It's started, the child has decided that unless it resembles a basic carbohydrate or it doesn't fit in her (super cute) wee hand she's not interested. I don't think it's a pickiness oh no, it's more to do with the fact that this kid has worked out that she has a voice (and a decent throwing arm) and suddenly wants to use it. Which I don't blame her, because if I'd just worked out how to throw food I totally would too!
Despite all of this she loves strange textures like broccoli and slimy pasta, watching her eat food is the best entertainment. When I did my Early Childhood training they encouraged us to play 'child' this basically meant drawing outside the lines, playing with our food and trying to imagine what experiencing something for the first time is like. My 19-year-old self-felt super silly doing this but my 31-year-old me is loving it! If you see me playing with my food you will know why.
The below recipe is her (current) favourite breakfast, well, for now anyway. The blueberries can be swapped out for whatever is the current fruit du jour.
This recipe is super simple and it's easy to swap out and in certain ingredients depending on where your child might be. Eilidh is 10 months old and we have had an issue with dairy in the past but thankfully have moved past that. The yoghurt can be swapped out for Breast milk or formula, just use slightly less, around 1/3 of a cup. You can swap the egg for 1 TBSP of apple-sauce or just leave it out, it's up to you.
Baby cake no.1
1 banana, mashed
1/2 cup Blueberries, mashed
50grams Coconut oil, melted
1/2 Plan Unsweetened Yogurt
1 cup White Spelt Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and grease a muffin tin with a little Coconut oil.
Mash and mix together the banana and blueberries then mix in the (melted) coconut oil. Beat in the egg, yogurt and mix well. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and the cinnamon. Create a well, add the wet ingredients and fold together until the mixture just comes together, don't overmix (you want your child to eat it, not knock you out with it!).
Fill each muffin hole, almost to the top then bake for 10-12 mins. They are cooked once a knife comes out clean. Just note; they won't go golden brown on top, but they will around the sides. Cool on a wire rack.
These aren't just for the child, I make these for all of us (they make great snacks when you are craving something a little sweet) as I really don't have time + I don't want to do two lots of cooking in this house.
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