Recently I wrote about our success with our Blueberry and Banana Oat Bakes recipe – finally, something our child would eat that wasn’t out of a bag! I’m a creature of habit, when I find something I like I tend to stick to that and, much to my husband’s disgust, it would appear our son is exactly the same… hurray! With that in mind I decided to stick to the oat-y format but try and get a bit more flavour in to our next recipe, something I’ve been craving for a long time… carrot cake.
Now, this isn’t a carrot cake recipe. We’re following baby led weaning and for us that means no sugar. For me, a cake needs sugar – I can’t get my head around how to make one without it. Thankfully, Nicola at MummytoDex assures me that she’s going to come up with one soon following her success with lemon drizzle cake – consider this a public official prompt! In the meantime, we went for carrot cake inspired oat slices; all of the flavour and goodness of carrot cake without the dairy, sugar or gluten. Due to the consistency of the bake, these slices are fairly dense when cooked hence why we recommend cutting them into slices. I’ve also found cutting them into 3cm x 3cm squares helps prevent my little one from trying to eat the whole thing in one mouthful!
Carrot Cake Oat Slices (Baby Led Weaning)
You will need:
- 100g oats
- 60g carrot
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 30g raisins
- 1/2 medium banana
- Pre-heat the oven to 150°C and grease a baking tin roughly XX by XX
- Finely grate the carrot, mash the banana and beat the eggs
- Add all ingredients together and combine until well mixed. The mixture should be fairly sticky
- Pat into your baking tray – slices should be about 1cm thick
- Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the bake is firm but springy. The mixture will firm further on cooling so it doesn’t need to be completely hard at this stage
- Remove from oven, loosen around the edge and place on a cooling rack
- Slice into finger length slices approximately 2-3cm wide – perfect for little hands!
- Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
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