I make a lot of gluten free foods because it’s just easier on the gut and easier (in general) for children’s tummies! These are awesome because they’re slightly heavier and more “chewy” than normal crunchy biscuits made with flour, although a little more indulgent than my average recipe!! Plus you can create your own flavors without any problems, yay! I’ve popped in a few variation suggestions for you too.
So without further ado…
Ingredients (makes approx 24-30)
- 2 x 400g cans chick peas, rinsed and drained
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup tahini (or nut butter of choice)
- 1/3 – ½ cup sugar (or honey or equivalent sweetener of choice)
- 1 tsp vanilla
Optional: 100g chocolate bits if you’d like choc-chip cookies – I use 78% Lindt dark chocolate and break it up into itty bitty pieces.
Optional: 150g chopped and pitted dates.
- Combine all ingredients (except chocolate) in a food processor (or with a bowl and stick blender) until smooth.
- If adding chocolate pieces, stir through now.
- Drop by spoonful onto lined baking trays (approx 12-15 per tray). And bake in preheated 180•C oven for 35-40minutes. You may wish to flatten them slightly with a fork about half way through the cooking time for a more level and ever-so-slightly crunchier cookie.
- Allow to cool slightly before eating.
Feel free to comment below with your own variations! I think this may work with broad beans or kidney beans too but have never tried it. 🙂
It’s been forever since I wrote. I know 😢 because life. Homeschooling. Training. Sleep deprivation (I know you hear me, mamas!). Work. Life. I think I’ve got 20 unfinished posts in the queue which is just pathetic but, on the other hand, I have this yummy recipe for you & your family !! 😊😊
My eldest daughter stole it from my Mother’s old recipe book and tweaked it to meet our family’s needs. Gluten free and half the sugar of the original, and with a cooking process my two children (8 & 4 years) managed to handle and bake all by themselves. It was a winner! Try these 🙂
— This recipe makes 24 biscuits —
- 110 g butter
- ½ C sugar (EDIT: we actually tried making these with ¼ cup and then with no sugar at all and found we enjoyed the sugar free the best! The biscuits still bake perfectly.)
- 1 egg (or egg replacement)
- 1 C desiccated coconut
- 3 tbsp milk of choice
- 2 C gluten free self raising flour
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- ¼-⅛ tsp of your favorite jam for each biscuit
- Place all ingredients (except jam) in a bowl and beat with electric beater until well combined. I think it took a few minutes.
- Scoop by teaspoonful and roll into balls to place on a lined baking tray, flatten them slightly with flat fingers. (We had 2 trays with 12 biscuits on each). Press the tip of your little finger in the Centre of each biscuit to make a small dent and place jam in the middle. Be sure not to overfill as it’ll spread during baking.
- Bake in preheated 180•c oven for 35 minutes. They should appear golden around the edges at least. Allow to cool a little before eating.
We found they came out nice and crunchy with just the perfect amount of sweetness ❤️
Hello! Now I have no idea what has been happening for the last few months but for some reason I wasn’t able to access my blog through my App or anything else! I’m upset about the delay and a lot has happened in life so please bear with me while I get up and running again!
Until then, hugs, Celese x
Experiments in my kitchen are usually based on easy to access foods, as our diet – though quite varied – is basic, fresh, and healthy. This doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy foods like brownies or even creme brûlée sometimes though!
Try this recipe out for yourself and see how you like it. It’s a pretty hearty brownie and not at all “fluffy” – nor is it “hard” and sickly sweet. It’s firm almost like cheesecake but with a different texture obviously. I think even throwing grated carrot or zucchini in there as well could work! Check out the variations at the bottom. And feel free to comment if you’ve found a combo you like 🙂
I only had about 400grams of leftover mashed potato (unsalted, with no herbs, is best – mine had milk and butter originally, but use ‘clean’ if you’d prefer), so these are approximate amounts so gage according to how much you’ve got to work with.
- Leftover mash potato (I had *roughly* 400g)
- 2 tbs cacao powder (raw, organic if possible)
- 1-2 tbs maple syrup/honey/nectar, to taste
- 1 tbs sugar (raw, organic if possible)
- 2 tbs coconut oil (cold pressed, organic if possible)
- 2-3 tbs peanut butter/tahini/creamed coconut or nut butter of choice
- In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly – I just use a fork lol. Check your sweetness levels now and add more of what you’d like if necessary.
- Transfer to ramekin dishes (I split mine into two x 200g-ish dishes which gave 4-6 serves in total) or lined brownie tray and bake in a preheated oven (180•C) for 25-45 minutes depending on how thick/deep your pan or dish is.
- Allow to cool a little before portioning and eating – serve with fresh berries or sprinkled with ground cinnamon and nutmeg 🙂
Add zucchini, choc buttons, nuts, carrot, beetroot, pumpkin, fresh ripe bananas, sweet potato/Kumara – experiment with what you like or what’s leftover! Substitute carob for cacao or swap out/substitute sweeteners depending on your preferences.
Also, I’ll be writing a little about ‘sweet’ foods and how I feed my kids in an upcoming post, just to demonstrate my approach to their nutrition, so keep your eyes open for that.
Enjoy! In moderation 😉
Love C xx
Here it is! Feel free to download, colour, and personalise yours – it never hurts to have a conversation about safety with your children and for them it’s even more empowering knowing what to do! This file will print at A4 size just fine. I ended up printing an extra one for my eldest who asked to have one to colour herself and have in her bedroom.
Here’s mine before I’d written the address in. This emergency number is for Australia however if there’s enough interest I can do other countries as well just get in touch 😛
I’ve coloured it, laminated it and hung it in an easy to see, and frequently seen, spot in the house.
Download yours from the Printable Posters page 😛
Try this easy recipe for a different style of potato salad the whole family will love ❤️
Enjoy hot or cold 🙂 Serves 4-6.
Honey Mustard Potato Salad – dairy free!
- 2 med-large potatoes, cubed and cooked
- 1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced or cubed
- Handful cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- Small handful baby gherkins
- Small handful pitted kalamata olives, halved
- 1 tsp wholegrain Mustard
- 1-2 tsps honey
- 1-2 tbs olive oil
- Allow potatoes to cool in fridge or simply sit aside if you’d like a warmer salad. While potatoes cool, combine Mustard, honey and olive oil in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Combine potatoes, mustard mixture and all other ingredients into a medium-large glass bowl. Stir gently and serve!
To taste – try freshly cracked salt and pepper for a delicious flavor addition.
Play dough has got to be one of my must-have parenting items. Along with Lego and a library of course! But I’ll write more about must haves another time 🙂
This is a simple recipe using easy to find ingredients and including another twist which I find makes the experience more enjoyable for both parents and children – oil blends!
Choose and mix your own colours, oil blends, and quantities according to your wishes. This makes enough for about 1&1/2 cups of dough, and I like it because even toddlers can make it themselves! And they smell gorgeous and not like salt or oil haha!
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup cooking salt
- 1 tbs cream of tartar
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 cup flour
- A few drops of essential oil/s of choice (a few different ones can be used) – if desired
- 2 or three drops each of your choice of food colouring (if desired). Use 4-5 drops for a stronger colour.
My oil blend of choice for kids!
- Heat water, oil, salt and cream of tartar in a pan over low-medium heat, until salt is mostly dissolved (if not entirely dissolved).
- Remove pan from stove and add flour, mixing quickly to form dough.
- Remove from pan and place on a play board or similar, and knead for a couple of minutes. Section into desired number of portions for your different colour/oil blend combinations. Roll into balls.
- Use your finger to poke a hole in the Centre of each ball, dropping in food colouring and/or oils of choice. Knead carefully, until thoroughly combined. I usually make 4 balls out of this size mixture.
- Now play! And be sure to seal in an airtight container or bag – they should last 4-6 months.
Half mixed blue
Completely mixed and ready to have fun!
Prep: 2 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes
Caramel Beef Curry on a bed of cabbage and snow peas!
Another beautiful kitchen experiment turned winning recipe!
This is a basic (very) mild curry which the family will love – I usually make meat dishes to last our family over 3 meals so that’s why the amount of beef is 1-1.2kgs. Half the recipe if desired.
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 large fresh garlic glove, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 heaped tsp turmeric (ground)
- 1 heaped tsp cumin (ground)
- 1&½ heaped tsp Garam Masala powder
- 1-1.2kgs beef, cubed
- Pinch salt
- Approx ⅔ cup pitted dates
- 1 can coconut milk
- Heat the oil in a large pot, add the garlic and bay leaves and cook until the garlic is gently browned. Add spices and stir for 45 seconds then add beef.
- Brown beef on high heat with spices, turning as necessary. Add salt. Cover.
- Bring meat to the boil and continue boiling for 5-10 minutes. Stir and cover. Then add dates and bring to the boil again with lid on pot, then add coconut milk, stir, cover and bring to the boil again.
- Stir thoroughly then reduce heat to a bubbling simmer for 30 minutes. Stir appropriately every 5 minutes to 10 minutes. Keep pot lid on but tilt it to allow steam to escape. Sauce should be noticibly thicker but not thick and lumpy, or to the other extreme – runny like water!
- Remove from heat and allow to sit with lid tilted for 5-10 minutes before serving.
To serve: thinly slice some raw cabbage and raw snow peas and place them on the plate to form a bed to dollop the curry over – yum! Add some rice or bread to the side if required as well 🙂
If you like a stronger curry taste simply add a diced onion in when cooking the garlic initially, and double your spices when adding them.
After returning from our second holiday in Japan (now affectionately known as our “Japanniversary”), I have some handy tips for all of you parents out there to save you time, energy, frustration or embarrassment for your visit to Japan. On this visit we were able to spend time again in Osaka and Kyoto, as well as Nara. Next trip we’re hoping to head to Kobe, up to Sapporo, and most probably to visit our pen pals in Osaka again.
Points for Parents;
- Stay hydrated! Since we spent most of our days walking with our eyes wide open and concentrating on the sights and our senses were occupied, we didn’t drink enough and this may effect the little ones more than you. Just a word though, the tap Water is chlorinated, within “safe” levels.
- Everything regarding the public transport is so efficient – don’t stuff it up by standing on the left or boarding before others leave the train/bus.
- Nishiki Markets in Kyoto are a must do as well but if you have more than 2 small children consider giving it a miss if they can’t handle squashy crowds. Samples and demonstrations are plenty and the food range is awesome.
- Proteins & fats are hard to come by in restaurants and more expensive in supermarkets – considering that weight training and daily movement are part of our family lifestyle, we generally do well on consuming more protein and fats. However, staples for the Japanese are predominantly carbohydrates so bear this in mind. We took along some hydrolysed collagen to help out. Super greens won’t hurt either if you’re used to eating a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables and won’t have access to your own kitchen.
- If you’re a coffee snob like myself, consider taking along an aeropress and your own ground coffee if you’ll have access to a kettle. ‘%’ coffee in Arashiyama is excellent, but be prepared to wait atleast 30 minutes as the line often twists out the door & around the corner. ‘LILO Coffee’ in Amerikamura (Osaka) is also a must for coffee lovers.
- Teach your children manners – it is normal for people in Japan to be respectful and display manners and courtesy at all times. If you show and teach your children what is acceptable, you’ll find the experience all the more pleasant.
- If you’re heading to Osaka an absolute MUST is to take your children to the Kids Plaza Osaka! Perfect on rainy days it’s a 3 level discovery & play Centre you could probably spend 3 days in if they wanted to experience each activity to its fullest. Ages 3 & up is best I think, however there are stations for babies/toddlers which are lovely too. Nature, Science, Culture, Technology, Imagination… everything is physically and mentally engaging. Perfect. The ticket price is more than worth it and well within budget! The link is here; http://www.kidsplaza.or.jp/en/
- Another few awesome attractions are the Arashiyama Monkey Park (Arashiyama is approx 25/35minute bus ride from Kyoto) a 160m climb with a mountain top park which protects Japanese Macaques, and Nara Park (5 minutes walk from Nara train station) which is filled with temples, museums, historical buildings, and wild deer roaming free. A word of warning – please please please pay attention to the signage with instruction on how to treat the animals – we witnessed a number of close calls simply because people ignored warnings. They are still wild animals. Make sure you and your children respect them, please. Then there’s the Osaka Castle and citizens park – so much to see in the grounds & surrounds as well as the brilliance of the castle itself.
- Be aware of smoking & non smoking in restaurants – if this is an issue for you please keep an eye out for the ash trays on tables, especially if you’re not confident with your pronounciation of “can we have non-smoking please”, or don’t recognize the characters. A positive note though, in public areas and all playgrounds there are designated “Manners Stations” where smokers must smoke – I love these as it’s easy to move your children from those areas when smokers arrive.
- Kimonos versus Yukatas – so both are traditional dress however the Kimono is more formal and the Yukata more casual. For both males & females of all ages. But be aware, Kimonos can be worn incorrectly which may offend, so if you’re hiring one please have the attendant dress you or help you. Kimonos are also considerably more expensive and custom made to order according to your social status. The Yukata is much more affordable (and easier to put on) as a souvenir if you’re wanting to purchase something like that. Prices range from $45aud and up where as Kimonos start in the 100’s and 1000’s.
The Yukata is more casual
- Dining – everywhere is good. Haha! Some better than others but if you’ve never been to a “real” automated sushi train please do – the kids will love using the screen/tablet to order and the speed at which the made-to-order dishes come along the track.
- Take a phrase book or app – as with most countries, an attempt to speak the language is welcomed and often you’ll be able to get by piece by piece even if the person you’re speaking to doesn’t know any English.
I highly recommend Japan as a destination so please go and please enjoy!
It finally arrived today! Here in Australia we’ve had to wait until April to receive this wonderful new storybook. Not just for girls or teens, but for everyone 🙂
Unfortunately, this book has received labeling (in positive praise of course!) using the term “anti-princess“. While that may be the view of some, I personally think it’s less anti-princess, less “rebel”, but more pro-action, pro-self belief, pro-game-changer, and pro-female.
The stories of each of the 100 inspiring women from around the world are just as the title suggests, and follow a simple, bed-time story format. Easy to read and interesting even for toddlers, each story reveals the lesson or value each person has given to the world in a way that is easy for young minds to digest.
I personally think it’s less anti-princess, less “rebel”, but more pro-action, pro-self belief, pro-game-changer, and pro-female.
The illustrations on each double page spread are unique to the woman they portray. Completely different styles created (as expected) by 60 women around the world. Simply gorgeous.
After reading only 2 or 3 stories my 7yo decided to write and illustrate her own story (about her) in the allotted pages at the back of the book – very cool 🙂
Highly recommended for all ages 🙂
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