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One of Jamie Oliver’s key message in his TED talk www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver about how to prevent obesity, is to teach your children how to cook. Having watched this talk over the weekend I was inspired to cook with my three year old.

One of Jamie Oliver’s key message in his TED talk www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver about how to prevent obesity, is to teach your children how to cook. Having watched this talk over the weekend I was inspired to cook with my three year old.

Baking without sugar – Carrot Stars Recipe

Having given up sugar for lent and my New Year’s resolution being to reduce my family’s sugar intake, I found it very hard to find a child friendly recipe which wasn’t a cake or biscuit.

After a good bit of research I found the following recipe for Carrot Stars

Ingredients

200g grated carrots (around 1½ packed cups)
½ cup water
70g grated cheddar cheese (1/2 cup)
2 eggs
4 tbsp oat flour

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4
  • Mixed the carrot and water in a bowl, cover and microwave on high for 3 mins
  • Drain the carrots and then place them on a clean cloth / absorbent paper and squeeze out the liquid. (You need to get the carrots quite dry)
  • Place the carrots back in the bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients
  • Prepare a baking tray with baking paper or use a silicon baking sheet
  • Form star shapes of the mixture onto the sheet using a cookie cutter. (Mine were around ½ cm thick)
  • Bake for approx. 13 mins (until crispy on the sides)

We had great fun getting messy mixing the ingredients and the final product was a great snack, though I would prefer a dollop of mustard to give them a bit more bite!

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Written by Esther Andrews, founder of Messy Hands Ltd.

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