Raspberry, almond & coconut muffins (baby led weaning)

After making the blueberry muffins yesterday I thought I could adapt them and make some for Violet. I omitted the honey and salt, and changed the blueberries for raspberries. Also I only had half the quantity of almonds so used semolina and a splash of milk instead. Violet happily chomped away on them! 🙂

Raspberry, almon & coconut muffins for baby led weaning :: keep it simple


1 cup almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 egg
1/2 cup raspberries
1/8 tsp bicarbonate soda

Preheat oven to gas 7/220°C and line a muffin tin with 12 cases.

Mix the almonds and bicarb in a large bowl. In another bowl mix the coconut oil, coconut milk and egg together, then tip into the almond and bicarb. Mix then fold in raspberries. Divide into 12 cases to make small cakes.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Apple, carrot & prune muffins for baby led weaning!


225g wholemeal self raising flour
100ml sunflower oil
2 eggs
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
2 apples, peeled and grated to the core
50g ground almonds
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp cinnamon
75g prunes, chopped

Preheat oven to 180°C/gas 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.

In a small bowl mix oil, vanilla and eggs.

Sieve the flour into large bowl, mix in carrot, apple, almonds, cinnamon and prunes. Make a well in the middle and pour in liquid ingredients. Fold in gently until mixed. Dollop desert spoonfuls into cases and bake for 15-25 minutes till golden brown. I made 20 smaller cakes instead of muffins which took 20 minutes.

I might try adding a small banana next time as found mixture a little dry! Will report back on that one!


Scotch pancakes for baby led weaning (and everyone else!)

Scotch pancakes for baby led weaning

These are great for breakfast and can be eaten as a sweet or savoury dish! Violet had hers with raspberries and blueberries while I sprinkled mine with cinnamon sugar!


125g self raising flour
1 egg
150ml milk
unsalted butter or oil for frying

Put the flour in a large bowl, make a well in the middle and break in the egg. Pour in half the milk and whisk from the middle incorporating the flour as you go. Once all flour is mixed in, slowly whisk in the remaining milk.

Heat your frying pan and add a little butter (I use a piece of kitchen towel to smear it round the pan). Depending on how big your pan is you can cook a few drop scones at a time. Use about two tablespoons per pancake, dropping the batter onto hot pan, cooking for a few minutes then flipping and cooking for same time as first side. Munch!

These are freezable, use greaseproof paper between pancakes so they’re easy to get out one at a time. Can be reheated under grill or in microwave.

For the cinnamon sugar I mix one part cinnamon to six parts sugar – I have a little tub and use six tablespoons of granulated brown sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon. This is great for porridge too, or on buttered toast! Probably lovely sprinkles on cupcakes before you put them in the oven!

scotch pancakes

How have you got raspberries up your face?!

Five positives for today..

1. Waking up. Woke up to sun trying to shine through the blinds this morning! Bea

This is the view from our bedroom!

2. Run! Have had a week off running due to the weather and the pavements being deadlier than the road (in my head I wrote that to the Space song – Female of the Species!) Today I put my trainers on and off I went. Was a tough one today, a combination of not having run for a week, trying to pick up where I left off, hills and stitch are accountable for that! The two mile run turned out to be a two mile run then a two mile walk back, next time I’ll be making sure the tide is out! But it’s done and that feels good!

20130330-093147.jpg Not bad views running round here!

3. Daffodils and lambs! Signs spring is on it’s way and that we can hopefully turn our backs on the snow and gloom for a while! According to the Independant it’s been the coldest March for half a century! It’s all this global warming eh?


4. At the moment Violet will try and sometimes eat pretty much anything I put in front of her which is more than can be said for my eldest two! I try not to worry about that though, am sure their tastes will broaden as they get older. It’s a pleasure to see Violet munching away! She’s the only one of my children that will eat tomatoes, here she is demolishing some raspberries and getting it all over her face!



In the words of Sir Cliff, “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!”