At Babease, we believe that introducing your little one to amazing tastes and textures at an early age is the best way to raise healthy, adventurous eaters. Finger food isn’t just for babies! Here’s a simple hack from Chef Tom to turn your little one’s finger food into a yummy snack/side dish that is perfect for the whole family.
What you need!
For the Pea Pancakes
1 spring onion (chopped small)
2 eggs (replace with chia seeds if you don’t eat eggs)
6-8 leaves of parsley (roughly chopped)
6-8 leaves of mint (roughly chopped)
50g of feta (optional)
50 -100g Chickpea flour
For the yogurt:
6 tbsp coconut yogurt
a small handful of mint leaves
handful of parsley leaves
What to do…
If you are using fresh peas, then you will need to shell the peas so that you end up with
around 250g of uncooked peas. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook for 2-5 mins (depending on how fresh they are, if picked that day, they will cook in no time at all, and if they are a few days old, they may take a few minutes longer!) Once cooked, drain and run cold water over them for a couple of minutes to stop them cooking. If you are using frozen peas, simply boil 250g peas for a few minutes then drain and rinse as above. Place all of the ingredients (apart from the chickpea flour) into a blender and pulse until you get a nice lumpy texture. Don’t over blitz as it’s good to introduce texture to your little ones. (If you are not using eggs, you can replace with Chia seeds, which we will write a post with later in the week, but its approximately 1 tbsp of chia per egg with 3 tbsp with water and leave to soak for 15 mins.)Once the mix is your preferred texture, scrape it into a bowl and fold in 50g chickpea flour, adding more flour as needed until you make a batter that is of a dropping consistency.
When you’re ready to cook the fritters, gently heat up your pan and add either coconut or olive oil. Add the batter mix and cook for a few minutes on each side until nice and golden. We like to make long ones that are easy to hold, but feel free to experiment with whatever shapes you fancy! If you are feeling adventurous and eat cheese, feta works really well stirred though the batter just before cooking. For the yogurt, add all of the ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve the fritters with the yogurt and any sides you are in the mood for!!