Katrina Parsons - 01 Oct  2020

Halloween Baking:
Healthier Chocolate Cookies

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

This year I decided to get into the halloween spirit a little more, but in our own way. I am trying to be mindful of not buying decorations that will only be used for a few days before they are discarded into the rubbish, encouraging companies to keep making throw away items and being detrimental to our environment. 

That includes buying any dress ups and also any styling items that we used to shoot this content. We used only things we could use again or eat!

Also I wanted to make these recipes as easy and as healthy as possible. I don't mind Maeve having treats but I want them to not have loads of butter, refined sugars and other nasties. 

This is easily Maeve's favourite Halloween recipe this year! I think she has inherited my sweet tooth which is why I look to make food that is on the more healthy side. 

"This recipe contains no refined sugars, flours, butter, oils or salt"

Healthier Cookie Ingredients - Cooking with Kids

Palm Free Nut Butter - You should always try and use butters that are free from palm oil. "Palm oil is made from the fruits of trees called African oil palms. Palm oil production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world's deforestation between 1990 and 2008. This is because forests are burned to clear areas where people can grow oil palms - even if it's illegal.

Burning forests like this destroys the places where plants and wildlife live, meaning the area has less biodiversity.  Species like orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers can be affected.
Some also say that eating palm oil is not good for health, as it is high in saturated fat."*

Coconut Sugar - It contains electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, and sodium), a low-glycemic index, minerals, nitrogen, vitamin C, raw antioxidants, short-chain fatty acids, inulin, less sucrose than refined sugars and importantly no bone char from animals which some regular sugar has. **

SEEDS: We like adding these superfoods for added nutrition but these can be taken out.
Flax seeds - Flax seeds are tiny nutritional fireballs. They're packed with fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting lignans.
Chia seeds - Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, really rich in antioxidants, and they supply fibre, iron, and calcium.


* Source - What is palm oil and why is it thought to be bad?: BBC 
** Source - 10 Reasons to Switch to Coconut Sugar: PETA
: Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits 

Sensory Experience - Cooking with Kids

We are a boutique fashion label creating mum and daughter matching outfits, and we want to show you how baking with kids, and also cooking with kids can be fun and a great sensory experience for them.

Recipes for kids we think are perfect if  they can get involved and touch, feel and smell the ingredients.  

This recipe is really simple and easy to make using only 1 bowl but a few easy things that your little one can add in. Let them help mix it as well as roll up the little balls of dough.  

Maeve loves that she can hold a wooden spoon and mix, and also play with the dough. I am pretty sure that half the dough that she plays with gets eaten, but these are some of the best memories I have as a kid. It's such a happy moment for me to relive these experiences with Maeve and be making memories of our own.

Easy recipes for kids are the ones I keep going to again and again, and this isn't limited to just halloween! You can take the eyes off, add other decorations - think birthdays and Christmas too!

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits 
Cooking with Kids Cooking with Toddlers

- Let them feel each ingredient separately and explain what each one is
- Let them add each ingredient into the bowl and do some of the mixing as well. Just be careful not to let them mix too much as you don't want to overwork the dough.
- Let them help to roll the dough into balls and put onto the tray. When they have cooled down you can let them add the eyes onto them as well - this was Maeve's favourite part, she found it hilarious!

General Rules:
- Always have something on hand for them to play with. It will save lots of mess and frustration. E.g. measuring spoons, measuring jugs.
- I measure my ingredients before hand. I find Maeve enjoys the mixing parts most and gets bored (and therefore destructive) if she isn't getting involved.
- Please always take care when your kids are in the kitchen. We are only providing advice from a mum's point of view and you should never leave children around sharp objects or unattended. 

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

Recipe
Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - 

INGREDIENTS
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of nut butter
(see notes above for recommendation). In this recipe I used palm free crunchy peanut butter. 
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon flax seed
(optional)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 free range egg
(large)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (we like dark chocolate for a lower sugar content)
-
edible eyes

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 175°C (347°F) and prepare 2 baking trays with baking paper (I like to spray the baking tray a couple of times with oil. A trick I learnt from my grandmother to keep the paper in place!)
2. In a medium - large bowl add the nut butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer (hand held or kitchen aid) beat together on medium speed until combined (don't overbeat, 30 seconds tops!)
3. Add in the cocoa powder, baking soda and flax & chia seeds if using. Mix together, again only until just combined
4. Add the chocolate chips and mix together by hand. 
5. Roll into balls and place onto the prepared baking trays. I like to only press them down slightly, so that it keeps it's height and will be nice and soft to eat. 
6. Place into the oven and bake for 6 minutes - I know this doesn't sound long but it's the key to keeping them deliciously soft and having nice melted chocolate chips!!
7. Once they've cooled press eyes into them and eat/ freeze to enjoy later!
8. Enjoy and please tag us in any pictures - it really helps a small brand like mine! @me.and.maeve grace - plus it gives you a chance to be featured on our page!!!

We love to see and hear from all our mother daughter baking duos - tag us on Instagram @me.and.maevegrace to be featured with your creations!!
Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

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