Occasionally kids get constipation. For adults, it is easy to say, ‘just take some psyllium’. Not quite so easy with children. I can’t imagine many children gulping down this slimy beverage. The commercial products containing psyllium are full of artificial sweeteners and additives, I wouldn’t recommend them. So recently when one of my children had a bit of an issue, I made some muffins containing psyllium, and lots of other ground up seeds. Prunes and pears, famous for their laxative properties, are used to sweeten. Hey presto, no constipation anymore! These taste a bit sweet because of the pears and prunes, so not hard to persuade kids to eat them. If you want to reduce the sugar content, replace the pear juice with water. As my daughter said, ‘they taste a lot better than they look’. They are quite small, so you can give frequent small doses of the seeds.
It is important to add, if you child suffers from ongoing constipation, or uses laxatives, you need to get them seen by a Nutritionist http://holistichealthbylisamoane.com.au/talk-to-lisa/to work out why. Constipation isn’t normal, and using laxatives isn’t normal.
2 tablespoon ground psyllium
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1 tablespoon ground linseeds
1 cup pear juice (from the canned pears)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
600g gram tinned pears
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 prunes (stones removed)
- Grind up the psyllium, chia and linseeds in the food processor
- Add the pear juice, and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to form a gel.
- Stir in the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and oats, and pulse to break up the seeds.
- Combine with the tinned pears, cinnamon and prunes and pulse again
- Divide into 12 muffin cases, and bake for 35 minutes at 180˚C.
- Allow to cool fully before removing from tin.