When you first start weaning it can be difficult to think of foods that are acceptable to give a young baby. You’re looking for something that has a soft texture, but is big enough for little hands to pick up independently, without the need for a pincer grip that they haven’t yet developed. It’s harder than a lot of people give it credit for!

This recipe is one that I’ve used numerous times, including when we first started weaning Reuben. They are perfect for younger babies due to their shape and consistency, but can also be given to older children who will quite happily tuck in!


Cheesy Cauliflower & Broccoli Sticks

  • Author: The BLW Dad
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15-20
  • Total Time: 30-35
  • Yield: 8 Sticks 1x


These sticks are great for many reasons: they are soft, they are easy for littles ones to grab, and they’re really tasty. Those three things make them a perfect first food, and a recipe that you’re sure to return to time and time again!



  • Handful of Broccoli (approx. 3 large florets)
  • Handful of Cauliflower (approx. 3 large florets)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 75g Grated Cheese
  • 2 Slices of Bread


  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Blitz all of the ingredients in a food processor until there are no large chunks remaining.
  3. Take a meatball-sized amount of the mix and shape it into a 3-inch long sausage shape by squeezing and rolling it in your hands. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.
  4. Place on a baking tray and spray or coat lightly with oil of your choice (I used coconut oil).
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. 
  7. Serve and enjoy!



Strorage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2/3 days, or freeze on the day of cooking and use within 3 months. 

Suitable: Suitable from 6 months +.

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