Feeding little tummies book review, recipe and giveaway

nz_eco_homesteadNicola Galloway saw my post on organizing my cookbooks and noticed I didn’t own a copy of her fantastic book Feeding Little Tummies so she very kindly sent me my own signed copy and sent me one to giveaway to one lucky reader. Thank you so much Nicola. Don’t forget to check out her amazing blog too.

book_nz_ecoI love this easy to read, jam packed and beautifully presented cookbook but it’s more than just any old cookbook it has the most fantastic nutritional information (I think she should write a nutritional book next!). I love Nicola’s simple to follow recipes that are grouped into different stages for when your child has just started eating from first foods to meals for the whole family.

I love that her recipes have variation options for gluten and wheat free, dairy free, egg free and loads of vegetarian recipes. So thoughtful! This book would suit all families whatever their diary requirements. Not to mention the amazing fact boxes found on most pages these are packed full of food facts and other invaluable information such as packing a snack or lunch box or birthday party food or how to read food labels.

books_eco_nzI love that all her recipes are made from scratch with items you would find in most pantries (you might need to buy a few items but most food items are normal everyday items). She has recipes from what to feed your baby first right through to how to make your own flax crackers and granola plus family recipes for snacks, lunches, dinners, deserts and drinks. This book has taught me how to make yummy Mexican bean burgers, super easy and really yummy family frittatas plus protein rich mini pancakes.

I wanted to share one of her fantastic scratch cooking recipes for chewy apricot muesli bars. Buying muesli bars creates so much waste (I had stopped buying them in an effort to reduce our waste) not to mention all the sugar and other additives. So enjoy.

Chewy apricot muesli bars

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA100g dried apricots

100g figs and sultanas (or other dried fruit)

Juice of 1 orange

2 free range eggs

75g butter (you could use coconut oil instead)

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup flour (I used buckwheat flour)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20x30cm tray.

Put the fruit and orange juice in the food processor until minced.

Add eggs and butter and pulse.

Mix together the oats, coconut, flour, cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl.

Make a well in the middle and pour in the minced fruit. Mix thoroughly.

Press the mixture firmly into a greased tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and firm to touch.

Once cool cut into squares.

Store in a airtight container int he fridge for a 4-7 days or freeze for later use.

I keep mine in the freezer and just take out pieces when we need them they are nice cool and don’t freeze solid.

Enjoy. You’ll never buy muesli bars again once you’ve made these. They are so easy and so super tasty plus as a bonus they contain no added sugar of any type.

Feeding little tummies giveaway

Now for your chance to win your very own copy of this amazing book. Please use the entry form below. Open to New Zealand postal address only. Good luck.

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feeding_nz_bookThis book is a must for every family not just if you have tiny little ones. This book has invaluable information for every family who wants to feed theirĀ  children whole food meals. So grab your copy today.


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