We now have research showing that babies following a Baby-Led Weaning approach can get the iron they need for good health provided they are offered high iron foods at each meal.

These little bean burgers contain three iron-rich foods, kidney beans, fortified instant oat cereal and tahini (sesame butter). They are perfect for little paws and can also be enjoyed by the whole family or frozen just for baby!

Vegetarian iron sources for weaning

What do you need

A large tin of kidney beans (you can also use chickpeas), rinsed well and drained

One clove of garlic, peeled

Juice 1/2 lemon

A teaspoon of ground cumin

Half a small butternut squash or 200 g sweet potato or carrot, peeled and cut into cubes

One tablespoon of tahini or smooth almond butter

Fortified Instant Oat Cereal for coating

A little olive oil for cooking


What you need to do

  • Steam the veggies and garlic until tender
  • Blend or mash the cooked veggies, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, beans and cumin together to your desired texture
  • You could serve this now as a spoon feed to your baby or spread on a finger of toast
  • To make burgers:
  • Form into little balls and then flatten into burgers
  • Coat in the instant oat cereal
  • Drizzle a little oil on a baking tray
  • Lay the burgers on top and then turn over, so they are covered in oil
  • Oven bake for 20-30 minutes, turning over halfway through
  • Cool before serving to your baby alongside some orange segments (peeled) for added vitamin C to aid iron absorption

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