Although my kids are teenagers, I still have moments where they just love sweet little finger food items.
It really takes me back to when I was a much younger mum, and the type of food I used to feed my darling babes. Shake & bake pancake mix was a common - eeeekkk!! I know, but I was a very tired, depleted mum who had not alot of steam and alot of stress, parenting was tough especially with little family support, the negatives of living 1000kms away from family.
For me cooking, as much as I loved it, it became such a chore when feeding toddlers, especially when they would refuse food that I put so much time in, and would scoff crap like 'Wiggles Spaghetti' or 'Mac & Cheese' from the box and even '2 minute noodles' OMG......just horrendous!
Food manufacturers spend millions in developing a perfectly balanced 'food like' substance so that it agrees with our children's palate. This is food technology, and often the food is laden with sugars and salt to make the food so delicious and addictive to children and adults. One thing they forget is that this food is harming our young babes, it is full of chemicals and there is nothing nutritious about it what so ever.
This is what food producers call 'Bliss Point'
One thing I did learn as my children grew older that they really loved being independent, in so many ways, especially when it came to eating - finger food was king!
So lately it has been on my mind, and I thought I should create an awesome healthy recipe that is quick for busy mums to replicate that kids will love.
So simple to make, these little bites will also freeze well, and are a perfect 'guilt free' breakfast muffins to pop in your childs lunchbox for those busy mornings when they are just simpy refusing to eat.
|Mini protein packed pancake bites
Makes; 36 - Prep time: 2 minutes - Bake Time: 10 minutes
1/2 cup [70 grams] Self raising wholemeal flour
1/2 cup [50 grams] rolled oats
3 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 cup [110 grams] greek yogurt
1/2 cup [100 grams] buttermilk or normal milk with 1 x tablespoon vinegar
Dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Handful of frozen berries - raspebrries or blueberries
THERMOMIX or FOOD PROCESSOR METHOD:
Preheat oven 200°C. Grease mini muffin tin
Enjoy the recipe and please share with me your journey of feeding real food to your kids, I love hearing stories, it gives me inspiration to create more healthy recipes for your families!