- 1/4C breadcrumbs (I used millet bread but any bread is fine)
- 1/2C vegetable puree (something starchy works best, I used carrot and sweet potato)
- 1/4C pureed corn kernels
- 3T brown rice flour
- 1/4t curry powder
- 1/8t aluminium free baking powder
- 1/8C sesame seeds
- 1/8C raw cashews
- 1 egg (or 1 flax “egg”)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2t fresh or dried herbs (I used fresh chives and mint)
- Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- Heat a fry pan with a little oil or butter.
- Drop teaspoons full of batter in, and cook for 2 minutes each side or until golden brown.
- Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, sour cream or mashed avacado.
- 1/2C almond meal
- 1/4C roasted buckwheat groats, ground into flour (or sub in 1/4C oatmeal)
- 1/4t sea salt
- 1T ground flax
- 1/2C raisins
- 1/2t ground cinnamon
- 1/3C pureed banana (basically 1 medium banana, mashed up)
- 2t nut butter
- 1t coconut oil
Combine first 7 ingredients and set aside for 10 minutes or so.
Add in nut butter and coconut oil (melted). Mix well.
Roll teaspoons of dough into balls and then flatten with a fork. Place on a lined baking tray.
The banana flavour comes through nice and strong which I love… having been without bananas for months due to Cyclone Yasi which devastated the banana crops of Queensland, I welcome back affordable bananas with open arms. It got to the point that a single banana was costing around $3 earlier in the year, yeesh.
I’ve been here. It wasn’t as big as I was expecting. Disappointing.
Misty is also digging the addition of banana in his diet – he enjoys them cut into rounds with a dollop of almond butter, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. These cookies are baby friendly, but they do contain nuts, so be aware of any sensitivities to these. Tahini would work in the place of nut butter. The raisins could also be a choking hazard for younger babies. You can omit, or simply chop finely before adding to mix.
I think frozen raisins are my new favourite thing. Little chewy nuggets of sweetie yum yum. I won’t tell you what Viper said they looked like. Stupid Viper.
So, you’ve seen the movie.
I only remember the first one. The other 2 are a bit of a sleepy daze… I think I fell into a sugar-induced coma after eating too many lollies. I don’t really dig the fantasy genre. Or science fiction. Viper loves both. We make it work; it can’t always be rose petals and sweet guitar serenades (particularly as he can only play 3 songs on the guitar, which he repeats and repeats and repeats, ah bless).
At least now, if someone has no idea about New Zealand, you can just say “Lord of the Rings,” and they will know what you are talking about.
The movie does look nice, but the real New Zealand is better:
Green is good. Makes me happy.
I reckon this tree is older than Yoda.
Tiny man or huge rock? You decide.
Way better than the movie.
According to Viper, to explore this wild and unspoilt land, you need much sustenance to fuel your intrepid journey. He likens the satisfying power of this next recipe to that of “Hobbit-food” whatever that may be. See the movie, now eat the bar.
Oaty Fruity Filler Bar:
My slightly more interesting version of these Friendly Fruit Bars – again, these would be very suitable for kiddies, just omit nuts if you are giving them to a baby/toddler (choking risk).
This recipe is kind of fool-proof. You can make it how you like it. Super fruity? Blend extra fruit and have a nice thick fruit filling layer. Like it a tad nutty? Just add more nuts, it’s really that simple. Don’t be afraid to play around – I would call myself an intuitive cook (just a fancy way of saying that I can’t stick to a recipe) Mistakes are good in the kitchen – it gives you the opportunity to work out a different flavour combination, method or technique. Learn by DOING.
- 1/2C dried fruit
- 1C whole oats
- 4T apple puree
- 1T cinnamon (I’m crazy for the stuff, feel free to use less)
- 1/4C walnuts
- 1/2t sea salt
- 1/2t baking powder
- 1/2t vanilla extract (optional)