I am very blessed to have a Thermomix and count it in the list of items to grab if my house is on fire (along with my child, husband, G-Star leather jacket and 2 Silver Physie Cups).
For those of you who haven’t heard of a Thermomix, they are an amazing food processor that also heats/cooks, and having it has changed my approach to food. Cooking has gone from something that I absolutely LOATH to something that I, no kidding, LOVE doing. For parents that are working full-time, they are a huge time saver, without scrimping on nutrition.
Anyway, I got creative in the kitchen recently as I have a 2 year old that I struggle to find a healthy breakfast for. I wanted something that was nutritional, dairy free (he’s allergic) and mess free as I really don’t enjoy finding mushed raisin on my sofa when I finally get to sit down at 8pm. I’ve tried different cereals & overnight oats but he either flat refused to eat them or tired of them quickly AND made a massive mess while I blow-dry my hair in the mornings.
So I created a ‘Breakfast Bickies’ recipe. These have some sugar, as lets face it, kids aren’t going to eat them if they don’t, and they’re also sweetened with some honey & vanilla essence. They also contain some great, nutritional ingredients such as chia seeds and pepitas (fancy word for pumpkin seeds).
Pepitas have a good amount of zinc, which is great for your kids immune system and chia seeds are considered a ‘super food’, containing Dietary fibre, Protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and calcium, a lot for such a tiny little seed! As a bonus these Breakfast Bickies are also egg and nut free, as sometimes, on those mornings that go really south, we turn up at daycare, bickie in hand, and they have a strict ‘no egg, no nuts’ rule.
My 2 year old loves these and even asks for one when he gets home in the afternoon. He’s been eating them for a solid 4 months with no sign of being bored of them, and the biggest bonus is that they’re relatively mess-free. So I thought I’d share my recipe here for all you busy working parents, as we all know that getting out of the house in the morning on time can be one of our biggest challenges of the day! See recipe below, with notes for those lucky-ducks with a Thermomix, and those without.
30g soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
30g spelt flour
50g rice puffs/bubbles
20g pumpkin seeds
2 TBSP chia seeds soaked in 6 TBSP water for 15 mins
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
½ TBSP coconut oil
1 TBSP honey
Method – version with and without a Thermomix
Soak 2 TBSP chia seeds in 6 TBSP water for 10 mins
Add 30g butter & 30g brown sugar to TMX bowl
With Thermomix – 2 mins / 98 / speed 2
Without Thermomix – Melt on stove and tip into blender / food processor
Add 1 tsp vanilla, 125g oats, 125g raisins, 30g spelt flour, 50g rice puffs/bubbles, 20g pumpkin seeds, 50g coconut,½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, ½ tsp salt, soaked chia seeds, ½ TBSP coconut oil & a dessert spoon honey
With Thermomix – 25 sec / soft REVERSE
Without Thermomix – Mix in food processor on low
Add 15g coconut milk
With Thermomix – Turbo pulse for 1 sec a few times until mixture is combined well and isn’t crumbly
Without Thermomix – Mix on high for short pulses/bursts until mixture is combined well and isn’t crumbly
Finally, tip into square baking dish and compact gently but firmly – I use a potato masher to press it down.
Bake in an oven pre-heated to 170°C / 300°F for 13 minutes, check, cook another 2 mins if not slightly golden
It will be soft but will harden as they cool.
Tip onto a chopping board and slice into 16 squares (slice down the middle both ways, then half again both ways)
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