Here’s a great way to get your little one to gobble down lots of fruit for morning tea! It’s strictly a ‘sometimes’ treat, but those times are going to go down in history as Mum’s 10-out-of-10 effort! (With little actual effort involved.) Awesome.
To boost the nutritional value, I’ve snuck in some mashed up avocado with the melted milk chocolate chips and soy milk. Your little one will be none-the-wiser and your secret is safe with me. Promise.
I’ve used Poppy’s favourite fruits of the moment; nectarines (last ones of the summer) and pears (first ones of the autumn season), but feel free to substitute other fruits that your child likes best. Bananas, plums, mandarins or berries would work well too – what doesn’t go well with a good chocolate dipping?
This recipe includes soy milk as I developed it especially for my client/sponsor Vitasoy, but it will also work well with cows milk, if you prefer. My daughter drinks cows milk from a cup several times a day, so I like to mix up her diet with recipes using other milks such as soy, rice and oat so that she gets a maximum amount of nutrients from different sources on any given day.
Kids aside, this is an excellent creamy dip for vegans if you substitute dark chocolate and serve with some more risque tropical ‘adult’ fruit – I’m thinking guava, papaya and mango would work a treat.
My little taste-tester had a fantastic time making a huge mess!
But seriously, Poppy doesn’t need any encouragement to eat fruit, however she did love having a dipping sauce as a special treat for her afternoon tea. Next time I’m going to try a little mashed banana instead of the avocado, I think it will work beautifully!
Are your children fruit fans? What’s their favourite?
This recipe is proudly sponsored by Vitasoy. For more great soy recipes (including loads by me!) visit www.soy.com.au.
Fruit flower with chocolate soy dipping sauce recipe
4 toddler portions
- 1/4 very ripe avocado
- 10 milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup (60ml) Vitasoy Calci Plus Soymilk*
- 1 pear
- 1 nectarine
1. Mash the avocado with a fork, in a bowl, until very smooth.
2. Heat the chocolate chips and soy milk in a small saucepan, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.
3. Pour the chocolate milk mixture into the bowl with the avocado and whisk until well combined. You can also put it all into a blender if you want it super smooth. Allow to stand and cool slightly. It will also thicken slightly on standing.
4. Slice the fruit into half moons and arrange on a serving plate in a flower shape. Pour a small portion of sauce into a dipping bowl and place in the centre, or drizzle directly over the fruit, and serve.
*Any Vitasoy soy milk product can be substituted, I just thought the calcium fortified one was a good option for children. You could also use regular cows milk if you prefer.