I’ve been experimenting with snack foods for my little one. She is almost 13 months, now. And, she’s beginning to be picky, all of a sudden. She’s always up for meat…not so much for veggies.
So, I’ve been exploring ways to be a sneaky chef. Lately, I’ve been wanting to increase iron, protein, and Vit A, in particular. I created a pistachio “fudge” that fits the bill. And, it’s easy to make (you just need a good quality food processor).
If you don’t have one, it’s worth trotting over to your friend’s house and borrowing theirs (you can treat them to some extra fudge as a thank you).
Both my husband and my little one love the fudge (I do, too). And, I can always give her bits of this fudge when she is resisting other food items. It’s a great snack, too!
Let’s talk ingredients.
Pistachios are a powerhouse of nutrients and they are gentle on your digestive system. They are healthy fat high in B1 and B6.
Then, there’s hemp seeds, a nutrition powerhouse. Also, with a good bit of B1, hemp seeds also have loads of magnesium and zinc. There’s a decent amount of iron, as well.
I also used spirulina, a superfood high in all the B vitamins (except B12), iron, carotenoids, and protein (among other things). A long-time traditional food among the Aztecs, the explorer Cortez in his book “The Conquest of Mexico” (apparently, a shameless title for a nasty history) said that, “…they eat this as we eat cheese, and it has rather a salty taste.” It was the Aztecs main protein source, actually.
Based on my research, spirulina is safe for children over a year old. However, be your own researcher and see what you discover.
While I was in India, at an intentional community called Auroville, I remember that spirulina was served in 1/4 cup servings on each of our trays of food in the cafeteria. We each had a heaping, moist mound of spirulina to eat like the great Aztecs, I suppose.
Oh yes, spirulina is known for contamination. Be sure to get it from a reliable source. I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.
THEN, there’s powdered gelatin. I used Great Lakes powdered gelatin which is a kosher, grass-fed beef gelatin. Packed with easy-to-digest amino acids, powdered gelatin is a nutrient-dense protein source.
Toss in some ghee, coconut oil, and coconut butter…rich in fat-soluble vitamins…then, you’ve got a great show for your mouth.
Here’s the recipe… And, scroll down further for a stevia sweetened version of the recipe…
Zoe’s Pistachio Superfood “Fudge”
Line a 7″ x 9″ deep dish with parchment paper.
Toss the following ingredients into a food processor:
1 1/2 cup raw pistachio pieces
1/2 cup hemp hearts
3 tbsp spirulina powder
2 tbsp ghee
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut butter (packed into the measuring cup)
2 tbsp powdered gelatin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw honey
Turn the processor on and mix the ingredients for 7-8 minutes or until the pistachios are well broken down and a ball begins to form and roll around the processor. I normally turn off the processor multiple times to push the ingredients down again and let the processor rest.
Press the “fudge” into the parchment lined dish using a wooden spoon.
Place in fridge to harden for about 3-4 hours.
Cut into chunks and enjoy!
*** STEVIA sweetened version — You can sub stevia for honey. I use 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered whole leaf stevia (the green stuff). Then, I increase ghee & coconut oil, 1 tablespoon each. And, I use another 1/2 cup of seeds/nuts. I’ve used pine nuts or sprouted pumpkin seeds for this (you can just increase hemp seeds or pistachios, though). I don’t know why but I actually like it better than the honey sweetened fudge!