How do you know your baby is finished eating?
This can be one of the trickiest parts of baby led weaning and a question I get asked a lot.
Each baby has their own unique way of letting mummy and daddy know she’s done but I thought I’d share the cues Miss G. gives me in the hope they’ll help you better understand your little ones signals.
Usually I know Miss G. is finished eating when she:
- begins to look bored
- stops ferrying food to mouth and instead plays with her food
- starts to squish food and mash it into her high chair tray
- looks me directly in the eye, throws food & then giggles (my personal favourite)
- places food into her nappy
- generally pushes food away from her
- uses her arms to sweep food across her high chair tray
- attempts to climb out of her high chair
- interested in absolutely everything other than what’s on her high chair tray
- and when offered a little more food simply shakes her head
Learning your little ones cues can be difficult but over time it does get easier. If you’re still unsure as to whether your little one is finished I’ve found the best thing to do is offer a little more food, usually a new flavour and see how they respond.
Now onto today’s cookies.
Still obsessed with last weeks easy peasy banana oat cookies today I decided to whip up a batch of oat chocolate chip cookies.
These little beauties are chock full of oats, coconut, dark chocolate chips and are flavoured with a little maple syrup and vanilla.
And this cookie dough couldn’t be simpler to prepare, just pop all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix with your hands, squishing and squeezing to create a soft sticky texture. Once the dough has rested for 5 minutes or so (just until the oats a lovely and soft), add the dark chocolate chips, shape into rounds and pop into the oven to bake until golden and delicious.
To create your own batch of oat chocolate chip cookies simply…
Begin by placing the oats, coconut, melted butter, maple syrup, vanilla and egg into a large bowl. Use you hands to mix and squish the mixture together. Spend a good 3-4 minutes massaging the mixture to ensure the oats are lovely and soft and the mixture holds together. Allow the cookie mixture to stand for 5 minutes.
Allow the mixture to stand for a good five minutes or so to soften the oats.
Meanwhile, chop the chocolate.
Add the chopped chocolate to the cookie dough and mix to combine.
Take heaped tablespoon amounts of the mixture and shape into rounds. Place onto an oven tray lined with baking paper and pop into the oven for 20 minutes until golden and cooked.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little before placing the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
Miss G. enjoyed her cookie for morning tea along with a yoghurt cup with fresh raspberries.
oat choc chip cookies
adapted from Teresa Cutter – The Healthy Chef
2 cups oats
3/4 cup coconut, desiccated or shredded
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
100 grams dark chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius (300 F). Place the oats, coconut, melted butter, maple syrup, vanilla and egg into a large bowl. Use your hands to mix and squish the mixture together for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture is soft and comes together. Stand for 5 minutes. Add the chocolate and mix to combine. Take heaped tablespoon amounts of the cookie mixture and place onto an oven tray lined with baking paper. Pop into the oven to bake for 10 minutes, gently flip the cookies and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the cookies are cooked and golden. Place on a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy x
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