We love avocado brownies!
But avocado…not so much. I’ve had to think of some really creative ways to make my son try it. One of the ways was to put it in something fun like these avocado brownies and have him help me bake them. That way he can see the green goodness going in and not feel intimidated to try it. I do try and offer these kinds of foods in their ‘real’ state too so that he gets the chance to try them. So much of our healthy food attitudes come from healthy relationships with lots of different kinds of foods. This brownie recipe contains dark chocolate which (yes) does contain sugar but, when you divide the amount of sugar in the mix into 20 little squares, they are definitely way lower in sugar than shop bought brownies!
I mention in the recipe that if you are using a very dark chocolate in the avocado brownies then you may need to add a little maple syrup. Your call there – if you want them to be super indulgent then add it in. If you don’t want the extra sugar, then leave it out. They will still be super squishy, delicious and chocolatey! If you are looking for a chocolatey recipe for babies under 1 – how about my avocado pudding?
On to that recipe…this is definitely a recipe you can make and eat together. Perfect for rainy days or a bit of Sunday fun!
My top tip, which I always mention when baking with little ones is to have at least some of the ingredients measured ready to go before you begin. With older kids you want them to be helping with the measuring but actually, with kids under 3 (IMO) you want to be focusing on the building of motor skills through pouring, stirring and patting the mix and language acquisition through naming the ingredients and the processes (pat it, mix it, stir it, pour it etc).
So, thinking about those learning experiences from baking avocado brownies…
Making these together supports the following:
- motor skills (fine motor skills are the smaller precise movements your kid needs to be able to do things like write later)
- language (you can focus on position and direction e.g. put the flour inside the bowl, put the spoon down next to the bowl…your kid’s teacher will thank for this when they are older!)
- Counting (the squares of yummy chocolate that make it into the mix…)
- Naming objects and ingredients
- Processes (i.e. if I put the mix in the oven it makes a cake)
- Turn taking (my turn, your turn)
- Nutrition (we are making treats, treats are for sometimes)
- Colours – (what colour is the avocado?)
Plus…you are making a yummy snack, with hidden goodness, that freezes beautifully. Handy for “gah, I’ve got no time to cook this week” weeks. Pretty much win-win.
So nooo excuses…right?
I’ve made these for summer and grilled marshmallows on the top. Soooo yummy and ace for feeding a big group. Let me know if you give them a go. Pin them for later just here…