Will and Leah love being in the kitchen and helping out Mom. Usually this equates to fighting with each other for “the tall stool”, complaining because they didn’t get the first turn or sticking their hands in the peanut butter jar for a taste. But I know it’s fun for them to help out and a good teaching tool and a lesson in taking turns and being gracious. (Oh, and did I mention it’s teaching me great amounts of patience?) For a kid-friendly, healthy snack that your children can help you make, try this variation on the Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe that I found at This Chick Cooks.
4 bananas, sliced and frozen
1/2 cup oats, pulsed until fine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup almond milk
3/4 cup regular milk
Leah loved pressing the “pulse” button on our Cuisinart to chop up the oats.
Will broke up the bananas into pieces and added them to the mix. (P.S. I forgot to use frozen bananas, so I threw in a few ice cubes.)
Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor, blend until smooth!
We doubled the original recipe (which serves two) for the four of us and we had some leftover. I added another 1/4 cup of milk, bringing the milk up to 1 3/4 cups as shown above. We used almond milk because it has proven to be easier on our stomachs and as a nursing mom, Jude tolerates it better!
Tasty and healthy–what could be better? (And the mustache to prove it!)