Happy Teas & Happy Tums
by Helen Burgess, Little Cooks Co
(The lovely Helen has offered all Small & Wild followers 50% off your first Little Cooks Co box using code SW18)
We love tea in our house! Not surprising really - I grew up in a home where we were given tea in our baby bottles and even the dog was given a bowl of tea in the evenings. Having studied nutrition, I wouldn't recommend giving caffeine to babies (or dogs for that matter!), but I would 100% recommend Small and Wild tea.
I was so excited when I discovered Small and Wild as I had long been suggesting parents offer fruity teas to their kids as a variation to water. I immediately bought some and was even more delighted when it arrived - the branding and packaging is perfect for engaging little ones and when our snoozy fox tea turned blue I think my son’s mind exploded a little bit! When we arrive home from a walk or outdoor activity my son now says ‘shall we have a cuppa tea mummy’? It warms my heart. As does the tea.
Now, being in the healthy kids snack market, we rarely have a cuppa without a little something, so here are a couple of our favourite recipes to try out with your little ones and enjoy with your next cuppa!
Raspberry and banana cookies
• ¼ cup (40g) of raisins
• 2 ripe bananas
• 1 cup (95g) of oats
• 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1 cup (100g) of raspberries (frozen is fine)
1. Pre heat oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
2. Add raisins into a bowl and soak in boiling water
3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas to a puree consistency
4. Add the oats & cinnamon and stir through
5. Add the raspberries and stir until the raspberries have broken down and incorporated into the mixture
6. Drain the raisins and add to the mixture
7. Form tablespoon sized balls (add more oats if you need to make the mixture firmer) and place on a greased baking tray
8. Flatten the balls to form cookie shapes and cook for 15 minutes
• 100g of unsalted butter or coconut oil
• 50g honey
• 40g raw cacao powder
• You can also add your favourite flavours - hazelnuts, orange, freeze dried berries
1. Melt the butter/coconut oil and honey together on a low heat in a saucepan
2. Take off the heat and whisk in the raw cacao powder
3. At this point you can add in flavours you want to try out - I usually add nuts
4. Pour the mix into small container covered with parchment paper - this will become your block of chocolate so think about how thick you want it and transfer to a bigger or smaller container if needed
5. Pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes and voila - you have made your very own chocolate! Crack it into bite sized pieces and store it in the freezer
You can also use the chocolate to make your very own chocolate coated raisins or brazil nuts?! Pop them in the freezer and then you can store them in the fridge for up to a week
Little Cooks Co make cooking with kids easy, healthy and fun! Each month they send your little cook a new snack recipe and all the dry organic ingredients to make it. No refined sugar, no gluten, just delicious healthy fun with your little ones - a perfect way to spend quality time together!