Minty babies- a healthy snack for hungry kids

by Sunita on August 3, 2009

Hope all of you had a great start to the week!

A very quick post to share with you today. The kids summer holidays are going on in full swing. Now, the kids being at home also means that apart from the main meals, I also have to keep the snacks stocked up to. Fruits and nuts are fine; but, with ever hungry kids, sometimes a different snack is always welcome. And it is even better if they are involved in the making too.

A few days ago, I thought of baking some healthy and filling savoury goodies for the kids and the kids lend a helping hand too. As the mint plant on our tiny patch was overflowing, a few sprigs were promptly snipped and brought to the kitchen to make the following minty babies.

What’s needed-
1/2 C of fresh mint leaves
5 tblsp of plain yogurt
2 C whole wheat flour ( atta)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tblsp of cashew nuts, roughly chopped
3 tblsp sunflower or vegetable oil
1/4 C water

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a baking tray with foil.
  2. Pulse together the yogurt, mint, water and oil and keep aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour soda, salt and nuts.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the yogurt mixture. Mix  lightly with the fingertips till  everything is just moistened ad form a craggy ball of dough. Dust your hands with flour if the dough gets too sticky. Please do not knead or they will become very hard. Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured board and roll out to a rectangle of aboiut 1.2 cm in thickness. Cut out shapes ( we cut ours as babies; the kids loved this bit, and were all hands on). Gather the trimmings, and roll them out to the same thickness, cutting some more shapes. Repeat this till all the dough has been used up.
  5. Place the cut out shapes on the lined tray, a little apart from each other.
  6. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 15-17 minutes or till the top is lightly browned.
  7. Transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

These little bites are very addictive. The minty flavour  really comes out and adds the special touch and the nuts add the crunch too.

There were two very satisfied kids, who kept asking for more. And the mom? Of course, she was satisfied too…didn’t she just dish out some healthy and tasty treats :-D

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 arundati August 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm

they look fantastic!! must try them soon.

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2 Sunita August 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Arundati…do give it a try :-)

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3 prathibha August 3, 2009 at 4:05 pm

OMG they look superb..will try them soon

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4 Sunita August 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Do try them Pratibha :-)

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5 rachel August 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm

How very creative!

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6 Sunita August 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Rachel :-)

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7 Rosa August 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm

What cute little crackers! They must be very flavorful!

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Sunita August 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Thanks Rosa; they were flavourful indeed :-)

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9 superchef August 3, 2009 at 6:08 pm

mint n nuts in lil cookie crackers..what more does any kid want?? :)

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10 Sunita August 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm

You’re right…the kids were very happy indeed :-)

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11 Kay August 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I wrote a comment yesterday but I guess its lost in the cyberspace now. :)

You come up with brilliant ideas, Sunita! I hope you would write a book someday soon, for interesting recipes like these for kids which are healthy. I’d be in line to buy it.

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12 Sunita August 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Sorry about your earlier comment Kay, am not sure where it got lost :-( But then, thanks for coming back and leaving a word :-)

As for the book, if ever i decide to write one, I’m glad that i will at least have one buyer ;-)

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13 Shankari August 4, 2009 at 11:32 pm

A fun project for kids and a nice treat in the end!

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14 shilpa August 5, 2009 at 12:53 am

They are sooo cute Sunita

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15 Sudeshna August 5, 2009 at 2:39 am

Sunita,

The combination of mint, atta and yogurt looks tempting. Your kids are superb luck to have such a nice mom :) .

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16 Raaga August 5, 2009 at 4:43 am

Hmmm… these are like my baked pakodas… love them already!

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17 Nirmala August 5, 2009 at 7:05 am

hey Sunita, they were lovely and healthy! Good choice of ingredients!

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18 Lakshmi August 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Lovely combination of ingredients…a must try! And what a lovely shape to give too..

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19 Jessica August 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

These look really delicious! I love how you made everything with very wholesome and healthy ingredients. It’s hard to find recipes that are good for you but also great tasting! I definitely want to try them out sometime.

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20 Fun healthy kids snacks August 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

Looks amazing. After trying will come to know how it tastes. Will surely try it out.

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21 sarah November 6, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Hello Sunita. I’ve been reading for a couple of months now. This is the recipe that first drew me into your blog and I wrote about it today on my blog. I made these as hearts and added some cinnamon. My colleagues liked them with their morning tea break.

I’m keen about healthy cooking and I like that your sweets always use whole wheat flour. Thanks for all the inspirational ideas. I also signed up for the food bloggers conference after reading about it on your blog. I’m really looking forward to talking with everyone.

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22 Sunita November 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Glad you like my space Sarah and those crackers. My kids are addicted to them :-) looking forward to meeting you at the FBC

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23 Sarah@buttered-up October 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

These look so fun. I think I’d also add some fennel seeds or cumin seeds to this. Mmm!

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