I was looking for a healthy baking recipe to make with Lady P last week, but having offered it as a promise to get her to go for a nap, we were kind of limited to whatever I had in the cupboard.
So I found this recipe on a website somewhere and adapted it to suit whatever we had in the house. I wouldn’t say it’s the world’s most healthy baking recipe for kids, but it’s also not the most terrible thing you can give to your child.
Personally, I don’t believe in pumping my child full of crap. I also don’t like to really restrict either as I feel this can lead to more problems.
I’ve seen kids stuff themselves silly on sweet things, and it’s usually because they are never allowed any of it.
I learnt the hard way that having an unhealthy attitude to food can lead to food hang ups, developing an eating disorder when I was younger. For this reason, I am determined to make sure Lady P grows up with a healthy attitude towards food and lifestyle, so we follow an 80:20 ‘everything in moderation’ rule. In fact, by offering her a bit of whatever I am treating myself to occasionally (which is very occasional), I find she tends to leave most of it.
Every parent is free to make their own mind up about this matter though, so if you live by a ‘no sugar’ regime with your kids, look away now
For those of us who are OK with it, here is my super simple healthy baking recipe for a semi-naughty treat.
Coconut Weetabix slices
4 Weetabix biscuits
1 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
1/2 cup of sugar
70g of margarine
1/4 cup of water
2 tablespoons of low fat drinking chocolate powder / 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder (optional)
Icing sugar and sprinkles to top (optional)
Preheat the oven to 160C for fan assisted ovens. Crush the Weetabix in a bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave and add to the bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Line a loaf tin with baking parchment paper and add the mixture, smoothing into the corners and flattening off with a blunt knife.
Pop in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Optional: Whilst cooling, mix up some icing sugar and spread across the top of the cake. My tip is to keep it in the lining paper in case of drips on the sides. Cut up some fruit or top with sprinkles as desired by your little one!
Pop into the fridge for 2 hours to chill.