One of the biggest worries that new parents face is what to feed their growing babies. I still remember when my girls were babies and I was trying to decide what foods to feed them. Advice from neighbors, friends and family members was plentiful, but all of their suggestions seemed either too difficult or too unhealthy for my family.
So I was pretty happy when I was sent a copy of "Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers" by Anni Daulter to review. The book offers page after page of simple, healthy meal ideas for little ones, with a variety — ranging from chocolate tofu pops to Teriyaki chicken sushi rolls to peach and dried apricot baby food. Daulter even includes a recipe for Baby Turns 1 No Sugar Birthday Cake.
Described as a cookbook with a conscience, "Organically Raised" guides parents through the ins and outs of cooking flavorful meals that are jam-packed with nutrition.
Here's a recipe from the book for Old-fashioned Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Agave Syrup
1 cup cleaned blueberries
¼ cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons flax meal (you can use blueberry flavored flax)
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch of salt
2 cups organic buttermilk
2 large eggs or 3 small eggs (lightly beaten)
2 tablespoons melted butter
Cooking steps for the Agave Syrup:
Take about half of the basket of fresh blueberries, agave, and water and cook in a saucepan over medium heat around 5 min., until the blueberries start to become soft and breakdown into the mixture.
Pour the mixture into a strainer and push through the juice, leaving behind the blueberry skins.
Add the rest of the fresh blueberries into the syrup mixture, cover and set aside to keep warm.
*NOTE: You can try this syrup recipe with other favorite fruits of yours, it is especially tasty with fresh berries.
Cooking steps for the pancakes:
- Blend together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a big bowl.
- Whisk together the eggs in a separate bowl.
- Add buttermilk and melted butter to the egg mixture.
- Combine the dry and wet ingredients together.
- Whisk together the ingredients, leaving it a little lumpy.
- In a heated skillet, melt butter.
- Pour batter to make pancake 4 inches round.
- When the pancake starts to bubble up a little bit, flip your pancake. Be careful not to flip too soon, as you will just create a big batter mess.
- Serve warm with the blueberry syrup.
Check out Daulter's blog at Conscious Family for more info.