Liver Pate BLW recipe for babies
Have you ever made liver pate recipe? So much better than the salty store-bought version! So first you might be wondering why you should offer liver pate to your baby. It’s simple: babies need lots of iron! Since their iron needs are so high, it’s difficult for babies to consume enough iron every day (especially since some babies don’t eat large quantities). With liver pate, babies get lots of concentrated nutrients per bite.
For this liver pate recipe, I used lamb liver from my half lamb I purchased a while back. This is part 6 of the half lamb for babies series. If you’re making this for your baby, I would recommend using chicken liver because it’s so much higher in iron AND lamb liver contains too much vitamin A. Also, I recommend limiting your baby’s chicken liver consomption to twice per week to avoid too much vitamin A. Here’s what I did:
I melted the coconut oil in the pan and added the apples and allspice:
Then I cooked the liver and thyme until the liver was no longer raw. I put everything in the blender and transferred the liver pate into small jars:
Babies can enjoy the liver pate directly from a spoon:
At our house we eat liver pâté as a snack on a regular basis. It’s a great way to make sure the little ones are getting enough iron! You can eat this liver pate on anything, really. Here is some liver pate spread on a cracker:
Liver Pate Recipe
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1 apple, peeled and sliced
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small shallot, chopped
1/2 lb liver, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- Place 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into a pan on medium heat. Add apple slices and allspice and cook until soft. Add garlic and shallot and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add liver, thyme, and 2 more tablespoons of coconut oil to the pan. Cook until liver is pink inside and no longer raw.
- Pour everything into a blender. Blend until smooth. Store in small jars.
Before doing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) with your baby, it is important to proceed safely by contacting a pediatric registered dietitian. Among other things, make sure that:
- your baby is ready and does not start too early
- your baby is sitting at 90 degrees
- you do not place food in his/her mouth with your fingers
- the environment is calm during meals
- you offer the right foods to your baby (always test the texture of the food in between your tongue and roof of your mouth)
- you watch your baby eat at all times
- you contact a pediatric registered dietitian to make sure you are proceeding safely
- you read the warning below
BLW is contraindicated for babies at risk of dysphagia, such as babies who have an anatomic disorder (cleft palate, tongue tie), a neurological disorder (developmental delay, hypotonia, oral hypotonia) or a genetic disorder. Follow-up by a health professional (doctor, pediatric registered dietitian) is necessary for babies at risk of anemia such as babies born prematurely, babies with low birth weight (less than 3000 g), worries related to growth, babies born to an anemic mother, baby for whom cow’s milk was introduced early and/or a vegan baby.
*Cusson and Labonté, Baby-Led Weaning Conference, June 2018, Nutrium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal
Limit chicken liver consumption for babies to twice per week to avoid ingesting too much vitamin A. Recipe inspired from Megan Garcia.