Chia coconut pikelets {toddler food}18

Posted on September 19, 2012 by ChristieKid friendly, Snacks & Starters, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pikelets are the perfect treat for chubby little toddler fingers. They are easy to hold, easy to chew and don’t make too much mess for mum (no crumbs!), so are great portable snacks for the pram or car.

If, like me, you have wasted far too many minutes of your life vacuuming up cracker crumbs from your car, then you’ll join me in praising these yummy little mess-free pikelets. Just don’t serve them with jam – unless you have a few spare hours to hang around in the laundry (and I’m guessing you don’t!).

These aren’t just for kids, you know. They are great for adults too. I suggest topping with whipped cream (when do I not?) and a berry compote for the perfect accompaniment to a morning or afternoon cup of tea.

Or just sneak a few as a snack with a good slick of Nutella. As my Dad says, “If no-one sees you eat it, then it has no calories”. Good one Dad.

If your child really likes these, and find yourself making them often, then why not try swapping out the coconut for the same amount of grated vegetable such as carrot, zucchini or even beetroot – it will change the colour slightly each time to keep it interesting. Not to mention add an extra nutritional boost!

What’s your favourite mess-free snack for your child (or yourself)? I’m always looking for more ideas!

Christie x

Chia coconut pikelets

makes approximately 15 (depending how large you shape them)

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup (or honey)
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) Vitasoy Original Soymilk (or any milk you prefer)
  • 1 cup (150g) self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup (15g) shredded coconut
  • vegetable oil, for pan frying

1. Place the chia seeds into a small bowl and add 3 tablespoons of cold water. Set aside for 5 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed.

2. Place the honey or agave into a medium sized bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of boiling water (from the kettle) and stir until dissolved. Add the chia mixture and the soy milk and whisk vigorously until well combined.

3. In a separate large mixing bowl, add the flour and coconut and stir to combine. Add the soy milk mixture and whisk to form a thick batter.

4. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and brush with vegetable oil. Drop in heaped teaspoons of mixture and cook for 30 seconds or until small bubbles appear. Flip and cook for a further 30 seconds. Transfer to a paper-lined plate and keep warm while you repeat with the rest of the mixture. Allow to cool slightly before serving with fresh fruit or a little slick of jam.

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  • These look great! Im emailing this recipe to all my friends with kids. I’ll also make then for myself ;)

    • Thanks Nic, you are too kind!

  • I did something really similar for Father’s Day but added blueberries for added goodness. They were so popular!

    • Mmm, blueberries are so good right now!

  • Hi Christie, these look tops, I’m having a little love affair with chia at the moment. Great for breakfast with oats and All-Bran and berries. Just had a thought, I blend a few walnuts into the kids berry smoothies for breakfast. Could do the sme sort of thing with pikelets, I’ve added ground almonds in the past but not walnuts.

    My car is always a complete catastrophe.

    • Ground walnuts are a great idea Seana! Isn’t it fun squeezing in as many nutrients as possible for the kiddos (and yourself)?!

  • Much better than boring old crackers indeed!

  • I love the idea of “if no one sees you eat it” ….

  • Oh wow these are definitely for the young toddlers :) my nephew is two so i’ve gotta pass this recipe to my sister hehe ~

  • Pikelets and fritters, tow of my favourite foods mum used to make me as a child that I still make for myself now – so nostalgic. I love this recipe and I’m sure every toddler would too.

  • Tammy

    Love coconut in anything lol so these are perfect for me and also my family and hopefully my daughter will enjoy them once I make them these will definitely be made at the weekend once I have bought all the ingredients and I know for a fact my daughter will eat them if there’s blueberries added or on top with cream can’t wait to make them :-)

    • Let me know how you go Tammy! Try adding blueberries to the batter, that would be really yummy :) Christie

  • Amelia

    Just found this recipe on pinterest and made these this morning with some sliced apple. So good!! I’m going to have a hard time saving some for my toddler! Thanks for the recipe, this one is a keeper!

    • HI Amelia, I’m so glad you stopped by to let me know how these turned out for you – great idea to serve with apple, will have to try that! They freeze well if you need to get them off the kitchen bench so you don’t snack on them (maybe that’s just me!) Christie :)

  • Tash

    These are great! Have been looking for a good pikelet recipe and this is it! My one year helped cook them and has now taken off with a handful of them! Thank you!

    • HI Tash, Glad you like them! I find they are great snacks for the pram too because there are no crumbs :) They freeze well individually and are great to just pop in a container to defrost on the go!

  • Jamie Heart

    These were so brilliant!! Simple ingredients and easy recipe, my toddler could watch and help stir. I added sultanas to half of my batch and those ones were incredible. I’m not a very experienced cook so I really appreciate the simplicity of this recipe! And best of all my toddler ate them too!!

    • Thanks for letting me know Jamie – I am so happy they were easy for you and most importantly that your little one gobbled them up! Love your sultanas addition :)

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