Toddler Breadsticks

I think this year’s MoFo is cursed. At least for me. I thought I was getting better but then my cold came back.

For the last couple of years I have rarely been sick. Of course I thought it was because of veganism, but now I am very sure that it was only because of the absense of a toddler. F. brings in one cold after another. I am glad she takes it lightly and mostly only ends up with a runny nose. But my firewall seems to be down and I cannot deal with all those germs any longer. Yeah, I guess I am getting old. And talking about a cold is getting old, too. So let’s move on.

F. cannot talk yet, but she is very good at letting us know what she wants. At 4 pm, when I pick her up at daycare, she wants a snack. She sits in her stroller, turns around, points at the stroller bag and says “nam”. Which means: “Can I have one of those breadsticks?” We usually carry some toddler spelt breadsticks with us, because F. loves them. Bread is one of her favourite foods, I guess she secretly reads my blog. These breadsticks are fun and convenient, but they also can get a little expensive over time. So I decided to make my own. The recipe is based on my regular breadstick recipe and it is very flexible. For example, you can use whole wheat flour or spelt flour, or leave out the rye flour and add more all-purpose flour. Maybe you have to add a little more or less water, but that should be it. I made these without salt, but if you want to add it, use 1 teaspoon. You can also use different spices, I thought about a garam masala version, because F. also likes that spice a lot. But the possibilities are endless!

Toddler Breadsticks (makes about 70-80)

60 g (1/2 cup) whole rye flour
190 g (1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
150 g (2/3 cup) water
2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine flours, yeast, and oregano. Add water and olive oil. Mix well and knead the dough for ten minutes or until firm and elastic. Cover bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 60 minutes).

Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Punch the dough down, knead briefly and divide into 7 equally sized pieces. Roll each piece into long logs, about 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick. Cut each log into 6 cm (3 inch) long sticks. Place on the baking sheets and bake each sheet for 8-10 minutes or until the sticks are golden brown. Let cool completely before serving.

F. loves these with guacamole, peanut butter, or hummus. They are best on the day they are baked and freeze well.

20 thoughts on “Toddler Breadsticks

  1. How cute! Looks like F. is going to grow up to be a foodie! :)

    I hope you feel better soon. I worked at a daycare a few years ago (for one long day – then I quit!) and I caught a huge cold! Kids are such germy little creatures.

  2. I would be such a bad babysitter…. I would totally snack on the toddler biscuits all night! They sound delicious, and good enough to share with company of all ages. ;)

  3. ” I guess she secretly reads my blog” – aw, that made me smile (one day she will!)

    And you poor thing, I rarely get sick either but this week I have felt so run down, I am doing my best to pretend I am not getting sick :) I hope you feel better!

  4. Oh, I hope you feel better soon. Colds can make you feel so low. Daycare is a germ factory and kids bring the germs home and literally hand them to you. My advice is wash your hands a lot, keep them away from your face and think healthy thoughts. :)

    The bread sticks are so cute, and the perfect size for little hands to hold. Little F is lucky to have such a talented mom.

  5. I hope you feel better soon. Store-bought toddler snacks do get expensive. It’s awesome that you make your own. Seems to be a good idea to have those homemade breadsticks around. I like that your little one likes such a variety of flavors.

  6. Oh, Mihl. I know how that goes. When I was guiding a Montessori class filled with the littles, I was literally sick the entire school year. I hope you feel better soon!

  7. Speaking of kid-friendly vegan food – these toddler sticks are genius! Healthy and satisfying – they look totally lovable. Here in the states – kids’ food is anything laced with sugar or deep fried – so I appreciate these kids of recipes.

  8. Aw I hope your colds go away soon! I was sick a lot during the year I was in Germany – constantly getting over something was a drag. Those breadsticks sound awesome!!!

  9. Nina brought home her first cold germ (of many, I’m sure) from kindergarten, and it has wiped out our entire family. It’s been a lot of soup and sticky rice – bread sounds like a nice alternative. And minis, even! They make me feel better just thinking about them.

  10. I remember Ocean always having a runny nose, back in the daycare days.
    That is neat that little F is able to communicate with you, I have been teaching Simone some basic signs. It is fun, I think her favourite is ‘all done’.
    I rarely make bread. But these look fun, I think Leeluu would love to help :)

  11. OH no! Day care will do that (expose you to colds)’s not you I think. My little P likes mini bagels but these might be a nice change of pace. How funny about the garam masala..I just tried P on some yesterday and she seemed to like it too..never would have expected that! People told me that this stage of P’s development would be tough on me..she’s so mobile now but I’m really enjoying it, especially her ability to communicate with us better. Yesterday, I figured out that she wanted to help me stir a bowl of vegan meatball we did, her with her little spoon and me with my big one. This is a fun time, this toddlerhood!

  12. I think I have the curse too – I’m currently recovering from food poisoning (birthday lunch out on the town), so these breadsticks sound absolutely ideal. Thank you for a great simple recipe. I just need to find someone to make me a batch.

    1. Oh, no! Food poisoning sounds much worse than a cold. And on your birthday? That’s just plain mean. I wish I’d live closer. I would definitely make you a batch. Feel better soon.

  13. Colds are evil. I hope it’s the last time for this year that you have to put up with one!
    I so regret just finishing the rye flour I had, a few moments ago! I need to order more, because I know Chaz and I will be all over these sticks. I’ll try them with other flours until then though. I love your suggestions of eating them with guac, PB or hummus too. Maybe we’ll go nuts and use those all at the same time.

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