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Couscous fingers

Harry loves cous cous!  It is so small and tricky for him to eat though that it usually ends up turning our kitchen into a couscous snow globe!  It’s amazing how far a tiny piece of couscous can travel when it is thrown by a baby!  These couscous fingers are a brilliant solution for how to give couscous without the mess and inevitable frustration caused by it slipping through baby’s fingers!

Here’s how we made them:



  • 300g couscous
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • Large handful of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 low salt vegetable stock cube


  • Preheat the oven to 180°c
  • Wash, peel and chop the sweet potato into cubes.

couscous fingers chop the sweet potato

  • Boil the sweet potato until soft

couscous fingers sweet potato

  • Whilst the potato is cooking, chop the peppers into small cubes.

couscous fingers chopped pepper

  • In a pan with a little unsalted butter or cooking spray, cook the garlic and peppers until soft.

couscous fingers pepper and garlic

  • Drain the potato and return to the pan.  Add the peppers and garlic and mix well.  Mix the stock cube with boiling water and add enough of the stock to the pan to cover the other ingredients.

couscous fingers

  • Allow the mixture to cool, then blitz in a food processor until it forms a smooth liquid.

couscous fingers

  • Put the mix back in the pan and heat until it starts to simmer.  Add the couscous and mix well.

couscous fingers

  • Remove the mixture from the heat, cover and leave for 10 minutes.

couscous fingers

  • Stir through half of the cheese.

couscous fingers

  • Press the mixture into a tin.  I lined my tin with tinfoil to make it easier to remove the fingers later.

couscous fingers

  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top then bake in the oven for 25/30 minutes

couscous fingers

  • Once cooked, remove from the tray and slice into finger shapes.  Transfer to a cooling rack to cool.

couscous fingers

  • Serve and enjoy!

couscous fingers

5 Replies to “Couscous fingers”

  1. Alas mine seem to fall apart and not hold any sort of shape …..would you have any ideas on what I did wrong???

    1. Sorry to hear that yours fell apart. I made sure I pushed the mixture quite firmly into the baking tray so it was quite dense. When I took them out they rumbled slightly at the edge when cut but held their shape when picked up, kind of like a flapjack if that makes sense.

  2. Thank you for the great recipe

    I appreciated that you took a pic at each step that helped alot.

    My first attempt was not bad but not the best.

    I managed to put way to much water so i made lots of couscous he he

    Once cooked mine did not come away very easily so next time i may mould them individually

    Thanks again from Milton Keynes UK

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