Bella's Buddha Bowl
Any left over roasted veggies are a great little meal with a few extras:
1/2 Roasted Pumpkin
Handful of wilted spinach
Roasted betroot (grated)
Crumbles of feta
A few mint leaves
Favourite seeds (we used sunflower)
Method Super easy mama's- Mix your wilted spinach with pumpkin, layer with grated betroot, sprinkle your feta, mint and seeds!
Presto, perfect little bowl of tricolore happiness!
Pink overnight oats.This is a great breakfast, dessert or snack for little people & adults!
Handful of berries (strawberries,raspberries, blueberries)
1/2 Cup (Coconut Milk-I used homemade otherwise RUDE HEALTH is the business too)
Splash of fresh apple juice (I juiced 1/2 an apple)
Handful of GF Oats
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
Blend berries with coconutmilk, apple juice, oats & seeds. Leave overnight to soak up (or if you just cant wait, a minimum of an hour)
Stir in a dessert spoon of organic natural yoghurt or coconut yoghurt. Chop a couple of strawberries to dress, toasted desiccated coconut, chia seeds and sprinklings of fresh mint
NOTE: Babies & Toddlers that have immature immune systems can be sensitive to strawberries. Strawberry allergies can cause mild to severe reactions. Always check with your doc. I introduced a small amount of strawberries to Bella when she was 10 months over 4 days and saw no reactions.
Nice Cream, You Scream, We Nice Scream!
Spinach & sweet cinnamon nice cream topped with Ally's Kitchen Stories pecan granola, desiccated coconut & freeze dried raspberry sprinkles.
This is a wonderfully quick recipe to whizz up for an afternoon snack or cool down treat after school (after lunch of course!)
Handful of spinach
1 Ripe frozen banana (peel & slice before freezing)
A Scoop of Ally's Kitchen Stories Pecan Granola
A Pinch of cinnamon
Simply blend the spinach leaves, ripe frozen banana & pinch of cinnamon. Dress with pretty toppings and ENJOY!
Introducing Bella's favourite ABC Bites. These little healthy nunbers are a perfect afternoon pram ride snack. Bella started eating these beautiesin her pram from 11 months.
1/2 Cup GF Oats
1 Coconut (scooped out), blended with 1/2 cup warm water to make your coconut milk
Sprinkling of Cinammon (1tsp)
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1 Squishy Ripe Banana
1 Ripe Avocado
1 Large tbsp Coconut Oil
Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
The super easy bit... Just add all the above ingredients in a bowl. Put your mix on a tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove and cool on a rack and slice. Prepare treats for pram ride fun!!! Made with nothing but love and goodness.
Passion Fruit 'Pina Colada' Bebe Style
Smoothie bowls are the business, easy to prepare, great for your bebe's health & mama can have a bowl for herself too! Win Win Win! It's all about being savy with your mama time, because we all know how cray it gets with our awesome little people.
Ingredients: (For 2 Bowls Mama & Baby Bear)
1 Banana (Preferably a little ripe and squidge)
1 Passion Fruit (Scraped out)
2 Rings of Fresh Pineapple (I froze myn the night before)
1 Tbsp Flax Meal
1 Tbsp Sunflower Seeds (I whizz sunflower seeds in my blender to dust)
1/2 Cup Homemade coconut milk (You can buy Organic tinned if coco's are hard to find, my top brand of organic products is BIONA)
Sprinke of sesame
Nice and easy, whizz up all your ingredients for a couple of minutes (120 seconds... so much can be achieved in that time, like a dip in and out the shower and possibly a hair comb'. Or a nappy change.. its all about ticking the boxes as a super mama every day!
Pour your smoothie into a bowl and enjoy with your mini! .
Hearty Club Sandwichhhh
A couple of slices of homemade buckwheat bread (recipe under the baby food section)
1/2 Ripe Avo
A pinch of feta cheese (It muse be Greek!)
A few spinach leaves
A few thinly sliced cucumbers
Finely chopped mint (just a few leaves because bebe's love pretty food too!)
I used a cookie cutter to cut out a heart out of my bread. Mash your avo and sprinkle in a little mint. Add a scraping of avo on your bread top and bottom, layer with spinach, cucumber, feta and avo. Topped with a sprinking of more mint.
I served the sandwich with side of locally grown mini apricots to wash down all the green goodness.
Voila, a super healthy pretty love heart club sandwich.
P.S. The heart sandwich is quite filling for a little tum tum so we shared!!!
Healthy Green Coco Bowls (For Mama and Her little bebe)
This is a seriously scrummy morning breakfast that is guaranteed to start you and your bebe's day right! Packed with layers of loveliness and yummyness.
Frozen Banana ( I peeled, chopped and froze a banana the night before)
1 Green Apple
A few twigs of mint
1 tsp Flax Meal
1 tsp Ground Sunflower Seeds
A Pinch of Cinammon
1 Tsp Chia Seeds
Obligatory Raspberry for prettyness
Crack your coconut, enjoy the water and yummy flesh. One spoon and one slurp each for mama and bebe. Make it fun! Grab your frozen banana and whizz with cinammon, flaxmeal and sunflower seeds. Put your nana icecream to the side (we dont want it to be too frozen, bebe's dont like brain freeze!).
Juice your greens, pear, apple, cucumber & mint. Put to the side.
Add your first layer of nana ice cream in the bottom of your coconut bowls, pour your super green juice on top and drizzle with chia seeds and raspberry.
Enjoy a slurp and straw suck together, preferably in the sun somewhere.
P.S. Did you know that coconut bowls are known as gratitude bowls! As a product of nature nobody in the world will have a bowl the same as yours!
Healthy Energy Bars
You can’t beat how easy, healthy, and simple these energy bars are. Packed with a whole lot of goodies and no nasties that are super kind to little tummy’s. Incredibly easy to make and perfect for mid morning, mid afternoon, mid anything snack to keep your little people healthy and happy too!
2 Cups Mejdool Dates (Bateel are my top choice of dates!)
1 Cup Raw Coconut (or dessicated if it is hard to fine freshly grated coconut)
1 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
Mulberry’s To Dress Your Bar (Optional)
Super easy, mix all ingredients together in an S shaped blender for approximately 2-3 minutes or until your mix forms into a big sticky ball.
Place your slab of gooey onto a baking tray which is covered with grease proof paper. Using clean hands spread the mix so that you have an approximate ½ inch thickness all round. Place in the fridge to cool overnight. Chop into little bars that are nice and easy to hold for little hands.
These are the perfect bars that are super kind to baby & toddler tummy's. So healthy and last for weeks in the fridge.
Apple & Fig Muffins
This is a must try recipe for bebe led weaning. Making healthy and wholesome muffins from scratch is a great way to teach little people to love new types of flavours, textures & to enjoy real “treat” foods goes a long way in helping to prevent a love affair with overly-processed foods. These mini muffins make great finger foods for bebe's over 8 months old; they can pull apart easily, offer a new texture and guaranteed to shhhhh your little angels/terrors..AND you wont even know that they are Gluten, Dairy & Sugar Free!
2 Cups Ground Almonds
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour (Or Buckwheat/Coconut Flour)
1/2 Desiccated Coconut
1 Tsp Cinammon
1 Tsp Chia Seeds
1 Cup Almond Milk
2 Happy Organic Eggs
100g Coconut Oil
1 Red Apple (cut into mini cubes)
1 Fig (cut into mini cubes)
1 Ripe Banana (smashed)
Preheat your oven to 180c and grease your muffin tray with coconut oil. In a large bowl combine your ground almonds, flour, coconut and cinnammon. In a small pot melt the coconut oil and add the mashed banana. Whisk eggs and almond milk together and fold through the dry mixture, then add the chopped apples and figs through.You should have all your ingredients in one bowl now.
Scoop spoonfuls of the muffin batter into your muffin tray and dress the tops with figs.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes (if you decide to make bigger muffins bake for 30-40 minutes).
Serve, warm or cool to your happy little customer!
Olive Oil Teething Biscuits
If you’re the parent of a teething baby or toddler,
these healthy homemade teething biscuits are your new best friend.
One of the first things I learned as a new parent was that there are a LOT of good ways to feed your child. Every child is different, and has his or her own needs, likes, wants, and preferences. Bella, for instance, loved purees and, after very little reluctance, started solids and finger foods when the time was right.
2 cup – oats, dry
1 medium – banana
2 tablespoon – Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with baking paper.
In a blender (or food processor), blend the oats into a very fine powder. (A blender will work best for this job, but a food processor will also work)
Add banana, olive oil and cinnammon to the blender and puree until mixture comes together in a dough.
If the dough is very sticky to handle, you can pat a little flour (gluten free or wheat flour) onto the exterior of the ball to make it easier to handle. If the dough is too dry, you can add a little additional olive oil.
Divide the dough into 12 balls or sections. Pat out each ball into a little batons. Round the edges of each baton with your fingers so there are no sharp edges. I used cookie cutters to make the biscuits fun for Bella.
Place evenly on a baking sheet so that none of the shapes are touching. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip and cook another 5-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the centers are set but not too crunchy.
Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or the freezer.
Time for your bebe to enjoy and you too!!!!
Mango & Orange Bircher
Bebe Bella's palate is exploring all sorts of exoticness and this bowl is a perfect fast breaker for babies from age 8 months.
1 Cup Oats (GF)
1 Tbsp Juice from an orange
1/2 Grated Green Apple
A Squishy ripe mango smashed with a fork
1 Tbsp Raisins
A dollop of coconut yoghurt
Super easy, mix all the ingredients above and chill overnight so all the goodies soak in well. I served our bowl cool & dressed it with crushed pumpkin seeds! Both mama & Bebe enjoyed a spoonful each in the garden listening to all the birdies and the bee's.
Orangetastic Ginger Juice
Once your bebe is in full weaning mode, a great way to get extra nutrients into their body is little shots of juice. Bella started juicing at 9 months. Introducing cucumber, apple, pear, spinach at first and then gradually adding more of the pro veggies once her digestive system was built up. I usually make a small beaker for Bella and anything left over for me. We like to clink clink cheers our cups which makes Bella feel really good!
1 Orange (Squeezed)
1 Medium Carrot
A Small Knob of Ginger (Size of your thumb)
1 Tbsp Raisins
A Pinch Of Turmeric
Guaranteed Happy Customer
Creamy Coconut,Mango & Lime Lollies
Whether you are nearly 1 (Like Bella) or 101 your always the perfect age to enjoy an ice lolly!! Creamy coconut, mango & lime lollies, a refreshing explosion of flavour against any heat!!
Super simple, incredibly tasty and much healthier than the shop bought ones that are usually filled with artificial colours and flavours. Bebe friendly and great for soothing sore gummies.
2 Juicy Mangoes
1 Coconut (scooped out) *If fresh coconuts are hard to find you can sub it out for coconut milk by BIONA
2 Limes Squeezed (1 grated)
Whizz your raw coconut shreds into milk and add add your smashed manoges, lime juice & rind. Blitz for 30 seconds and pour into your lolly moulds and FREEZE. Enjoy your lollies preferably outside with your bambino/bambina!
Bebe Bear Porridge
Bella rates this 10/10 so we had to share!
1/4 Cup Oats
1/4 Cup Almond Milk or 1/4 cup filtered water
1/2 banana mashed
1/2 fig mashed
A couple of fresh dates
1 tsp Flaxmeal
Pinch of cinammon.
Method: Stir oats with almond milk or water for 5 minutes until your porridge thickens. Add your mashed banana, fig, dates, flax & Cinammon.
Pour into a bowl (we used a coconut) & dress with figs and banana.
Guaranteed one happy bebe bear!
Beetroot Millet Risotto
This recipe is totally worth all the chopping, grating, whizzing & can be frozen too!
2x Beetroots (finely grated)
1 Cup Millet
3 Garlic Cloves (Finely Diced)
1 Veg Stock ( I use Kallo Organic Low Salt)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Homemade Pesto (basil, almonds, olive oil, parmesan)
A little black pepper
Heat a splash of olive oil, cider vinegar, veg stock & diced garlic in a pan & add the finely chopped celery. Add millet & toast a little in the pan before adding boiling water (2 1/2 cups) .
Add your grated beets, in the pan and cover. Cook on a medium heat for approx 30 minutes. Make sure you stir every 5-10 minutes & add more water if needed. Stir in fresh thyme & pesto. Serve with crumbled feta & 🍋 zest
Quick N Easy Courgetti
Protein packed goodness and so easy to make.
1 Medium courgette
A bunch of spinach
Fresh mint leaves
Sprinkle of pistachio & pumpkin seeds
A little black pepper
Squueze of lime
Wash courgette and spiralise. Cook your courgetti strings in coconut oil over a medium heat until soft. Add fresh spinach and turn off heat as soon as the spinach has wilted.
Blend avocado, mint, pumpkin seeds, lime & black pepper.
I chopped the courgetti with scissors once it cooled down (Bella has only got 4 teeth at 15 months so there isnt enough cutting action at the moment)
Add a scoop of courgetti and a blob of avo mint cream and sprinkle with pistachio!
NOTE: Omit nuts if your little customer has an allergy!
Mousey Smoothie Bowl
A great way to start getting creative with your little customers in the kitchen.
Papaya's are just the BEST, they are very gentle but powerful in their healing action
Ingredients: (Enough for mama and bebe)
1/2 Ripe Papaya
1/2 Ripe Avocado
1/2 fig mashed
1/2 Ripe Banana
Method: Whizz all ingredients above in a blender. Dress your bowl with leftover fruit. Today we created a little mouse and read the amazing book, The Town Mouse & The Country Mouse