My kids love these little colourful bites as a snack to eat in the garden on sunny days. They’re quick to make, healthy, and you can use any veggies that you like! I like to make them as colourful as I can, using different coloured wraps, different flavours of houmous and my kids love that they’re all the colours of the rainbow.
I haven’t written any blog posts for ages but we loved these ice-creams so much that I had to post the recipe! They’re very simple to make, yummy and pretty healthy. My kids have been loving them in this hot weather, and it looks like the weather will last bit longer so I might try a few more flavours too.
After making my Carrot Hot Dogs I had the idea to use roasted carrot in these wrap roll-ups things. My kids love wraps, but I find they’re much easier for them to eat if they’re rolled up and sliced into little bite-size pieces like this. They love it! I thought the carrots would go really well with houmous, and make these a very nutritious snack. They also would work well for lunch boxes or kids’ party food!
Hot dogs are something that my son has asked for because he sees them on TV (and he didn’t know what they were made of). Of course we have to make them vegan, and we don’t eat a lot of faux meats, so carrot hot dogs are perfect! They taste really nice, they’re healthy, they’re really simple to make, and they get the kids to eat vegetables! I added mashed avocado to make it even more nutritious and because it’s yummy, but you can add more traditional toppings or whatever you like. It is actually surprisingly like eating a hot dog!
I came up with this very simple granola recipe as yet another way to get my kids to eat more cashew butter. Any nut butter would work in this, but I really love cashew butter in it! My kids love dried blueberries and they are really nice, but if you can’t find them, feel free to use raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dates, dried apricots or whatever you have. I didn’t add lots of seeds or anything, like I usually would for granola, because Rian tends to pick them out but he really loves oats, and I wanted him to eat it, but you could definitely add whatever seeds you like (or add them to individual portions afterwards for people who like them). I added desiccated coconut and ground flax seed because kids wouldn’t even notice it’s there, and the coconut gives it a nice flavour.
So the other day I decided to treat us, and bought three huge 1kg tubs of Meridian nut butter. I love it because it’s made from 100% roasted nuts, so is healthy and doesn’t have any added sugar, salt or palm oil. Buying 1kg tubs is the best value too I think. I’ve been using a lot of cashew butter the last couple of weeks to get more iron in our diets. It’s more pricy than peanut butter but has more than twice as much iron! So I came up with this recipe for healthy rice crispy squares, using cashew butter, but feel free to use peanut butter or any kind of nut butter that you have. You could also make it nut-free by using sun butter.
Recently Rian keeps asking for “porridge cereal”, by which he means just porridge oats and soy milk. Great that he’s asking for something healthy! But I thought it would be better if soaked overnight, and if I added some extra healthy stuff, so I came up with this really simple but yummy cashew butter overnight oats.