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Baked Banana Nut Oatmeal

This morning we woke up to some overly ripe bananas and since we’ve already made banana bread (2x) and banana muffins, I suggested we mash them up in some oatmeal. My kid responded with “how about baked oatmeal?” and a recipe was born!

My kid loves it when we bake a really big batch of oatmeal so that he can have it for several mornings in a row. He really liked the Peaches & Cream Oatmeal we made, but now it has some competition! The last thing he mentioned before drifting off to sleep tonight was having more baked banana oatmeal in the morning. This kind of oatmeal lasts for several days in the fridge and gets more and more casserole-like as the days progress. Now for the recipe… Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Rebecca & Gus // Jul 10th, 2010 // Breakfast, Healthy

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Our good friends, Lev and Sandy, announced they were pregnant with their first kid (a boy) when I was very close to giving birth to our son. We were thrilled that the two boys would be the same age. Just a few days ago, Lev and Sandy announced they’ve got a new bun in the oven… just in time for our #2 kids to be BFF. We are beyond thrilled for them and excited that Sandy enlisted her kid to do a guest spot on the blog today. Isn’t the mess of curls on this kid adorable? Here’s what Sandy had to say:

My son was so excited when he heard that he would be doing a guest spot on the “Cooking with My Kid” blog.  It was perfect timing because our neighbors just had a baby and we wanted to bake something for them.  They requested something sweet with chocolate.  We decided on banana chocolate chip bread (one of my son’s favorites).  We figured the banana, almond meal and whole wheat flour added some healthfulness and everyone needs a little chocolate, right?

Simple Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 50-55 mins

4 large very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup almond meal (trader joe’s has a great one)
½ cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Grease a loaf pan with oil or butter and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients in order listed and put in pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until edges are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Super easy and super yummy!

Sandy says “*We’ve also made this recipe with pureed pumpkin and pureed sweet potato instead of the banana with great results.”

posted by Rebecca & Gus // Apr 10th, 2010 // Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Snacks

Mom’s Banana Bread

Sometimes you have to throw super-healthy out the window and go with what tastes good. In honor of that we made my mom’s famous banana bread and it was as good as I remembered. Then again, how could it be bad with a whole stick of butter plus buttermilk? Mom, you are the best!

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 45 mins to 1 hour

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter (room temp)
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas (very well mashed)
1/2 to 1 cup pecans pieces and/or mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, mashed bananas and milk. Add flour mixture a little at a time and continue to mix. Fold in nuts / chocolate chips and stir together. Pour into a well creased loaf pan and bake for 45 mins to an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

My kid wanted this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now he wants to make it every morning. I’ve created a banana monster.

posted by Rebecca & Gus // Mar 4th, 2010 // Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks, Veggie Friendly

Health Nut Banana Bread

guilt free banana bread

We love banana bread in this house, but it’s not exactly healthy. I’m all for “healthy” but I refuse to sacrifice taste.  This morning we decided to do a bit of experimenting to see if we could make a banana bread that is both delicious and nutritious.  I think we found a winner!

Prep Time: 20 minutes  Baking Time: 50 mins to 1 hour

2 large eggs
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl, mash bananas and applesauce together. Set aside. Pour 1/2 cup chopped pecans into a small plastic bag. Smash nuts with the end of a rolling pin until pieces are very small.  Set aside. In a medium bowl beat eggs and sugar using an electric mixture until well combined – 4 or 5 minutes. Mix in mashed bananas and apple sauce.  Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Sift both flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and add to mixture; beat until just blended. Pour in nuts and combine. Do not over stir. Transfer batter to a greased and floured loaf pan.

Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.  Turn over immediately to cool slightly. Serve while warm.

Some new things we learned with this recipe: sifting, nut smashing and cleaning up. The highlight of this recipe (besides eating the finished product) was smashing the nuts. My kid couldn’t get over the fact that he was allowed to bash them with a rolling pin. Perfect recipe for a boy!

posted by Rebecca & Gus // Jan 10th, 2010 // Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks
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Cinnamon French Toast & Fruit Salad


Truthfully, I usually only have my kid do the mixing and pouring, but since this blog is about teaching him to cook, I decided to let the kid experiment!   Upon his request, he was allowed to crack the eggs himself – surprisingly he is better at it than I am. No shells to fish out!  He also got to test out his cutting skills for the very first time.  We started with a banana using a very dull child sized butter knife.  He’s addicted already.  No blood yet…

The great thing about making this Cinnamon French Toast is that Trader Joe’s does most of the work for you. They have thick cut Cinnamon Swirl Bread that comes with and without raisins.

French Toast

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 30 mins

4 eggs
2/3 cup 2% milk
4 pieces thick cut cinnamon swirl bread available at Trader Joes (my fave store)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Pour milk and eggs into 9×13 baking dish.  Whisk together. Place all 4 slices into pan until egg is fully soaked in.  (About 5 mins, this is a great time to start prepping fruit salad ingredients.)  Flip slices to soak the other side (another 5 minutes). Heat a frying pan or skillet to medium-low heat and spray with cooking spray.  Gently place bread on skillet and cook on both sides until golden brown.  Remove bread from skillet and place on cookie sheet in the oven for approx 15 minutes or until center of bread is firm. Meanwhile begin preparing fruit salad.  Serves 2 to 3.

Fruit Salad

Prep Time: 10 mins

1 pear
1 cup strawberries (washed + patted dry)
1/2 cup blueberries (washed + patted dry)
1 banana
1 clementine (peeled + separated)

Cut pear, strawberries and bananas and place in large bowl.  Add blueberries and clementine slices. Serves 2 to 3.

I must admit that the greatest thing about making this meal was that I got my kid to try something new without even asking him.  It wasn’t even the French Toast or the Fruit Salad… it was the veggie sausage!  (Morning Star Farms brand.)  He was fascinated by the idea of flipping it on the skillet and he wanted to try one when we sat down to eat.  Score!

posted by Rebecca & Gus // Dec 15th, 2009 // Breakfast, Easy Cheats, Recipes

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