Can you believe that my son will be starting school in 2 weeks?
My little 4 year old will be going to school every single day full time.
He’ll be working more than I do now.
The only similarity is that we aren’t getting paid for it.
I know, that was a lame joke.
We’ve been trying to cram in as much Mom and son time as we can before he heads off to Junior Kindergarten.
We’ve gone to the park. Watched boats motor by at the waterfront. Splash pads. Beaches. Eating our weight in ice cream.
Oh and one of my favourite things to do with him, baking.
We’ve been putzing around the kitchen our during rainy days.
You see, Chunky is in for quite the culture shock when he realizes that he won’t be allowed to bring peanut butter sandwiches to school.
Peanut butter and Jam sandwichs has been his lunch staple for 3 years.
His school is a peanut free environment.
So I’ve been on the hunt for fun, healthy tasty alternatives that he’ll enjoy eating.
I came across this recipe on Life Made Delicious and thought that I’d give it a try since it incorporated some of Chunky’s favourite things:
Bananas, Raisins and….
Run with me here…these are really good.
BANANA RAISIN MUFFINS
1 cup (250 mL) mashed ripe bananas
- 2/3 cups (150 mL) milk
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 2 cups (500 mL) CHEERIOS* cereal, finely crushed
- 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cups (175 mL) raisins
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp (12 mL) baking powder
- (*I added a dash of cinnamon to the mixture)
The best part of this recipe is letting your child crush the CHEERIOS*
- Heat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Spray bottoms of 12 regular size muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray. (*I used mini muffin tins so that the muffins would be small enough for packing in lunches and small enough for my 4 year old appetite.)
- Combine bananas, milk, oil and egg.
- Stir in remaining ingredients until just moistened.
- Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
- Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan. (* For the mini muffins I cut down the cooking time to 10 minutes. You may need to play around with this time with your oven)
They fit perfectly in children’s lunches!
But the best part is….
The boy child loves them!
I doubt that he’s going to miss his peanut butter sandwiches! (But I’ll miss eating my lunch with him…sniff…hold me guys)
Not only are these a perfect healthy snack, they are a great “to-go breakfast”…even for us adults.
You can find more wonderfully tasty recipes at Life Made Delicious.
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