apricot coconut squares

apricot coconut squaresapricot coconut squares

Miss G. and I did a little messing about in the kitchen yesterday afternoon and came up with these gorgeous apricot coconut squares.

The flavours were definitely inspired by last weeks apricot coconut breakfast cookies.  Grace enjoyed the breakfast cookies so much I just had to find another recipe to weave apricot and coconut into and these bars were just the place.

These little darlings are chock full of natural goodness and are a simple mix of bananas, oats, dates, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste and of course apricot and coconut.  Pictured below are flaked almonds, however I decided to leave them out of the batter and replace instead with extra shredded coconut.  Doing so created a much more friendly baby led weaning texture and these squares are suitable for bubs approximately 8 months and older.  Younger bubs may find the dried apricot a little too challenging.

Thanks to the food processor the apricot and coconut studded batter comes together in just moments and can be baking away to golden perfection in less than 10 minutes.  Grace really enjoyed making these bars and made sure she was in charge of measuring the ingredients, popping them into the processor and of course turning the processor on (her favourite thing to do in the kitchen).  She also managed to flatten the dough into our prepared baking tin thanks to her pint sized rubber spatula.

Once the squares had baked to golden perfection and cooled we stirred together a little melted white chocolate with greek yoghurt and vanilla bean paste to create a luscious drizzle to adorn the cooled squares with.

Along with a few fresh strawberries these apricot coconut squares make the perfect baby led weaning morning or afternoon tea snack.

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blueberry hazelnut muffins

blueberry hazelnut muffinsblueberry hazelnut muffins

During the week Miss G. and I did a little recipe testing and came up with these gorgeously golden hazelnut muffins bursting with blueberries.

Not only are these little darlings absolutely delicious but with a little tweaking we also managed to bake these babies using no sugar, just a little maple syrup for sweetness.  The maple syrup also helped to create the most amazing golden cracked crust.

The addition of hazelnut meal and yoghurt to the muffin batter also helped to create a wonderfully tender crumb and moist texture, which is perfect for little hands to pick up and nibble on.

But the most wonderful part of these muffins has to be the gorgeously juicy blueberries.  When folded through the muffin batter the blueberries leave the most gorgeous trail of blue stained juice creating the prettiest blue coloured swirls.  And once baked the tart blueberries burst throughout the crumb creating sweet caramelised jammy pockets of blueberry goodness.

These muffins are an absolute must try.  They are chock full of natural goodness, not overly sweet and full of wonderful blueberries.  And I know for a fact that any surplus muffins freeze wonderfully.  Simply wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.  I often pop frozen muffins straight into our lunch box and by morning tea they’re ready to enjoy.

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baby led weaning breakfast ideas

baby led weaning breakfastwholesome apple & cinnamon breakfast cookies

When it comes to baby led weaning, serving breakfast is often the easiest and most simple meal to get started with.  A piece of lightly toasted bread topped with avocado or a little fresh fruit make a wonderful breakfast.  However it doesn’t take long before you’re little one is eating the same thing day after day and soon becomes bored.   But coming up with new and exciting breakky ideas each and every single day isn’t easy (especially when you’re busy) so I thought I’d share a few of our winning breakfast ideas to inspire you…

baby led weaning breakfast

With the weather heating up Miss G.’s favourite of late is fresh fruit (usually mango, strawberries or blueberries), a little yoghurt and a sprinkle of muesli.  Its super simple for me to prepare and she absolutely loves it.  If your just starting baby led weaning make sure to chop your fruit into large chip shaped pieces (pieces of banana, apple and mango are wonderful), so to ensure your little one can easily grab and nibble away on them.  Also the muesli may be a little bit of a challenge for the beginners so please feel free to add this down the track when they’re eating style develops a little more.

baby led weaning breakfast

A much loved favourite and wonderful for baby led weaning beginners is this lightly toasted bread topped with creamy ricotta, sliced fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  At the moment I make this toast with strawberries but Grace also adores slices of apple or raspberries.  This breakfast really is wonderful for beginners because the toast is super easy for the little ones to pick up and nibble on.

ricotta & cinnamon fruit toastricotta & cinnamon fruit toast

Another ‘must try’ breakfast for baby led weaning beginners are pancakes.  These little babies are so simple for little ones to eat, are jam packed with fruit, are a less messy breakfast option and are also so easy to make.  During our blw journey I have conjured up pumpkin choc pancakes, caramelised banana dutch pancake, coconut peach pancakes,  carrot apple & sultana pancakes, wholesome ricotta hotcakes, strawberry and orange buttermilk pikelets,  pear & cinnamon pikelets and raspberry pikelets.

Pancakes and pikelets also freeze wonderfully.  On weekends I’ll often cook up a big batch of the fluffy darlings, allow to cool, wrap individually and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.  They defrost very quickly (especially during summer) and if they need a help along I either pop them in the microwave or toaster.

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When time is on my side I love to get into the kitchen and do a little breakfast baking.  I usually either whip up a wholesome fruit laced loaf or a batch of oat loaded breakfast cookies.  For me, this option is wonderful, it means breakfast is pretty much done for the week, I need only add a little sliced fruit to serve alongside the breakfast loaf and cookies and Miss G. is always satisfied.

My favourite breakfast loaf has to be this wholesome apple & cinnamon breakfast bread.  Its so simple to prepare, chock full of nutritious apple and fills the house with most gorgeous aromas of apple and cinnamon as it bakes.

wholesome apple & cinnamon breakfast bread

And these wholesome apple & cinnamon breakfast cookies take no time to prepare and cook and are chock full of banana, sultanas and oats.  Grace loves to help in the kitchen when we bake these and they make a wonderful addition to her lunch box too!

wholesome apple & cinnamon breakfast cookies

Another baking breakfast option I have to mention are scones.  Not only are they easy for your little one to eat but they’re a less messy breakfast option which is great for when you are out and about.

My favourite scone recipes are mango coconut scones, raspberry almond scones,  carrot cake scones, pumpkin scones and blueberry scones.

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Once your little one is able to drink through a straw a breakfast smoothie is a great way to break up the monotony of breakfast.  Into a blender I tumble in a handful of strawberries, a dollop of yoghurt, a sprinkle of cinnamon and of course milk and blitz until smooth.  The trick with smoothies is to ensure they’re not too thick, that way they can be easily slurped up.  And to ensure Miss G. is getting enough I always serve a smoothie alongside either a piece of toast or breakfast cookie.

baby led weaning breakfast

I hope these breakfast ideas have given you a little baby led weaning breakfast inspiration.  And please feel free to share your ideas in the comments section.  X

lovely lemon loaf

lovely lemon loaflovely lemon loaf

Todays lovely lemon loaf really couldn’t be more simple.

It so simple that Miss G. and I managed to stir the batter together and have this heavenly loaf baking away in the oven in less than 10 minutes.

And the results though couldn’t be more sublime.

This gorgeously golden loaf is not only heady in lovely lemony scent but is chock full of wholesome, totally good for you ingredients; yoghurt, macadamia nut oil, agave syrup and wholemeal flour.

Along with a little fruit, this loaf makes the perfect baby led weaning morning or afternoon tea snack and is also the perfect addition to any lunch box.

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banana choc muffins

banana choc muffinsbanana choc muffins

Tummy bugs, teething and the sniffles.  Yep this pretty much sums up our life for the past couple of weeks.

Poor little Miss G. has seen it all.  Just as the little trooper managed to get over one ailment she was barraged with yet another.

Between the tears, runny noses, sore gums and high temps there were no real food opportunities to share.  Grace’s appetite all but vanished.  The only bits and pieces she managed to eat were butter on toast, a few crackers and a little fruit here and there.

Thankfully our bouncy, bubbly, full of beans bubba soon returned, along with a mammoth like appetite and I couldn’t have been happier.  After mentally calculating the number of meals she had missed I instantly hit the kitchen to stock up once again on her favourites meals and snacks and the first cab off the rank were these gorgeously dark banana choc muffins.

I adore this muffin recipe.  Not only is it sugar-free and chock full of wonderful banana , it truly is one of the simplest recipes around.  Grace and I managed to stir them together in less than 5.

And the results are sublime.  The banana strewn throughout the deep dark choc muffins is delicious.  Not only does it create a moist and tender crumb but the banana flavour works beautifully with the cocoa.  I’m also really digging the macadamia nut oil, it adds a rich buttery flavour and is jam packed with goodness.

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mango & banana frozen yoghurt

Mango & banana frozen yoghurtMango & banana frozen yoghurt

It’s hot.

Really hot.

It’s the kind of stinking, sticky, humid weather that leaves you no other choice but to abandon all plans and head straight to the beach.

So this morning with our towels, hats and plenty of sunscreen packed snugly in our beach bag we escaped the house and headed off to Southbank in the hope of a cool blissful swim.

Mango & banana frozen yoghurtMango & banana frozen yoghurt

Before leaving though I decided to chop up a little mango and banana to stash in the deep freeze whilst we’re away.

Along with a little yoghurt the food processor will blitz the frozen fruit to create a creamy, luscious, cooling frozen yoghurt.

The perfect summertime treat.

And the thought of sweet and creamy frozen yoghurt might just be enticing enough for us to leave the bliss of the cool water and return home.

Well, here’s hoping.

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greek salad, tzatziki & toasted flat bread

greek salad, tzatziki & flat bread

greek salad, tzatziki & flat bread

Summer seems to have arrived early.

Our afternoon summer storms are already here along with the heat and sticky humidity.

Instinctively we’re craving salads.

Fresh, simple, cooling and refreshing salads.

Ones that can be put together effortlessly, are light and nourish us just enough until the next meal time.

Miss G. loves them.

Wearing just a nappy and singlet she sits happily in her high chair nibbling away on cool pieces of cucumber, juicy tomato wedges and refreshing salad leaves.

Summer bliss.

For lunch today I whipped up this super simple greek salad.

Just a mix of mint, rocket, cucumber, tomato, red onion, kalamata olives and feta.  All dressed in a gorgeously zesty red wine vinaigrette and served alongside homemade tzatziki and toasted flatbread.

For such a light lunch this salad is truly satisfying.

Miss G. and I sat on the balcony, feeling the breeze carry with it a little cool respite and enjoyed our salad for lunch.

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