when my niece was in preschool she once declared to all of the preschool moms that her auntie 'only eats spinach'. although that wasn't the most accurate description, i'm definitely a fan of the greens.
now that i have my own kiddo to feed and i get to make decisions about both the treats and the vegetables he consumes - i'm working on my own approach to feeding. well I don't believe in just sneaking vegetables into foods to get a kid to eat them, i do believe that eating both the real version, and the version that's blended into a treat can be helpful.
these are the first 'cookies' that i ever made for zeke and he loves them, so they must be pretty good.
- 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed
- 3 tbsp of water
- 1 chopped ripe pear (skin on)
- 1/2 cup frozen organic spinach
- 4 dried prunes (preferably soaked in boiled water for about 5 minutes)
- 1 tbsp of melted organic grass fed butter
- The gelled flaxseed
- A sprinkle of cardamom (optional)
- A pinch of maldon sea salt (optional)
- 1/3 cup of dried coconut flakes
Set oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together the flax seed and water. Set aside to gel for ~5 minutes.
To a high speed blender add the pear, spinach, prunes, butter, gelled flaxseed, cardamom & sea salt. Blend until completely smooth and there are no flecks of spinach. Then stir in the coconut flakes.
Place a non-stick silpat on a baking sheet. Drop the mixture in tbsp sized portions onto silpat, flattening out each 'cookie' with the back of a spoon as you go. The 'cookies' should be quite thin...like <1/2cm thick. Bake for ~20 minutes. Allow to cool completely and then gently peel the silpat away from each cookie, store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Makes ~20 small cookies.