My eldest steadfastly refuses to eat most fresh fruit and vegetables. He will eat apple, pear (if he thinks it’s apple), peas and sweetcorn. He loves dried fruit but we’re always looking for ways to sneak more fruit and veg into his diet.
I made these flapjacks while holding Jake – that’s how easy they are. They’re also quick to prepare and they freeze well. The recipe is adapted from the ‘Savoury Flapjacks’ from the Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook. They’re surprisingly tasty for toddler food and I plan to give them to the twins as well.
Hidden Veg Flapjacks
2 carrots, finely grated (you can use any root vegetable instead)
50g butter plus more for greasing
1 egg, beaten
80g Cheddar cheese, grated
Pepper to taste
You will also need: oven, pan, hob, wooden spoon, square/rectangle ovenproof dish.
1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5. Melt the butter on a low heat.
2. Mix the melted butter with the rest of the ingredients and add pepper or other spices to taste.
3. Transfer the mixture to the ovenproof dish and press down with the wooden spoon.
4. Put in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (until the flapjack starts to brown).
5. Leave in the dish until the flapjack has cooled slightly, then upend it gently onto a wire rack to cool.
6. Cut into squares and attempt to not eat all at once.