“Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” by Emily Leary: Our Favourite Recipes [Gifted]

A few weeks ago, we received Emily Leary’s new book ‘Get Your Kids to Eat Anything’* which is a how-to guide to getting your children to eat anything using a gentle method of introducing new colours, flavours, and textures in to their favourite meals; from burgers to fish fingers.

Using Emily’s clever 5-phase approach, you’re also invited to explore new foods such as baked eggs, soda bread, and fondue, using a explanation of what you’re going to learn and achieve.

We’ve been pretty lucky with T in that he’ll generally give anything a go once, however over the past few months he’s gone off cooked mushrooms and anything remotely ‘leafy’ or ‘sluggish’ resulting in Sharon and I often having to dice certain textures really small if we need to include them in our meal.

Therefore, having Emily’s book on our shelf has been a welcome tool to reinventing new ways of introducing a certain food, or in this case, texture. You can read our full review of the book here, but if you’d like to know what our favourite meals have been so far, please continue below:

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The Breastfeeding Chronicles – Recipes: Banana Oat Bites

In addition to what’s in my cupboard, I decided to give making my own snacks a go last week. I’m no Mary Berry, but it’s likely to be a hell of a lot cheaper, and probably healthier too!
Here’s my (not so much of a) recipe for banana oat bites:-

What you’ll need:

3 bananas
75g porridge oats (25g per banana if you wish to make smaller batches). You can add more oats if you don’t want the bites to be so spongy.
2tsp cinnamon.
1tsp honey (any other moist, sweet stuff will do. I’ve seen apple sauce used as well as coconut oil).

Method:

Break up and mash the banana.


Add the porridge oats, cinnamon, and honey. You could probably add other bits such as nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips at this stage. 

 

Mix to an even colour.

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Spoon out into even dollops.

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Cook for 15-20 minutes at 200oC (25-30 minutes if you don’t want them as spongy)

When they come out of the oven, they will continue to cook, so even if you bring them out at 30 minutes, you’ll still notice a little spring in them still just not as wobbly as cooking for 20.

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And that’s it! They’re my banana oat bites. I really like them as they use up any brown bananas (I HATE brown bananas) and they’re a nice treat any time of the day. I’m hoping to make some more but make them into bars as apposed to bites by spreading out the mixture as a slab. 

K