Feeding a toddler is not easy. Not only will you have to make something that they will like to eat, but you will also have to try and make it as healthy as possible. I have been trying to get my little one to eat as much fruits and veggies as I can. Her taste keeps changing and when I celebrate her eating peas for 3 days, she changes her mind and realizes she does not like peas anymore and wants broccoli. Me, I am just happy that she is eating some veggies. Fruits is a different thing altogether. She prefers spicy food to sweets and will not come near any sweets/fruits. Even ice creams are a big no to her. She would rather eat a spicy samosa to a banana or pear. All I can do is hope that one day she will wake up and feel like eating a banana. Until that day comes, I have decided to take advantage and sneak in as much veggies as I can. So, after a lot of searching online for a good homemade crackers recipe, I came across this recipe. The original recipe had too much baking powder in it. I thought I would give it a try reducing the amount and it worked fine. You could try this recipe with other vegetable/fruit purees too. Spinach, carrot, beetroot might be good options. You can also add some vanilla or cinnamon powder to the dough. I baked this recipe twice. I found baking it for extra 5 minutes, made them more crispy. If your toddler can manage that you could go ahead and bake it for extra time. They are good either way. Now to the recipe:
- 1 big sweet potato (should yield approx 1 cup puree)
- 11/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 or 2 tbsp milk (optional for binding)
- 4 tbsp butter
Boil/ steam/ bake the sweet potato and make a puree of it and set aside.
In a bowl, add the butter and cream it until nice and fluffy. Then add the sweet potato puree and mix well.
Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl until mixed well. (salt and sugar is optional. You can totally omit them if you want to).
Add the dry ingredients to the puree and butter mixture and form a dough. If you find the dough to be very wet, add more flour. If it is dry add some milk to bring it together. The dough should hold together. It will be a little wet. But you can add more flour when you roll it. Refrigerate it and rest the dough for half an hour.
Now take some parchment paper and flour the paper. Place the dough on it and roll it as thinly as possible using a rolling pin. Dust the dough with flour liberally to make the rolling easier if the dough is sticky.
Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. Or just use a knife to cut squares from the rolled dough.
Bake it in a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 350 F for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool the crackers and yummy sweet potato crackers are ready to be served. Make sure you leave some for your little one as they make a good snack for us adults too!