Dried Fruit-Nut Snack Spread
Makes 1 Cup (250 ml)
This no-sugar-added snack spread will satisfy any sweet tooth, especially children. It can be served on toast, crackers, chapatis, tortillas, apple slices or celery sticks. It can also be added to smoothies and spread on top of Oatmeal Pancakes.
This spread is appropriate for children starting around 1 year old. It provides brain-nourishing Omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts. The cinnamon (sweet and pungent) increases digestibility and makes the spread complete with all six tastes.
1 cup (250 ml) dried fruit - raisins, or
coarsely chopped figs (hard stems
removed), apricots, mangos, or peaches
1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
2 tablespoons almond butter or
cashew butter, or a combination
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 tablespoons finely ground walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
What to do;
1. Place the dried fruit in a small bowl. Pour the boiling water over the fruit and
let sit for at least two hours.
2. Drain off the excess liquid into a bowl. Combine the fruit and nut butter in a
food processor and process to chop the fruits. Add remaining ingredients and
process until you get a smooth paste.
For babies around 10 to 12 months: leave out the walnuts, and thin batter with
the soaking water to the consistency of apple sauce.