Carrot and walnut slice

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Are you looking for ways to sneak more fruit and vegetables into your cooking?

When my son started eating solid foods, he would pretty much eat anything I gave him. I relished in this and spent so much time making him a huge variety of different foods and flavours. All using the Thermomix of course!

Then enter the fussy phase and the word ‘no’. Any parent who has been through this or is still going through it can sympathise. You might even have an adult in your home that still behaves like this!

So I started to become creative with my cooking to try and hide as many nutritious foods in what he would eat. This is despite a nagging voice in my head telling me not to because then he would never learn to eat it. I still ignore this nagging voice. He sees the green and the vegetables in things. Some days he eats them and some days he doesn’t.

I’ve never deprived him of homemade baked goods. I figure if I know exactly what has gone into it and I’ve used organic wholefoods with no refined sugar what is the problem? All in moderation of course.

Generations before us lived long and healthy lives with these basic ingredients. They didn’t have all the processed foods we do today with the hidden¬†refined sugar in absolutely everything. Why do savoury crackers and tomato sauce need added sugar?

I’m always on the look out for new recipes. This one gave me an opportunity to tweak it a bit to include not only carrot but apple. This meant I could also cut down the added sweetener.

Its not overly¬†sweet but it’s enough for our tastebuds. If you wanted it a bit sweeter you could always use honey instead of rice malt syrup or put some icing of your choice on top!

Oh and my son’s fussy eating. We are mostly over that stage. Well except for green vegetables on their own. I still have to hide them.

Happy baking!

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Carrot and walnut slice
A wholefoods slice packed with nutrients that the whole family can enjoy
Course Sweet treats
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Sweet treats
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Add carrots, apple, oats, flour, rice malt syrup, coconut oil, coconut, chia seeds, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon to bowl. Mix 20 seconds/Speed 6.
  3. If using, add walnuts to bowl. Mix 5 seconds/Speed 4.
  4. If using, add sultanas to bowl. Mix 5 seconds/Speed 3/reverse.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased slice tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until top is browned.
  6. Cool before cutting into squares.
  7. Store in fridge.
Recipe Notes

If you want this a little sweeter you could use honey instead of rice malt syrup.

I reduced the amount of sweetener form the original recipe as I added the apple but you could increase if its not enough for your tastebuds.

You can use olive oil instead of coconut oil if you don't have any.

I use my gluten free self raising flour mix but normal self raising flour will work too.

Adapted from Twins and a Blog

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