Oats

Oats.

Lovely, cream, round oats.  Funny things really.  However in my attempt to get healthy and stop feeding my baby ready made baby treats I have discovered the wonders of these little things.  If your toddler is anything like mine they will do anything to steal a biscuit or three.  Feeling increasingly guilty about being ‘that mother’ I started researching how to make healthy and delicious baby biscuits.  I was very sceptical about this because seldom do you find a foodstuff that is both healthy and nutritious.  However, I discovered Oat and raisin biscuits.   All I needed was butter, flour, raisins, golden syrup and vanilla essence.  Even I could manage this recipe.  The hardest part was trying to fit 18 balls of dough on an oven tray.   Needless to say what I took out of the oven was more of a tray bake than a biscuit…  However, they tasted delicious and my baby loved them.  (not quite as much as me I might add)!

Cue one very happy mother.  Not for long though, my smugness soon wore off after making my second batch a few days later.  I decided to add pumpkin seeds to the mix too.  I added all my ingredients and waited for the oven timer to ping.  What I could see was a runny, brown sludge.  I left them to cool and tasted them – they tasted pretty delicious but they looked like they had been dropped from a height repeatedly.  On asking my husband, who never hesitates to market himself as ‘the cook’ he asked if I added all my ingredients.  Going through the list… butter, tick, golden syrup, tick, vanilla essence, tick, oats, tick , pumpkin seeds and raisins, tick, flour, hmm.  It appears that I forgot to add one vital ingredient.  Typical.  Flour is overrated anyway.  Looks like it’s back to the drawing board for me.   I might take one of the oat biscuits with me though just to help me through.