Love is in the air and everyone is indulging in something sweet. I wanted to make a sweet treat for my daughter as well. I was looking for something that would cater to her sweet tooth and be nutritious at the same time. So I came up with these little beetroots and Fig bites. I have cooked beetroot and dried figs together into a sticky mixture and then rolled them into little toddler bite size balls. I flavored these balls with some cardamom powder. They turned out into a yummy finger food for my daughter and took care to my sweet tooth as well.
Here’s something about beetroots. Beets are known for its sweetness and natural sugar content. They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, and fiber. Due to its red color, babies and toddler are attracted towards them. And their sweet taste, makes it acceptable to little ones. They can be introduced to babies at 8 months of age. I started giving my daughter beetroots at the end of 7 months. Fresh beets are available all year round. When choosing beets, look for smooth, hard and round bulbs. It should not be bruised or have any cuts. Avoid ones which are soft to touch.
Dried figs are a good source of fiber as well. They are packed with potassium, iron and minerals, along with vitamins and antioxidants. I personally like to use dried black mission figs for baby food, as they are sweeter and they worked the best for these treats. While shopping for dried figs, pick packets which are unbroken. Look for any mold or sour smell. At times commercially grown figs at times can be treated with sulfites to extend their shelf life. To avoid babies and toddlers getting sulfites in their system, it’s better to go for organic dried figs.
So, make these for your little valentines with an added sprinkle of love. Happy Valentines Day to you all.
- 1½ cup beetroot (shredded)
- ½ cup dried black mission figs (roughly chopped)
- ½ cup whole milk
- 3 tablespoon quick cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- In a non-stick pan, add the unsalted butter and heat till it melts.
- As the butter melts, add shredded beetroot, dried figs, and oats. Mix it well.
- Let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes. By this time, beetroots should be half cooked. At this stage, add milk.
- Keep cooking till beetroots get tender. Once they get soft, add sugar and cardamom powder. Give it a good stir and cook till all the moisture evaporates and beetroot and figs come together to form a sticky ball.
- After this, the mixture forms a sticky ball, switch off the heat and let it cool in a refrigerator.
- Once it's cooled completely, roll this mixture into toddler bite sized balls.
Give it a stir every now and then while making this recipe.
Keep these little bites refrigerated in an airtight container. They can stay well for up to a week.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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