So when your toddler asks to make star biscuits, you can’t really say No. I’m not a fan of my kids having too much sugar so we always are on the look out for ways to reduce the sugar content of our baking, here we have used just a little apple juice and it worked well. A plain biscuit but you could add spices to it and make it your own. The plain biscuits are good for weaning too.
I used a greek yoghurt topping so the kids could decorate their biscuits which they loved. You need to only decorate the ones you aret going to eat there and then. Store the rest in a tin and the topping in the fridge. The decorating was a good after school activity and make your own snack session.
Easy Peasy Star Bicuits
Simple, low sugar star biscuits that you can add spices to and make your own.
My kids love to get involved in the cooking. Usually they see my cooking, draw up a stool and join in. Yesterday we had a rare afternoon at home. The summer has been full on outdoor fun, so being torrential rain the kids came up with a plan “Mummy lets make biscuits”. Normally I would be pretty up for this plan, but yesterday, unusually, I was feeling the lure of the sofa… However, I am a huge believer in getting children cooking young and as they had intiated it this time, I really couldn’t refuse. A quick flick through some reciipes for inspiration and we decided on adapting a River Cottage recipe.
This was a total cop-out on my behalf as it was so quick to make so I still got some sofa time, curled up with a freshly baked cookie and a cuppa. Extra bonus is our snack tin is topped up for at least a day (these dollops of goodness are going fast).
I adapted the recipe using prunes to sweeten, a banana to replace some peanut butter and omitting the raisins on request. It ended up being a great way to use up the claggy bit of peanut butter at the end of the pot.
Happy kids, freshly healthy cookies, a huge train track and mummy got 15 minutes of peace, which is what weekends are all about.
Drop spoonfuls onto a well-greased and lined baking tray or a silicone sheet.
Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 15-20 minutes.
By Priya Tew, Dietitian UK
Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/
I have one of those toddlers who is always hungry and asks for snacks a lot. Often I set the expectation early on in the day and at lunchtime I will explain that in the afternoon the only snacks available are fruit and breadsticks with a dip for example. As my toddler takes after mummy and also loves cooking, I am constantly on the look out for new healthy snacks that we can make together. If she cooks it she wants to eat it and I’m not a fan of filling her full of added sugar.
This weekend we had a go at adapting our usual flapjack recipe, making a yoghurt, apricot and banana version and we also came up with these cookies. Now these are definitely cookies and not biscuits. There is no crunch to them, they are soft and chewy, which makes them perfect for babies and toddlers. They have no added sugar the sweetness comes from the fruit and apple sauce and no added fat either. The oats provide a wholegrain form of carbohydrate that will keep your little ones and you going through the afternoon.
To “adult” these up I would add some nuts and seeds for added crunch and serve with a cuppa. Have a play and let me know what you come up with.
It was midweek, I had a busy house full of Pilates clients in and out of the studio, I needed to unwind…. baking helps me do that. It’s creative, I get to fill my head with food ideas, play around with tastes, textures and make a mess! So here is my midweek Biscotti, great therapy to make and perfect to snack on in the run up to Christmas.
It’s packed with dried fruit and nuts, no added butter/marg and only a little sugar. So stacks up quite faourably in terms of snacking potential, as long as it’s portion controlled.