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Bonkers for Bananas Smoothie

1 Feb

With my new attempt at healthier eating, I have also been trying (most times, unsuccessfully) to get my kids to try new things.  My 4-year-old son, loves banana smoothies, and normally I cheat and buy the banana smoothie mix at Wal-Mart.  Well today after I finished with my workout, he asked me for a smoothie, I didn’t have the mix so I had to find a recipe.  I have an app on my phone that has tons of smoothie recipes, the other day I tried one, guess what….he didn’t like it.  Today I tried a different one and it was a hit!  Smoothies are a great way to sneak fresh or frozen fruit into their diet.

Bonkers Banana Smoothie

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bananas (Photo credit: Fernando Stankuns)

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 – cup unsweetened coconut milk (you can use regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-natural, low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • about 1/2 cup crushed ice (more or less up to you)

In a blender add milk, banana, water, brown sugar, yogurt and ice.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into 4 glasses, serve immediately.

He loved it, and I drank one as a post workout recovery drink.  Apparently bananas do give you an energy boost,because now my son has “Super Suction Ears!”  Boys are so much fun, sometimes.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Blueberry & Banana Shake

24 Jan
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Here is a recipe that a friend gave me.  I have one son who loves banana smoothies, and he loves blueberries so this may be a winner.  This would be good on a hot summer morning, or anytime of the year.  I could eat blueberries all year long.  This would also make a quick breakfast drink on  the go.

  • 1/4 cup almonds – soaked in water overnight & drained
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup milk – more or less based on thickness preference

 

Put all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Makes 4 servings.

 

Banana Muffins

21 Jan

Here is a recipe for Banana Muffins.  I added about 1 cup of chopped walnuts to mine, as my kids don’t mind nuts.  Of course they were finely chopped, no big chunks.  As a kid, I hated nuts in anything, so my mom hardly ever put nuts in her baked goods.  Here is the first recipe I am posting, as my kids and husband devoured these in one day.  I made them in mini-muffin cups.  This should make approximately 12 muffins, or 48 mini muffins.  Mine did not make 48 mini muffins, but then I filled the cups quite full.  If your kids need a little more fiber in their diet, you can always stir in some Benefiber, I did.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • a little cinnamon ( to taste) I just sprinkled over the top of the batter.
  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth.  Don’t over-stir or the muffins may get dry.  Scoop into muffin pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
Nutritional Information –

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 187

  • Total Fat: 5.8g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Sodium: 275mg
  • Total Carbs: 32.3g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 2.6g