Monday, 23 May 2016

I've had a bag of quinoa in my cupboard for a long time. I kept meaning to try it out but ultimately it never got used. I happened to notice the best before date was coming up so thought I better actually use it.

So I made quinoa crispies. These are great and so easy to make. Simply cook the quinoa according to the instructions then once cooked transfer to a lined baking tray. Bake at 180 for around 30 minutes turning every 7-8 minutes. 

These are really good and a great alternative to granola. This went down extremely well with Oliver. 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Oliver absolutely loves water play and is really interested in sea creatures so I thought I would try and incorporate this into a fruity snack. 

This was actually quite easy to make and the only tools I needed to use were a star cookie cutter and a knife. 

The starfish is made from a slice of watermelon and the star cookie cutter. 

The turtle is made from a slice of kiwi fruit  and halved grapes. 

The jellyfish is made from a nectarine. Simply cut on one side before the stone for the top then using the other side cut slices for the tentacles. 

The fish is made from a tangerine. The fins are simply segments cut in half. 

For the eyes and mouths I used finely cut raisins which was probably the hardest part. 

Oliver absolutely loved this! Was thoroughly worth taking the extra time to do this. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Peanut Butter Oaty Protein Balls

I'm always looking to find extra ways to get protein into Oliver's diet other than milk and yogurt. He won't eat eggs and very seldom eats chicken or pork. 

I've previously made protein balls before but wanted to improve the recipe. I'm glad I did as these turned out beautiful. I don't really like peanut butter but even I thought these were good!

To make you will need:

8 tbsp porridge oats
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp of ground flax seed
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1-2 tbsp of honey (I used 1 then added another tbsp to help the mixture come together) 
6/7 dates

Soak the dates in some water until soft. In a bowl mix together the oats and seeds. Then transfer to a blender and add the remaining ingredients and blend until you get a thick paste. If it's not coming together add some more honey. 

Then roll into little balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge. I left mines a good couple of hours before trying one. 

This will make 8-10 balls depending on how large you make your balls. 

No honey for under 1's