Nutrient Dense Pea Fritters for Babies
This recipe is a nutrient packed version of basic pea fritters, sans salt (which isn’t appropriate for babies). Two of the most important nutrients for babies to get from solid foods are iron and healthy fats. Peas are an affordable and easy to digest source of iron for babies. The red onion adds flavor and antioxidants. The whole wheat flour and egg adds additional iron and protein. The egg, ground flax seed, and grass-fed butter add healthy omega-3s for baby’s developing brain. These fritters take 5 minutes to whip up and can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for quick baby meals.
1/3 cup frozen peas
1 Tbs diced red onion
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground flax seed
1 Tbs butter (made with grass-fed cow’s milk)
1. Place frozen peas in microwave-safe glass bowl with 1/3 cup of water. Microwave for 4 minutes, until defrosted.
2. Drain peas and reserve water in small bowl.
3. Place peas in food processor with onions and blend. Add egg , ground flax seed, flour, and baking powder to food processes. Mix all ingredients until blended. Add 1-2 Tbs of the cooking water to the batter and blend.
4. Heat up a frying pan and add 1 Tbs of butter. When melted, spoon in batter to form small pancakes. For a 6 month old just starting on baby-led weaning, fritters need to be big enough for baby to grasp (approximately ¼ of the batter, or the size of the fritter in the picture). For older babies, you can form smaller fritters (about 1 inch in diameter).
5. Fry fritters for about 2 minutes per side, until done. Let cool. Serve warm or cool.