The foundation of our physical, mental and emotional health lies in every spoonful we eat and every swallow we drink.
Hiding Vegetables in food and making your children eat them with fervor and joy has to be the most pleasurable cooking/baking of all!!!
Most parents struggle at one point or the other with getting their kids to eat even few bites of vegetables. Parents even tend to beg, cajole, bribe and get creative to win this eternal and timeless battle. Though it certainly is a very daunting and frustrating task, it can be managed with some tips like cooking and shopping with kids and including them in meal making plans, experimenting with different vegetables and recipes and 'Sneaking' in vegetables.
This months Daring Baker's Challenge was all about getting creative and hiding vegetables in bakes. When I started researching on this, I found so many amazing options like carrot cakes, sweet potato cookies, Kidney bean brownies, eggplant chocolate cake, spinach cake, zucchini brownies...!!! Can you believe such healthy bakes exist!! I chose on trying my hands on these Chocolate fudge Zucchini cookies. The cookies were fudgy and decadent with loads of chocolate flavor enhanced with Choco-chips and grated Zucchini which so conveniently mixed in the batter that we could'nt even make out its presence...hidden delight, for sure.
Recipe source : Adapted from Two peas & their Pod
- 1/2 cup All purpose flour
- 1/4 cup grated Zucchini
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- a pinch of salt
- 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 5 tbsp brown sugar
- 5 tbsp hung curd
- 1/4 cup Choco-chips
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.
Line baking tray with baking sheet/aluminium foil.
Grate Zucchini and squeeze well. Try and remove as much fluid as possible. Pat dry on a kitchen towel.
Mix flour, soda and salt in a bowl and keep aside.
Melt butter in a saucepan, remove and add cocoa powder and both sugars. Mixture will be thick and sand like.
Add hung curd and vanilla essence.
Now add the flour mixture and stir in Zucchini. Stir in the choco-chips.
Drop tbsp of this batter on the prepared baking tray, 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10 mins or till done. Cool for 2-3 mins till firm.
Repeat for another batch if batter is left.
Sending this recipe to Bake Fest # 17 brainchild of Vardhini, Lets Cook for Kids, Whats with my Cuppa brainchild of Nupur and Bon Vivant#13-Kids Delight
Happy Hiding Veggies