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Fussy eaters - again!

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Hunn1e Tue 30-Apr-13 09:30:42

I've started up my own blog on this subject but thought you might be interested too.

In case you want to look at that here's a link:

Banoffee Pie......but not as you know it!

OK, so let's deal with the sugar Nazis first - I am not suggesting that anybody should feed their child on puddings alone and I am not promoting a diet that consists only of cake. My suggestion is that if your child will only eat a very limited number of things, that you use those things they do like to hide things in that are good for them. That is to say if they are going to eat cake, let's try to work with what we've got and give them cake that has a few hidden extras.

Now whilst I blow a big fat raspberry at the sugar Nazis, I am an unashamed salt Nazi. I avoid salt in pretty much everything - I don't add it to anything at all whilst cooking and think there is more than enough of the stuff in pretty much all commercially made products to give us what we might need in our diet. I am a hypocrite though when it comes to chips - I can't see the point in them without salt and vinegar. I will probably have a rant about salt and the amount celeb chefs use at a later date.

For now, if your fussy eater will eat Banoffee Pie, then why not try it this way.......

The recipe below is designed to be a quick fix - this isn't about learning to be a gourmet cook, it's an idea on which I'm going to build all sorts of ways of sneaking in veg to an otherwise nutrition black hole!

As well as 3 of their 5-a-day, this provides a good dose of their Omega 3 brain food too. For the ground mixed seeds, I use about a tablespoon each of pumpkin, sunflower, linseed, sesame and hemp with a teaspoon of poppy seed and blitz it to a fine powder in a coffee grinder. You can use just the pumpkin and sunflower though alone.

You'll see that I tend to steam vegetables - this is because they lose less of their nutritional value in steaming than in boiling - when you boil a vegetable, it leeches a lot of goodness into the water, which then gets discarded.

Ingredients: (serves 4)

For the biscuit base:
12 digestive biscuits
50gms butter
1 heaped tablespoon ground mixed seeds
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons Nutella
(Alternatively, you can just use a shop bought pie crust - M&S do great individual portion ones)

For the topping:
125gms chopped dates
4 medium sized parsnips
4 large bananas
400 gm can of caramel/dolce de lecce
Can of squirty cream or any cream whipped (enough to top four ramekins)
Small bar of chocolate to grate


1. Blitz the biscuits in the food processor or put them in a food bag and bash them with a rolling pin or pan base until broken into crumbs.

2. Over a low heat melt the butter and Nutella together.

3. Tip the biscuit crumbs, mixed seeds and walnuts into the melted butter/Nutella mixture and stir through until combined.

4. Divide this mixture into four and press into the bottom of four large ramekins or small individual pie dishes and refrigerate to set.

5. Peel the parsnips and cut into small chunks and either steam until tender (usually about 10 - 12 minutes) or nuke them in the microwave in a little water for about 6 minutes.

6. In a small pan, simmer the chopped dates in about 3 tablespoons of water (add more if it all evaporates) until they form a caramel like mush, usually about 5 - 6 minutes.

7. Allow the parsnips and dates to cool for 10 minutes and then puree them together with three of the bananas.

8. Stir about half the dolce de lecce into the puree, taste and add as much more as you feel you need for taste.

9. Spoon this mixture over the biscuit bases and then refrigerate again for 10 - 15 minutes.

10. Finely slice the remaining banana (feel free to add more if you think you can get away with it) and layer over the toffee mixture, so that the surface is completely covered and then squirt cream over the top to cover the whole thing. Grate some chocolate over the top to decorate.

If you find the caramel mixture too rich, try it without the dates next time - most kids don't then notice the parsnip is there at all!

Hunn1e Tue 30-Apr-13 09:32:09

I'll get the hang of technology one day!

choceyes Tue 30-Apr-13 09:40:48

I can offer you another idea for hiding good stuff in a treat. Banana and date flapjacks.
2/3 bananas, 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of chopped dates, 80ml oil (i use evoo) and a huge handful of sunflower seeds. Makes yummy flapjacks and my sugar obsessed DS just gobbles it up thinking he is getting a big sugary treat.

choceyes Tue 30-Apr-13 09:41:26

2-3 banans not two thirds of a banana

Hunn1e Tue 30-Apr-13 09:47:01

I'll get the hang of technology one day!

Hunn1e Tue 30-Apr-13 09:49:34 all of those ingredients in the cupboard - they'll go down nicely with a coffee for me later too!

CheesyPoofs Tue 30-Apr-13 09:57:57

It's a good idea but my DD hates as many sweet things as she hates savory. For instance she hates cream and caramel so the banoffee pie recipe would be out.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 30-Apr-13 14:34:33

Thing you should warn people that you are promoting a blog and that your post is so very, very long.....

Hunn1e Tue 30-Apr-13 18:52:18

CheesyPoofs - what sort of foods does she like? I have as many savoury recipes as sweet ones! Or does she have particular sweet likes?

JiltedJohnsJulie - am I posting in the wrong place to give a recipe? And in fairness, the first thing I said was that I have a blog and was reposting here. Nobody gets charged for visiting my blog - its about sharing information that other mums might find useful.

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