roasted the courgette as we had grown some rounded ones and thought it was gonna be pretty tricky to grate! If you have normal cucumber shaped courgettes, simply grate them into the bowl (skin and all!) and combine with the other ingredients to create your fritters. Nom!
- 400 grams courgette
- 80 grams plain flour
- 50 grams sweetcorn
- 1 egg
- garlic powder
- olive oil
- Start by preparing your courgette for the oven. I used a round courgette (summer squash) so I removed the stalk and cut it into quarters before removing the pulp and seeds. if you're using normal courgettes (zucchini), you can simple cut off the ends and half them. (You may want to remove the skin too before roasting - up to you!)
- Place the courgettes on a baking tray which you have linked with baking paper. Drizzle over a little olive oil and pop in the oven at 200C for around twenty minutes. You'll know when they're ready as when you poke them with a fork, they'll be mushy.
- Once the courgettes are cooked, leave them to cool as they'll be super hot. If you're using round courgettes like me, you can peel the skin away from the flesh. Pop the courgettes in a bowl and mash with a fork until a thick puree forms.
- Add 80 grams of plain flour and 1 egg and combine thoroughly with a fork until a batter form. Add sweetcorn (either from a tin or thawed frozen sweetcorn) and combine. At this stage add a little cracked pepper and garlic powder for some added flavour.
- Heat a little oil in a frying pan, then dollop the batter into the pan using a tablespoon. You should be able to fir 2 - 4 fritters in at a time.
- After heating for around two minutes, carefully flip the fritter over. It should flip easily, if not, leave it a little longer as it may not be fully cooked on that side yet.
- When you've cooked the fritter on both sides for around 2 minutes each, transfer to a plate and continue until you use up the rest of the batter. This recipe should make around 8 fritters.
- Leave to cool completely before serving to your baby.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g
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!