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DS, age 4, has low iron levels so I’ve just bought a jar of blackstrap molasses as it is supposed to be high in iron.  There’s no way he’ll take it off the spoon, so I’m looking for some child friendly recipes for it please!

If your LO likes the taste of it, you could add some to porrage (served with orange juice to aid absorption) or rice pudding too, or maybe even just lick it off the spoon as a treat!

wandermob shared the following recipe with me which has become a firm family favourite. It’s a bit like parkin and grows better with age smile
I only use cinamon in it, not the cloves or ginger and ‘non healthy’ friends have begged me for the recipe, so it’s a real hit!


Apple Spice Cake
As with any “non traditional” cake, the batter for this cake will not seem “right” so don’t panic!
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1-3/4 cup flour
1 tsp ginger

Mix the molasses and applesauce in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bake in a nonstick 8 x 8-inch baking pan or one sprayed with a non-stick spray, in a 350° F for 30 to 45 minutes, or until it tests done.

**The batter may be a bit dry and you may need to add more applesauce or a bit of water. Try adding 1/4 cup of applesauce first then gradually add a bit of water by tablespoon**

I have added a bit of pure cocoa (2 tablespoons) to make a chocolate flavor.

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Put in porridge or in any baking. Saying that, I tried it for myself in porridge, and I can’t stand that taste. But then, I find Marmite disgusting too. I guess others will be more helpful. I’ll watch the thread.

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sorry, just read the ‘no way he’ll take it off a spoon’ part wink

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urgh is there anyone who does think licking that stuff off a spoon is a treat? wink

Cake recipe sounds great - thanks! 

And yes, I was a bit big surprise  that licking it off the spoon might be considered a treat!  It’s foul stuff!

I love the stuff, and would definitely lick it off the spoon! I was never allowed golden syrup on my porridge as a child, and proper treacle is still my favourite thing to have with porridge.

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I use it primarily to make barbeque sauce.  I forget if you eat meat, but it’s great on chicken or pork, veggie burgers or beans.  Homemade is MUCH better than anything you’re getting off the grocery shelves, and it freezes like a charm.

Come to think of it I also use it in baked beans (my fave are “Boston baked beans”).  Often there’s bacon involved with those, but imho it’s optional.  I’ll PM recipes if you want.

I bet it would also be good in muffins.  I think it’s used a lot in Southern Style US cooking (“Soul food” type things), so Google might also be your friend if you’re looking to be adventurous.

Cake recipe looks yummy, Starchild!

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I use it to make gingerbread men.

Sustainablemum, could you share your recipe please?

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I use it in smoothies (ripe banana, mixed berries and almond milk hides the taste well, sometimes with a bit of cocoa added), and I’ve found it’s pretty good mixed into Alpro plain soya yoghurt - otherwise it’s revolting! Might have to try the cake recipe though. smile

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Your cake sounds delicious Starchild smile I’m always a little unsure about what recipes mean by applesauce though. Do you buy it or make your own, and if so how? I’m sure it’s a daft question but it’s been bugging me for ages now!

Sal makes a good point- when I see “applesauce” I don’t think about it, but in the UK your guys’ idea of applesauce is quite different from mine (what you’d call “apple purée” I think or perhaps compote?).  The first time I went to the Sainsbury’s to buy it it was quite a shock!!!!

In US recipes, “applesauce” is apples that have been boiled, and put through a food strainer to remove the skins and seeds.  Some people add sugar, quantity dependent on type of apples and taste.  I generally don’t.  It’s really easy to make (but even easier to buy wink ) , if this is what is needed for Starchild’s recipe…..

I’m curious too, because I’d like to give that cake recipe a go!!!

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I’m feeling quite excited about this now! Thanks everyone.  And yes please to the Boston Beans (we do eat meat) and gingerbread recipes!

I put it in flapjack and also stir a big spoonful into hot milk in the evening sometimes and drink like a malt drink.

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starchild - 11 May 2013 08:16 PM

Sustainablemum, could you share your recipe please?

Of course, I am away at the mo, will post it when I get back home!

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