Saturday, 26 November 2011

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Healthy Tasty & Nutritious Edible Playdough



Makes the size of 1 tennis ball

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup almond or hazelnut butter
- 50ml liquid honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup rolled oats ground
- 1 TBS of wheatgerm ground
- 1 tsp of brewer's yeast
- 1 tsp oil (optional: avocado oil or any nut oil such as walnut oil)
- 1 tsp carob powder (optional, to make it chocolaty)
- Food color (optional)

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, mix in almond butter and honey and mix well.

2. Add ground roll oats slowly in along with the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

3. Knead until smooth. Adjust with almond butter, ground rolled oats or honey accordingly.

How to play?
Here is one way.

Tips:
1. After playing with it, use it as spread on the bread for your child's lunch box, for example.
2. Bake it in the oven as cookies at 200 °C (392 ° F) for 5 - 7 minutes or
3. Simply eat it on its own by rolling it into small balls, refrigerate for 15 minutes and ready to serve as snack.

Additional Information:
I tried to research the internet for edible playdough, but only came across the tasty but rather unhealthy ones. Ok, given it is playdough and not dessert, it shouldn't matter much, but I just wanted to find something that is healthier.

Most of the recipes call for dry powdered milk as the replacement for flour in the playdough, which in my opinion is too much dairy. And for the Chinese, it will create too much heatiness in the child, eating milk powder straight!!!

The most popular edible play dough from the internet is peanut butter, but I am not a great fan of peanut butter. I like it, but not enough to want to eat it as playdough. However, I like hazelnut and almond butter.

So I have decided to experiment and make my own edible playdough that is fun, tasty and at the same time nutritious minus the dairy.

This can be an activity for a small children's birthday party, if one can ensure that the hands of the children are clean to play with edible playdough. I know I have classified this under the label "Inexpensive Birthday Ideas", even though this dough is a rather expensive dough. However, in comparison to the cost with the recent trend of Singaporean parents celebrating small children's birthday with hired chef in the form of prata man, balloon man, magician, etc. for small children birthday party, this idea is then indeed fun and a lot way less expensive! It is all relative I guess.

I woke up early this morning before Joshua woke up to make it. It is really tasty, and I hope I can wait till Joshua waits up to play with it and not eat it myself!

This is an activity you can do with your child.

Links:
http://livelearnloveeat.com/2015/02/13/healthy-naturally-sweetened-edible-play-dough/
https://youtu.be/b2eV2zkwAq4

Here are the steps in pictures:

 
Updates: 29 June 2014 (5Y3M24D)
 
It was a long time since we did this activity, when J was 2.5 years old. But he remembered it. J has been requesting to make edible playdough for sometime, and we made it together today. We made different color ones this time. He wanted to make his name too. I made the fruits. Then J got the idea to make lollipop with the playdough.
 
We are out of the normal routine today. That meant that we did not have a rigorious learning day (by that I meant writing Chinese character, piano practice, etc., but we did manage to write a page of Chinese character and a more relax piano practise), but it was only during the most unexpected time that memory is made. It has been very special and memorable one-to-one time. God is trying to speak to me and teaching me the balance of being more relaxed.
 
 












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