I have a vegan "pudding" recipe that I love that includes bananas, unsweetened rice milk and chia seeds. The seeds are what give it that pudding-esque texture and I haven't figured out a substitute. Would there be any harm in letting my daughter attempt to feed herself this pudding? We're doing BLW so I know too much might not even make it in her mouth, but I want to play it safe. I can increase the chia to make it stick to the spoon easier for more success on the travel! Any wisdom is greatly appreciated!
What a lovely pudding that sounds like. I just realized that my reply isn't here. I don't know if you got it before but I'll re-post. Probably my own error. Maybe you can tell us how it went with the pudding?
Anyway, I would say yes, your "baby-led-weaning" baby should do fine with the chia pudding. Even though it sounds messier, I'd probably not make it too thick for the first efforts if this is one of her very first foods, just to see how it's going down. After "all is clear," then it's fine to make it thicker for those fingers to have at it.
Since you mentioned trying to find a substitute, some possibilities are agar, pectin, tapioca (whole or ground as a flour), or corn starch, but the chia sounds great.
Linda F. Palmer, DC
"The Baby Bond"