Preparing food for kids is easy, but making them eat is a tough job. Kids are always on the ‘get, set, go’ mode, because of which they end up spending a lot of their energy. So it’s important that we mothers offer our kids snack items that are energy-dense, healthy, tummy-filling and delicious.
Following are some recipes that I have made for my 20-month-old daughter a couple of times. These are easy to prepare, not time-consuming, sugar-free and most importantly, my daughter’s favourites. All these sweet treats can be made under 20 minutes and are super delicious! Also, these are very much Indian and made with simple ingredients. Do give them a try!
1. Banana Pancakes
- 1 ripe/overripe banana (mashed)
- 80 ml whole wheat flour
- 60 ml water (adjust as per desired consistency)
- 1 tbsp jaggery powder
- Half a tsp fennel seeds
- Mix the above-mentioned ingredients together to form a batter resembling a dosa batter.
- Spread it on a hot pan, drizzle some oil, and cook till both the sides are golden.
- This will give you about 4 to 5 mini-pancakes, which can be served warm with some honey or maple syrup.
2. Banana Mousse
- 1 ripe banana
- 30 ml fresh cream
- 5 ml honey
- 1-2 drops lemon juice
- Mash the banana to make a smooth paste in a mixer jar. To that, add the remaining ingredients and pulse the mixer 7 to 8 times.
- Pour the puree into a serving bowl and refrigerate it for a few hours.
- This will give you a bowl full of delicious creamy mousse with the goodness of banana and honey.
3. Date & Dry Fruit Rolls
- 1 cup (250ml) seedless dates (finely chopped)
- 5 to 6 chopped almonds
- 5 to 6 chopped cashews
- 1 tbsp gulkand
- 2 tsp ghee
- Fry the dry fruits in a tsp of ghee till they turn golden.
- When done, keep them aside and to the same pan, add the dates and gulkand, and keep stirring for 10 minutes till you get a soft mixture.
- Then add the dry fruits and stir well. When the mixture is still warm, make a log. Keep it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and allow it to set. Then slice it into small pieces.
- This will give about 15 date rolls which can be stored at room temperature for a month.
4. Date Milkshake
- 4 seedless dates (soaked in water for 7 to 8 hours)
- 1 glass of milk
- 1-2 almonds soaked in water
- Add the dates and almonds in a mixer jar with a few spoons of milk, blend the mixture, add the remaining milk and blend again.
- This will give you an energy-dense, yummy thick shake!
5. Tilgul Ladoo
- 1 cup (250 ml) white til
- 3/4 cup grated jaggery
- 1 tsp ghee
- Dry roast the til (sesame seeds) on a low flame till they crackle and slightly change their colour. Then add them in a mixer and make a coarse powder. To that, add the jaggery and ghee, and blend again to get a fine mixture.
- Apply some ghee on your palms and use this mixture to make small ladoos. This will give around 30 small ladoos.
Do give these delicious treats a try.
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