spinach-pear-coconut 'baby' cookies

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.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 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
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DIRECTIONS

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.