I'm always trying to find new ways to sneak healthy food and spices into my children's diet. I always let them know what they've eaten after they decide if they like it or not. I've found that works better than announcing it ahead of time. When I do that, I'm usually greeted with crinkled noses and loud "Eeeeew!'s"
If they do end up liking the food, I make sure to tell them exactly all the good stuff that was in it - so in the future, they will remember those things (hopefully) and associate them with pleasant tastes and thoughts of good food.
Cardamom has a slew of health benefits. It's a cancer fighter, lowers blood pressure, and can prevent blood clots just to name a few. It also has a strong ginger-like flavor that doesn't always sit well with the younger crowd.
I put together this recipe for cardamom pear waffles. So far I am happy to report it has been a hit with my kids - they loved it!
Cardamom Pear Waffles
What you need:
1 C Unbleached flour
1/2 C Whole Wheat flour
1/4 C Golden ground flax meal
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Cardamom seed powder
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar or honey
1 1/4 C Milk
1 egg - slightly beaten
3 tbsp melted butter
1 peeled and grated bosc pear
1 bosc pear - thinly sliced as garnish (optional)
Whipped vanilla coconut (optional)
1) In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, flax meal, baking powder, cardamom, salt and sugar (if using honey, add that later with the wet ingredients).
2) Create a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add milk, egg, and melted butter (add honey now if using). Mix well.
3) Fold the grated pear into the mixture.
4) Follow the instructions for your waffle press. You could also turn this batter into pancakes by adding an extra 1/4 cup of milk to the batter.
5) Garnish with sliced pears and whipped vanilla coconut. Drizzle a bit of maple syrup or honey on top if desired.
Can you tell my 4 year old loved this?
Have a great weekend everyone!
- Lisa :)
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