I’m so sorry for the short post but both my babies woke up sick this morning so I’m completely flustered managing runny noses, sniffles and awful sounding coughs.
This loaf however is gorgeous. Using my new favourite ingredients buckwheat flour and coconut sugar the depth of flavour and texture of this banana and blueberry studded loaf is divine. And although this loaf does take a good hour or so to bake to gorgeous goldenness the batter can be stirred together in mere moments and requires no heavy machinery just a trusty wooden spoon.
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If you’re looking for a hearty, fruit filled, nutritional loaf to fill little bellies with this darling loaf is just for you. Oh this recipe is also suitable to freeze, so feel free to stash surplus slices in the deep freeze!
Now, back to my sick little darlings.
Happy baking beautiful mama’s. X
To create your own lovely little blueberry banana and chia loaf simply…
These gorgeously golden jam drop cookies are absolutely delicious thanks to my new found love, buckwheat flour.
Buckwheat flour is rich and nutty and creates the most wonderfully textured cookies. And despite its name, buckwheat flour doesn’t actually contain any wheat, making it a wonderful gluten free flour alternative. Buckwheat flour can be found at some major supermarkets or most health food stores.
I also love these cookies because the dough comes together in mere moments. It’s as simple as popping all of the ingredients into a big bowl and giving it all a good mix. Miss G. had the best fun stirring these babies together and enjoyed rolling them into little balls even more. I did however take over once the jam had to be added to the centre of each cookie as my lovely little helper was hell bent on emptying the entire blueberry jam jar onto one cookie.
The texture of these jam drop cookies make them perfect for baby led weaning beginners. And although they have the most wonderful crunchy outer layer, the inside of the cookie is tender enough to be gnawed on without breaking up too badly. My little Harry had the best fun devouring his for morning tea alongside a few slices of apple.
Being free of refined sugar, eggs and gluten these jam drop cookies also make the perfect addition to any lunch box.
Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to test whether these cookies freeze well, they disappeared way too quickly but given the texture and ingredients I imagine they would freeze and defrost with little issues.
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We’re heading away for the weekend to one of our favourite island destinations in the whole wide world to watch my beautiful baby sister marry the man of her dreams.
We are all so excited but very busy. There is so much to organise when travelling with little ones and no matter how planned and thought out I think I am there always seems to be bits and pieces I miss and last minute dashes to the store are inevitable. Today’s mad rush involved hunting down a pair of stockings for Miss G.
Packing food for the kids is always a challenge too. So at the beginning of the week we got busy in the kitchen and baked a whole heap of goodies to freeze and take with us. In our lunch box we have coconut banana pancakes, delicious oat choc chip cookies, pea and mint fritters and a batch of these gorgeous golden mighty morning muffins.
These muffins really are mighty and so jam packed with nutritional goodness. The combination of oats, sultanas, carrot and banana make them a hearty baby led weaning breakfast and will keep the little ones going well and truly until lunch time.
These muffins couldn’t be simpler to prepare simply whisk together the wet ingredients along with the banana and carrot, fold through the dry ingredients, pop into a muffin tin and bake. This particular recipe makes approximately 15 muffins and freezes beautifully. Simply allow the muffins to cool completely, wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.
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To celebrate the arrival of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge we did a little princess inspired baking and came up with these raspberry swirled teacakes.
These pink hued babies are absolutely delicious and a complete breeze to prepare. My little princess and I stirred these darlings together and had them nestled in the oven baking away to gorgeous goldeness in less than ten minutes. To accompany the teacakes we rippled a little of our raspberry sauce throughout a tub of vanilla bean specked greek thick yoghurt. The combination of teacake, raspberry swirled yoghurt and fresh berries creates a lovely little dessert fitting for any princess.
We made a few changes to the original teacake recipe to ensure these raspberry swirl teacakes are also full of nutritional goodness. We opted for wholemeal flour instead of regular plain, we also added a cup of almond meal which is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars. We also left out the white sugar and instead sweetened our batter with a half cup of maple syrup instead.
In terms of baby led weaning these little teacakes make a wonderful treat when served alongside a good dollop of yoghurt and a handful of fresh berries. The shape and soft texture of the teacakes also make them wonderful for baby led weaning beginners. Mr H. had no problem demolishing his teacake for morning tea. These teacakes also freeze beautifully. Simply wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.
To make your own batch of pink hued raspberry swirl tea cakes simply…
Both my little darlings must be going through growth spurts because they won’t stop eating.
So far this week they have devoured a batch of vegetable fritters (will post the easy peasy recipe next blog post), an entire roast chicken, a batch of breakfast cookies and have made quite the dent in this batch of gorgeously golden and wonderfully wholesome wholemeal apple muffins.
These muffins are not only delicious but contain no processed sugar (sweetened instead with a little maple syrup and cinnamon) and are a breeze to prepare, Miss G. and I had these apple studded babies in the oven in less than ten minutes. These muffins are also loaded with fruit, the batter contains two diced apples plus another apple sliced thinly and nestled on top of each muffin.
Once baked I opted to store the muffins in the refrigerator as they contain so much fruit and have a much longer shelf life when kept cool. I have also had great success freezing these muffins. Simply wrap individual muffins, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.
Along with a little fresh fruit these apple loaded wholemeal muffins make the perfect baby led weaning breakfast or morning tea and are a great addition to any lunch box.
To create your own batch of wholemeal apple muffins simply…
It’s no secret Miss G. loves to cook and now that she fully understands her little brother enjoys her culinary creations too, she adores her time in the kitchen that little bit more.
Today, with Mr H. happily playing away on his play mat my budding little chef and I decided to stir together a super simple batch of wholemeal carrot muffins.
These muffins are not only delicious (and full of nutritional goodness) but couldn’t be simpler to bake. Simply whisk together the wet ingredients, stir through the dry ingredients then gently fold through a couple of cups of gorgeously bright shredded carrot. Once nestled in the oven these orange hued little darlings take just over 10 minutes to bake to golden gorgeousness and smell amazing thanks to our spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.
I also love the fact that we managed to make these muffins using no sugar. Instead, the grated carrot adds most of the needed sweetness along with a little maple syrup. Our gorgeous spice mix also did a lot to flavour the wholesome muffins.
Once baked and cooled, Mr H. was more than happy to tuck in. Along with a few fresh strawberries the wholemeal carrot muffin quickly disappeared thanks to his very unique eating style. I don’t quite remember Grace eating like this at his age but Mr H. loves to crumble the muffin and lick the crumbs off of his little hands. It’s so cute to watch, the intense look on his face just melts my heart.
These muffins are also perfect to freeze. Simply allow the muffins to cool to room temperature, wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to 3 months. I often pop frozen muffins straight into our lunch box and by lunch time they are perfectly thawed and ready to enjoy.
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Wanting to cram a little more vege into Miss G. after a nasty tummy bug I decided a batch of savoury muffins hiding 3 cups of gorgeous vegetables and a little cheese were needed.
And these gorgeously golden vege flecked cheesy darlings are delightful.
The golden yellow crispy crust is the perfect contrast to the tender vege flecked crumb and the combination of the sweet vegetables with the tasty cheese creates the most wonderful flavour. Miss G. gobbled hers up still warm from the oven along with a few sticks of cucumber and a couple of halved cherry tomatoes.
Instead of mixing the muffin batter together by hand, I opted instead to use my food processor. Firstly the grating attachment makes light work of shredding the carrot, zucchini and cheese and the blade effortlessly pulses together the batter and further distributes the vege and cheese into the crumb which is perfect for those little ones that tend to eat around chunks of nutritional goodness in their food.
If you’re looking for a batch of muffins to freeze and pop into lunch boxes during the week, these babies freeze beautifully. Simply wrap the individual muffins in a little cling film, pop into a freezer bag or container and stash in the deep freeze for up to 3 months. I pop the frozen muffins into our lunch box and by the time lunch rolls around they are perfectly defrosted and ready to eat. These muffins are also a great no-fuss less-mess eating option for when you’re out and about.
Also, for those little ones just beginning their baby led weaning journey the texture of these muffins is perfect. The muffins are firm enough to withstand a tight grip yet soft enough to be easily eaten. When Grace was this age I used to slice the muffin into quarters and she had no trouble picking up the pieces to devour.
To create these gorgeously golden savoury muffins chock full of vege simply…