As I type, I’ve 2 sets of fresh baked goods cooling in the kitchen. Trail mix bars, and yogurt & raisin cupcakes. Both are Annabel Karmel recipes. Poor Dominic hasn’t been well the last couple of days and I thought I’d make a treat for him. The trail mix bars I had admired when a colleague had them in work. He admitted to me that his daughter (same age as Dom) wasn’t actually getting any, but that him and his wife love them. I’m inclined to feel the same – there’s Cheerios in them, oft lauded as a good toddler snack, but I find them too sweet to eat for breakfast so if they’re too sweet for me, then they’re too sweet for Dominic. I think I could probably find plain ones in a health food shop though, which would work.
There’s honey which I’m okay with now he’s 16 months, but then lots of added sugar also. She also suggests salted peanuts and chocolate chips as an ingredient – I stuck to seeds & dried fruit. Even with that, these ones are strictly for parents. I’d love a nice muesli bar recipe that was a bit more genuinely toddler friendly – anyone know of any, with no cheerios or copious amounts of added sugar? They seem like they’d be good for his creche lunchbox, which might be getting a bit boring.
Secondly I have the yogurt & raisin cupcakes cooling. Actually, I’m lying, I just tasted the model one from the photo, it’s cool and it’s flippin lovely. They’re from the Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner, but I can’t find the full recipe online. They have ground almonds which I love for keeping cakes moist, and 150ml of natural yogurt. These are relatively plain and don’t taste over sweet for their 175g sugar and would be good for a special treat
I’d love to know how you can successfully substitute for refined sugar in cake/bun recipes, even partly at least. Anyone?