While I like to think I am a far better cook than baker, the boys (like most all little ones) seem to prefer busting out the Kitchen Aid to “mixa, mixa, mixa!” a la Daniel Tiger. Therefore, to ensure all parties are pleased, we attempt to bake as a team. It’s not always pretty (and the mess usually takes longer to clean up than the baked good itself), but we always have fun. And sometimes the food actually turns out quite tasty.
I only say ‘sometimes’ as I tend to choose “healthy” recipes to experiment with or I tweak them far too much in order to add more nutrition to them. As a result, my 3 year old is not always ready to dive in for seconds.
At least, that is, until this past weekend.
As we kicked off our spring break with 6″ of snow, after nearly 90 minutes in the cold, I chose to use the bribe of baking to bring the boys back indoors where I would hopefully regain feeling in my fingers once again. Thankfully, they loved the idea!
I pulled out a traditional recipe, yet per my usual, began tweaking. Thoug this time it was not because I wanted a healthy treat, but rather because I didn’t have the right ingredients. I was nearly out of butter and had only a measly scoop of white flour… so, I did want any cook would do and began to make-do with what we had on hand.
Whole grain flour for white, beans for butter, dark chocolate for milk chocolate… While I did not exactly shout the fact that I was swapping beans for butter (oddly enough, both ingredients my preschooler is not impressed with), I did invite my little one to strain and puree the beans for me. His comment, “these smell yucky to me!”. Yes, son. Thankfully, we’re adding chocolate and sugar 😉
The end result? Both boys kept running back into the kitchen begging for another “treat with black” (for whatever reason, all chocolate has been deemed black by my eldest – maybe because I tend to buy the darkest of the dark?). They were so good.
Of course, they are still made with sugar in three forms (white, brown, and chocolate), but for a cookie, they do come blessed with a few nutritious components. All of which make this MommyRD all the happier to serve them.
Jessica Corwin, MPH, RDN