12m +, Breakfast, Gluten Free, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Apple Oat Muffins

  • 12m+
  • Nut Free
  • Lunchbox Idea
  • Freezable
  • Vegeterian

These muffins are snack heaven. They are low in sugar, and super easy to make. I recently whipped up a batch for The Monsters playdate and they went down a treat with all the little ones. I make them in regular sized cupcake tins but you could make mini ones as well, just reduced the cooking time by 5 minutes. They are also fab in lunchboxes as they don’t contain any nuts. They keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup full fat milk
  • 2 cups of quick cook oats
  • 1 pouch apple puree
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (you can reduce if desired)
  • 1/2 peeled chopped apple
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Here is where it gets really simple. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. 

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined. Split the mix evenly into paper cupcake cakes and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and cupcake tray and allow to cool before serving.
Enjoy

Em xx

6m +, Breakfast, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Savory, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Review – Book Munch Cafe


4 out of 5

  • Food: 4/5
  • Entertainment for kids: 3/5
  • Facilities: 3/5
  • Discounts: Emirates Platinum

So I have been promising you all that I will start doing reviews for ages now, and this week I’ve finally got around to it…yay! 

The Monster,  the best friend and I visited the Al Wasl branch (they also have one in Business Bay)  of Book Munch for lunch. It was the first time I have been here and I have to say that the fact it marries two of my favorite things (food and books) was a good selling point for me. 

Parking is available at the rear of the building, it’s RTA parking so not expensive at all. As soon as we approached the door we were greeting with a big smile and help with the pram,  always a good start. The cafe was pretty quite so we had plenty of space but I would see it being a squeeze if there were a few people with prams there. Then first thing I noticed when I went in was the kids book den (which also has a box of jigsaws). Bright,  cosy and with a wide selection of books in English and Arabic. The Monster wasn’t impressed at having to leave it when it was time to eat. 

The highchair for The Monster was brought to the table quickly and was clean. The kids menu had plenty of choice and most importantly for me included a good section of healthy choices and not processed fried foods. The Monster had breaded fish with mash and cherry tomatoes. It was all made fresh and the fact he demolished a good three quarters of it shows that it also tasted good. 

As for the grown ups,  I had the sweet potato poutine. It was a generous portion and tasted great,  so good The Monster stole some of it too. My friend had the steak sandwich which was massive! It looked pretty impressive and she really enjoyed it,  the down side was she then had no room left for dessert…. Oh well guess that’s down to me. Sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream and salted caramel sauce. I have eaten my fair share of sticky toffee pudding in my time and I would defiantly put this up in the top 5, so good,  I’m actually drooling just remembering it hahaha. Oh and we washed it all down with homemade ice teas, berry and lemon. Neither was sweetened a per our request and they were really delicious however the lemon one was very lemony,  which was a hit with m friend but some people may find it a bit over powering. 

So after a lovely lunch,  a kids reading nook and friendly staff why did it not make the 5/5 mark? Quite simply,  the bathrooms. While clean you do have to leave the cafe to access them, first getting an access code from staff. There is a changing table in the disabled toilet and it was spotless but it is a downside.

Overall I would definatly go back, I loved the friendly feel of the place and the food was fab.

Enjoy

Em xx

12m +, Breakfast, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Vegetarian

Honey and Oat Waffles

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  • 12 m+
  • Can be frozen
  • Vegetarian
  • Nut Free

These healthy waffles are super simple to make and one of the best things about them (apart from the awesome taste of course) is that you can freeze them and then just whack them in the toaster whenever you need one, how convenient is that? They have recently become one of my freezer staples as The Monster loves dipping them in pure peanut butter, but they are great plain or with anything your little one likes.

This recipe makes 6 standard size waffles. I use the Kenwood 3 in 1 toasted sandwich maker for my waffles, if you don’t have a machine already I highly recommend it. it has attachments for waffles, panini’s and old skool style sealed toasties.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 egg

Method

Put the waffle machine on to heat up.

Place all the ingredients in to a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. I use a stand mixer, but a hand mixer or wooden spoon will work just as well. Once combined use a ladle to pour onto the waffle iron, close and allow to cook until golden brown.

To re-heat just pop into the toaster until warmed through.

Enjoy

Em xx

8m +, Breakfast, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lunchbox Idea, Savory, Vegetarian

Blueberry and Coconut Bliss Balls

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  • 8m+
  • Vegetarian
  • Egg Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Diary Free
  • Lunchbox Idea

 

I can never have too many snacks in the house for The Monster. The more mobile he becomes the more energy he burns and the more he eats…seriously how does someone so small eat so much???

These Bliss Balls are fab because I can make a batch and pop them in the freezer. They defrost in about 30 mins and are packed with goodness. They’re great size for little hands. and ideal for a picnic.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil.

Method:

Drop all the ingredients into a food processor (or use a bowl and hand blender if you don’t have a processor) and blitz into a lumpy paste. Divide and roll between your hands to form golf ball sized balls. lay on a tray and place in the fridge to set for at least 2 hrs.

If freezing wrap individually in baking paper before popping in a freezer bag to prevent them sticking.

 

Enjoy

Em xx

 

 

 

 

8m +, Breakfast, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Savory, Veggie

Chickpea Patties

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  • 8m +
  • Nut Free
  • Can be frozen
  • Vegetarian
  • Lunchbox Idea

These Chickpea Patties rock! They’re great for lunches, fab for breakfast topped with an egg, or served in a bap as a burger for dinner. Little hands can easily eat these themselves and bigger hands enjoy then just as much. They freeze really well and keep in the fridge for 3 days. I cook them in coconut oil as both The Monster and I enjoy the flavour but feel free to use which ever oil you prefer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas drained
    1 small sweet potato grated
    1/2 medium onion
    1/4 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    1 teaspoon dried parsley
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    3 tablespoons wholemeal flour (for coating)

Method:

Pop everything except the flour in to a food processor (if you don’t have one a mixing bowl and a hand blender also do the job). Blitz until you have a coarse paste. put the flour into a shallow dish. Form the chickpea mix in to patties, whatever size you like. Coat in flour and shallow fry for 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

If freezing wrap individually in baking parchment before hand to prevent them sticking together.

 

Enjoy

Em xx