Celery is one of those vegetables that are tricky for many children. How many kids do really like celery? I do wonder! Most adults do, so when does it change and how? How can we help kids to learn to like it? That is the question I ask myself all the time and for many vegetables. Celery is just one of them, but definitely a tricky one.
So how do you go about it to teach your kids to like a vegetable that seems to be tricky?
This is my strategy: I keep offering it on a regular basis, sometimes the same dish again, but I always try to find new ways of preparing it as well. Sometimes I use it blended in a soup or cut up finely in a sauce to get away with it, but that doesn’t really count as success in my books. I am after the conscious love for the vegetable!
Sometimes I get really passionate and keep trying hard to find a way to prepare that the kids do like until I really get it. I try to add things they do like, like fruit, cheese, nuts, whatever they like. And sometimes, the solution is simply thrown in my hands! And that is exactly what happened this time with these celery and apple crackers.
At my friend’s house (Debbie from Whole Food Wake Up) we were offered a set of different vegetable crackers made in her dehydrator. There were beetroot, carrot, spinach and celery crackers. Well, that was amazing, they were absolutely delicious, but not just that: the kids totally went for them as well! I couldn’t believe my eyes! I was mainly impressed with the success of the celery ones, because they would hardly touch celery usually.
So the next day, of course I started experimenting. After a few times of trying, I managed to get my own recipe right by adding apple and some lemon to the celery and it worked as well: The kids really like my apple and celery crackers! Well 2 out of 3 do, but I count that as success when it comes to celery! Especially because the pickiest vegetable eater loves them best!
To make the crackers, you blend the celery with apple until smooth; you add ground flax seed and some whole flax seeds. Then spread the mixture out thinly on a baking tray and dehydrate or put them in the oven as I do.
You would normally make this type of crackers in a dehydrator. But because I haven’t got one, I put the oven on the lowest temperature possible and leave the door open slightly. The moist needs to be able to evaporate and the crackers need to go really dry. The open door allows for the moist to get out of the way.
These celery and apple crackers work really well with a yoghurt dip, just as a stalk of raw celery tastes delicious dipped in a yoghurt sauce. The recipe for a super simple tasty yoghurt dip is given in the recipe box below.
Other ideas with celery to try for your kids
The success of these celery and apple crackers is hopefully just a start. The next step is the love of celery in it’s own shape, size and colour, without having to blend them and turn them into something different. Now the kids consciously like the celery and apple crackers, they may be ready for more celery soon.
Here are a few other child friendly celery recipe you might like:
- I really like these gorgeous kids fun snacks with celery: snails and caterpillars celery snacks.
- I have used them myself as stalks for the vegetable flower table decoration. The challenge there is for the stalks of the flowers to be eaten just as the flowers themselves.
- The Celery with minced meat in a cheese sauce has always been my brother’s and my favourite way of eating celery when we were kids and I still love it. It can be served like that either with mashed potatoes or with pasta.
Celery and apple crackers
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- The crackers
- 1 white celery
- 2 apples
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 cup of ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp of whole golden flax seeds
- The yoghurt dip
- 1/2 cup full fat Greek yoghurt
- 1/4 tsp dried parsyl
- 1/4 tsp dried chives
- 1/4 tsp dried onion flakes
- 1/4 tsp dried garlic granules
- some salt and pepper to taste
- Clean the celery, cut off some of the hardest threads on the outer stalks.
- Cut up the celery in pieces.
- Peel and cut up the apples.
- Put the celery, apple chunks and the lemon juice in the food processor and blend until fairly but not completely smooth.
- Add the ground flax seed and mix well.
- Add the whole flax seed and fold in without using the food processor.
- Line 4 baking trays with baking paper.
- Spread the mixture thinly and evenly, for example with a big spatula. 1 cup of mixture (260 grams) is enough for 1 baking tray (23x32cm or 9x12.5 inch).
- You can use a small rolling pin or a large glass to roll the mixture out, in that case put an extra sheet of baking paper on top of the mixture and roll over the paper.
- Put the baking trays in a dehydrator if you have got one, if not in the oven on the lowest possible temperature (mine is around 60 degrees) and leave the door open a little bit.
- Leave the sheets in the baking trays long enough until they are firm enough to be tipped over and put on straight on the racks, this will speed up the drying process.
- Leave in the oven for 5 to 6 hours to completely dry out and become firm.
from More Than Just Carrots