These pumpkin and apple slices are a great way to get extra veg in to your child’s (and your own) diet.

Since becoming a mum I’ve been exploring ways to get more veg into children without them realising it’s there! I’m fortunate that my little girl is very good at eating healthily, however I’m very conscious that this might not last forever. So whilst I’m making the most of it, I’m also including hidden veg so when the day comes when she gets more fussy I hopefully have a head start. So far these pumpkin and apple slices have been going down a treat, she loves them!

I’m also a big advocate for not giving children unnecessary sugar and whilst I’ve gone as far as keeping my daughter completely added sugar-free for 2 years, I don’t expect everyone else to. Whilst keeping her diet sugar-free I don’t want her to feel like she is missing out, so I often make her sugar-free cakes.

Now that she is getting older, I am starting to relax my take on sugar because I don’t want her to grow up thinking that she needs to restrict certain foods and in turn create a child who secretly binges. So, these pumpkin and apple slices are a great next step as they only have 2 tablespoons of maple syrup in the whole cake.

Recipe adaptations

These pumpkin and apple slices are dairy-free and made without any added fat and can easily be made vegan by replacing the egg with 1 small mashed banana. If you don’t have access to pumpkin, then they work equally well with butternut squash instead.

Nutrients

Pumpkins are good to keep your heart healthy, keep your cholesterol down and keep your vision tiptop. They are packed full of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A and C, antioxidants and potassium.

Ingredients:

  • 170g grated raw pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 120g apple sauce (I leave the skin on, remove the core, chop and stew apples with a bit of water)
  • 2tbsp maple syrup
  • 115g self raising flour
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • 60g coconut
  • 60g raisins

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to Gas mark 5/190degrees
  2. Grease a 7” square tin, I use a silicone one so it doesn’t need greasing
  3. Whisk the apple and honey together in a food mixer.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well
  5. Spoon into the tin and bake for 40mins

If you liked this recipe why not check out more of my healthy toddler snacks

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