I gave mine hummous from 6 months and he was fine (but no history of any alergies in the family) Unfortunately he has gone off it and won't touch it at the moment, hoping this will change again soon, as I love hummous
make your own weaning version its really dead easy. Tin of chick peas drained, soften a clove of garlic in a couple of table spoons of olive oil, a spoonful of greek yoghurt (add more olive instead for dairy free version). Blend and add squeeze of lemon + sweet paprika to taste
Other veggie options to go on toast mushed avocados olive oil and the juice squeezed out of a few tomatoes white bean + sun dried tomato pate (tin of white beans, garlic + some sun dried tomatoes mushed up)
I give my 9 mth DS hummous sometimes and have done since he was about 7 months, he loves it with pitta bread. He hardly eats a lot, just sooks it so won't be getting too much salt. It's a good strong flavour to excite them I think!
thank you, ladies - i've bought some in tescos, but thank you for the recipe. i will also try and make my own, as i do have all those ingredients knocking about. those other ideas also sound very tasty - i may make some for myself
the lactose thing is a sensitivity, rather than full blown allergy, and runs in DH's family, so probably the same as your DD, sagitta - thanks for reassurance