As Eloise is sort of walking (she still demands you hold her hand a lot) I reckon she may now be officially classed as a toddler. Since turning 1, the past few months have seen an explosion of development, particularly with her language skills. She’s a very early talker (so was her Dad) to the point where I can have conversations with her, where she will give me a one or two word reply, or nodding/shaking of her head. Her comprehension scares me, even when I think she’s not listening – trust me, those little ears are listening and they definitely get the gist of whatever is being talked about.
Since hitting 15 months the dreaded food pickiness has started to appear. Up until now Eloise was a good eater. She didn’t eat much, but like most babies she would take pretty much whatever was on offer. But now she has matured, thank you very much Mummy, she definitely lets us know what she wants to eat. It’s often not what is in front of her. In fact, I suspect if she could prepare her own meals, she would live on peas and yoghurt. Possibly even mixed up together.
I try not to make a big deal about her refusal of food, nor do I run about making something else she prefers instead. That way lies madness. Eloise still eats a reasonable variety of foods – particularly fruit and vegetables. She’s also in the 91st percentile for weight (also for height, we hope we are raising a future basketballer) so she’s definitely not starving herself! With sugary foods D and I have adopted an ‘okay in moderation approach’. I simply just don’t fancy being one of those Mums who comes along to every party with a baggie of food for her kids, as they aren’t allowed to eat the party food. Eloise doesn’t get sweet stuff very often, but she isn’t on the party circuit…yet. That bridge will be crossed soon enough I suspect.
Like all kids, Eloise prefers sweet things. Fortunately most of her playgroups are pretty good about encouraging healthy snacking, so her morning teas tend to involve crackers and fruit, and maybe a wafer biscuit (cookie for my American readers) on the old occasion. Water is given instead of juice. It’s really great to not have to worry about this as we go to playgroups 3 or 4 times a week. The PARENTS on the hand are always offered chocolate biscuits. I can only recall once being offered anything savoury for morning tea at a playgroup, so I dodge chocolate biscuits, muffins and cake on an almost daily basis. I get weird looks if I nick a piece of fruit that has been left untouched by the kids.
Eloise is all kinds of crazy about banana (‘Na-Na!’) and these pikelets go down a treat with her. (Pikelets are also known as drop scones, by the way.) This is not an earth shattering recipe, but these pikelets are easy and quick to make, and most kids gobble them up pretty quick – especially if smeared with butter.
I’ve adapted a traditional pikelet recipe and subbed out 1/4 C Sugar for mashed banana. Simple.
Sugar Free Banana Pikelets (makes 8-10)
- 1 C plain flour
- 1 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 egg
- 1/4 C mashed banana
- 3/4 C milk
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. In another bowl beat egg and banana until well mixed. Add this, along with the milk to the sifted ingredients. Mix until just combined (they can go rubbery if you overmix). Drop a tablespoon full of mixture onto a hot, non-stick pan. Turn pikelet over when bubbles start to burst on the top surface. Cook the second side until golden.
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