With rhubarb season in full swing this recipe is getting a work-out in our house at the moment. Very versatile as can be used for any number of fruit bases - rhubarb and apple, mixed berry, apricot, apple - anything really. As mini-anything goes down well with the little tasters in our family, I find myself making a batch of mini versions of these and wacking half in the freeer for next supper time. Righteous easy home baking!
Sweetpea Pantry: Blog, Recipes & Reviews
Always on the look out for brilliant party ideas, this is a simple decoration that can be eaten as well - win win!
1 x 220 gram Sweetpea Pantry Chocolate Giggles Biscuit Mix
2 tablespoons honey, golden syrup or natural syrup (eg Sweet Freedom or maple syrup)
75 grams butter
1 egg white
Searching for quick after school or play date snacks? These are a winner every time and with chia and flax in the mix, give a nice base for lasting energy for hungry kids. (Make sure you make plenty as delicious with avocado, pate, cheese, dips etc for you too!!)
1 x 260 gram Sweetpea Pantry Playful Pizza Dough Mix with Chia and Flax
2 tablespoons olive oil
150 ml lukewarm water
As breakfast fans, we had to give this alternative recipe for our mixes a try and it is truly delicious. And with so much sugar in many of the the ready-made cereals out there, this gives you the option of adding how much you like and what you like (honey, maple syrup, date syrup or golden syrup).
1 x 230 grams Sweetpea Pantry Super Oat Flapjack mix with quinoa and flax
100 grams coconut oil
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
Melt your oil and syrup together and add to your Sweetpea mix.
Stir well and press into square baking tray, approx 1-2 cm high.
Bake in pre-heated moderate oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly brown and crispy at the edges. Let cool, but while still slightly warm break with spoon or fingers into chunks of oaty deliciousness.
Serve sprinkled over natural yoghurt with nuts, seeds and berries – Devour!
This recipe came about because cheesecake is a pudding I luuurve and with a bit of sugar reduction, it is a great dessert for children with nice protein from the cheese and eggs (well that's what I tell myself every time I bake it 'for the children'!). Really quick and easy to make and delicious as mini bites or one large cake.
I'm not going to pretend, this isn't a quick 5 minute recipe - this is for the special occasion when you have a chance to cook without children in tow, where you can lose yourself in contemplative baking creation.... happens everyday right? Seriously the end result is worth it, kids will go crazy for this and another use for all those lego characters sitting around the house... happy creating!
Breakfast... usually done while scrambling for school uniforms, finishing last minute home-work and running around after a missing shoe. However I firmly believe that making time to get some goodness into this first meal of the day for the little ones is so important. From personal experience I've found that starting the little one's day with a protein-loaded breakfast works wonders. 1) She is full for much longer 2) She is less grumpy (seriously!) 3) I feel less guilt as I've kept sugar down or out for at least half a day! So on this "World Cereal Day" here's a few recipe ideas that are worth a try!
I don't know about you, but I'm slightly envious of those impressive insta posts of food for kids in groovy shapes and formats. I'm not there just yet, but in our house, we are big on pancake shapes and with Pancake Day just around the corner, let's all get inspired to up the ante on our pancakes (and you know they are onto something... shaped pancakes get gobbled up twice as fast, by both kids and adults alike!)
Are you ready for Pancake Day?
We’re counting down the days until Shrove Tuesday; one of our favourite food celebrations. We eat pancakes most weeks anyway, but we love to treat the family to some extra special toppings on Pancake Day.
Naturally we also try to make sure they have some nutritional benefits too, and next week we’ll be making these two delicious and wholesome fillings. Both recipes make a family sized bowl of filling, and we’ve included some ideas for leftovers if you have any.
Our pancake mix is free from gluten and added sugar and salt, so throw on some healthier toppings too and give the whole family a nutritious, refined sugar free treat for Pancake Day. You can make the pancake toppings together in advance, leaving you to focus on those flipping skills on the day. We've begun research a little early so we can try them all, when they are this good... why not!
Five scrumptious pancake toppings – all refined sugar free
Savoury fillings to savour on Pancake Day
Pancakes are super versatile and make for relaxed, happy dining from breakfast through to supper. Kids love cooking them, and you can cram some serious goodness inside. So, get your gluten free Grainy Brainy Pancakes and let’s hit the mixing bowls!
Now, we love the classic ham and oozing melted cheese combo as much as the next pancake fiend, but when you consume as many as we do it’s time to get creative. Here are a few of our fave ways to eat them.
We've all been there. “I don't like that” (hasn't tried it), “I don't eat x” (varies day by day), or just out-right refusal to eat certain foods. I used to let this stress me out, I now realise it is part of the development of independence, asserting own personality or just taking some control. Or perhaps they just don't like something, which hey this is ok too!
I hate wasting food, but realise that you do need to present certain foods over and over before they are even tried – but it is worth the persistence, you do win some (not all, let's be realistic!) in the end.
However, the best way I have found to get fussy or 'refusal' eaters to try something is to involve them in the preparation or cooking of a meal. It is amazing.