A word of warning before you proceed: if you do not parent/nanny/otherwise interact on a TMI level with a toddler and have never dealt with the, um, ickier sides of toddlerhood, stop here. Seriously. Do not read any further.
If you DO, however, find yourself acquainted with the ickier parts of toddlerdom, you may need this recipe. It is with that in mind that I even publish such a thing — I couldn’t find something fitting, so I made it up.
So if you’re still reading, consider yourself warned.
This is one of my solutions for The Kiddo Who Needs Fiber But Who Will Not Knowingly Ingest Fruits or Vegetables. I’m building an arsenal of solutions.
I’ve spent the last twenty minutes trying to think of a cuter title for this recipe:
Move It Muffins
Sadly for all of you, I’m kind of at a loss.
Sadder still: sometimes toddler digestive issues are just not cute. We’ll leave it at that. Without further ado: one of my secret weapons.
In a mixing bowl:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use only King Arthur flour)
- 1/2 cup flax meal
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- pinch of salt
Cut in with a pastry blender:
- about 3 Tbsp of butter till the mix looks like cornmeal.
Add to this:
- a big squeeze of dark Karo syrup (maybe a couple Tbsp.)
- enough milk to make it look like biscuit dough.
If your toddler is willing to eat such a thing, raisins would be a great addition to these. Mine is not.
Pat out the dough on a floured surface (I use a floursack) and cut biscuits. Place closely together on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. To make them even more treat-like, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar. Now bake them at 350* for about 20 minutes or until they’re a nice golden brown.
* I normally bake biscuits at more like 400 or 450 but whole wheat flour is denser and takes longer to cook through, so I like a lower temperature for these; that way the outside doesn’t get too crispy before the inside is done.
I have tried these, and they’re actually kinda tasty! The butter and the sweetness of the Karo make them more likely to actually be consumed by a toddler. With a smear of Nutella on top they’re downright tasty (but so is practically anything with Nutella). With some Sunbutter on them, they’re a meal for The Kiddo in and of themselves! Also (confession alert) I told my kid they’re cookies. So far he’s buying it.