This post launches a new series on the Eats Amazing blog; ‘Cooking with Small Child‘. I’ve tried to involve Small Child with the cooking pretty much since he was big enough to sit up to the kitchen counter with me and stick his (clean!) hands in the food, and he has progressed from pulling the seeds from bell peppers to weighing and measuring ingredients and peeling carrots. Recently he has been choosing recipes from a couple of our favourite children’s cook books and we’ve been making them together, so I decided it was time to challenge him to the next step – reading and following a recipe all by himself.
I found an amazingly simple recipe for two ingredient cookies from The Burlap Bag, adapted it to suit what we had in the cupboards and typed it up as simply as I could so that Small Child could have a good attempt at reading it himself. I’ve attached a PDF copy of the recipe at the end of this post for you to print out if you would like to try challenging your own ‘Small Child’ to give it a go. I’ve also outlined the recipe below, feel free to adapt it to suit your needs as I have; the original recipe that I’ve linked to above has some great suggestions for different ingredient mixes you could try.
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 80g Oats
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 20g Desiccated Coconut
- 20g Chocolate Chips (we used dairy free Dark Chocolate)
Oil a baking tray. Heat the oven to 180°C (Gas mark 4/350°F). Peel the bananas, put them in a bowl and mash them up with a fork (after a bit of experimenting we found that a potato masher was a bit easier for small hands, as well as more fun!).
Mix in the oats, cinnamon, coconut and chocolate chips until you have a rough dough-like mixture.
Scoop up balls of the mixture with a spoon and drop them onto the baking tray. Flatten them with the back of a fork to make cookie shapes. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
Small Child was extremely proud of his first unaided (pretty much) cooking attempt. Apart from a tiny bit of help with reading the recipe and putting the cookies in and out of the oven he did the everything by himself. The final results may have looked a little wonky but they tasted great, and Small Child proudly offered them around, telling us that he was giving us some love with them because ‘I put some put some of my love in the cookies when I made them’. That brought a little tear to my eye, I must admit!
If you’d like to print off a child-friendly copy of this recipe for yourself, click on the link below to download the PDF file. I hope it works!
I’m off to find some more easy recipes for Small Child’s next cooking challenge, as he enjoyed this one so much. I hope I can find a good mixture of savoury and sweet recipes, do comment if you have any suggestions.