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Festive Chickpea Cookies

These healthy, festive chickpea cookies are full of flavour and make the perfect Christmas treat!  They’re really easy to make and are refined sugar and gluten free.  I’m going to make some of these for Harry’s Christmas party this weekend and I think we’ll make some to leave out for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve too.  Obviously, if you don’t celebrate Christmas these can be made without the festive shapes or writing but as Christmas is getting nearer I couldn’t resist putting a little twist on an old favourite recipe!

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Spiced apple and pear slice

Harry’s going through a phase at the moment where he’s constantly asking for cake and biscuits.  Don’t get me wrong, he also asks for lots of fruit but I’m finding more and more that he’s asking for a ‘treat’ and as he gets older I want to teach him that it’s ok to have treats in moderation.  In doing this I’ve found more creative ways to give him occasional treats while still keeping them as healthy as possible.  The spiced apple and pear slices recipe was made up as I went along this morning when we both fancied something sweet but had nothing in the house.  It has no refined sugars in and was really quick and easy to make.

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Creamy green pasta

This simple, creamy green pasta takes just minutes to make and is packed full of healthy goodness.  It was a big hit with Harry and will definitely be featuring on our lunchtime menu again!  Just a quick warning though, it is messy!  There is a strong chance your little one will look like Shrek after eating it but I’d say it’s well worth it.

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Carrot cake bites

I’m really enjoying making these ‘ball’ snacks at the moment.  They’re a great way to get your little one to eat lots of healthy goodness while disguising it as a naughty treat!  It’s the week before pay day and after splurging on decorating and baby things we’re on basic rations for the next few days.  After the success of the other ball snacks I’ve made for Harry I decided to rummage through the cupboards and see what ingredients we had in to make some more.  I decided to mix it up a bit and make some carrot cake bites and am so happy with how they’ve turned out.  Harry loved them and so do I!

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Tex Mex Bean Burgers

We’ve been trying to go meat free for a day a week recently and  I’ve been getting creative with tasty, ‘different’ meals that we can enjoy together.  These Tex Mex bean burgers were really quick and easy to make, super tasty and perfectly filling.  They may not look the most refined but the taste more than made up for it!

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Nutty strawberry bites

I’ve been really enjoying making new snacks for Harry recently and my secret mission at the moment is to try and keep him fuller for longer!  He seems to be constantly hungry at the moment and always asking for more snacks!  I’ve decided to try and add more protein more protein to see if it helps and these are a way of doing that whilst letting Harry think he is getting a sweet ‘naughty’ treat!

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Butternut squash Tots

These tasty butternut squash tots are an easy, healthy finger food and a great way to get your fussy little foodie to try butternut squash! (Well, it worked for mine anyway!)  They are easy to make and I managed to do it while Harry pretended to cook at the kitchen table so minimal effort was a must!

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Organix Healthy Birthday Cake Recipes and Goodies Giveaway

Organix has been one of our favourite childrens snack brands since we started weaning.  We love the ‘no junk promise’ and I’m yet to find any of their snacks that Harry doesn’t love.  Organix are currently celebrating their 25th birthday and, as part of their celebration, they have sent us some healthy birthday cake recipes.  I can’t wait to try them, especially with Harry’s 2nd birthday coming up next month.

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Chickpea cookies

Yep, you read that right!  Chickpea cookies! Cookies made from chickpeas!  I had seen a few variations of this recipe online before but was always sceptical.  I’ve had quite a sweet tooth recently and so has Harry.  We had a can of chickpeas in the cupboard so, inspired by online recipes, I decided to have a play and see what I could make. I was amazed by the end result.  So easy to make and they don’t taste at all like chickpeas, just cookies!  My fussy husband usually hates my ‘creative’ makes in the kitchen but even he just thought they were normal cookies and enjoyed it, so for anyone looking for a healthier alternative to cookies and looking to get extra protein into their child’s diet I’d definitely recommend giving these a go! Continue reading “Chickpea cookies”