Kids in the Kitchen

Easy To Make Sweet Treats

Banana Muffins

Cooking with children is such a fantastic activity with a very yummy result! Why not teach your kids from an early age, and reap the benefits later when they are skilled and confident to cook a meal for you.

I’ve got a few kids cookery books that are basically simplified versions of adults cook books and are so easy to follow. So I thought I’d share 3 scrumptious and healthy snacks you can make in a jiffy with limited kitchen skills.

I’ve been making this Banana muffin recipe for around 30+ years. It’s barely out of the oven before it’s gobbled up and only the aroma of a freshly baked treat remains.

Ingredients:

125g butter (I use unsalted organic)

3/4 cup sugar (I use 1/2 white & 1/2 coconut)

2 eggs

3 medium bananas (ripe)

2 cups self-raising flour (I use 1/2 S.R. wholemeal & 1/2 coconut)

pinch salt (pink salt if you have it)

1/2 tsp bi-carb soda

2 tbsp milk (I use coconut milk)

Instructions:

Cream butter & sugar until light & creamy. Add eggs one at a time; beat well after each addition. Peel and mash bananas, add & mix well. Fold in the sifted flour, salt & bi-carb alternately with the milk.

Spoon mixture evenly into greased muffin tray. I like to sprinkle cinnamon sugar on each muffin mixture. Bake in moderate oven approx. 20 minutes.

Tip: I like to add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to this mix. You can also add sultans if the kids like them but maybe take a little sugar out as they’re quite sweet.

Ginger Snap Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups spelt flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp – 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1-2 tbs ground ginger for milder spice flavour, up to 4 tbsp for strong spice flavour

½ tsp salt 

½ cup melted butter

¼ cup of coconut sugar 

¼ cup of maple syrup 

1 large egg, well beaten

Zest of 1-2 lemons

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line 2 trays with unbleached baking paper.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl mix together the melted butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, egg and lemon zest.

4. Pour butter and sugar mixture over the flour and mix together to form a dough. If the dough is too wet add a little more flour, if too dry add a little water.

5. Dust some flour over a clean and dry bench top. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to 1 cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes of approx 20 +cookies laying on pre-prepared baking paper.

6. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cookies slightly darken and become fragrant.

Bliss Balls

Ingredients:

130gm almonds

130gm cashews

200gm dates

100ml almond milk (any other milk will suffice)

50gm organic honey

15 gm shredded coconut

15gm cacao

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients listed into a food processor and blend on full power.
  2. Once the consistency of the mixture sticks together and the nuts are broken down you can start rolling into balls about 3-4cm in diameter.
  3. Pour shredded coconut onto a plate and coat the balls by rolling them in the shredded coconut.
  4. I’ve included protein powder in my recipe, but you don’t need to add this. However by removing this you reduce the protein content in each ball by about 2 grams.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour or two before eating.

Look out for our next blog with some delicious smoothie recipes soon! @wedding_nanny

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