I am not a morning person. Add to this two kids that need to get to school and yet apparently find the concept of shoes impossible and well…mornings don’t go quite as well as they should. I have found though that one thing has made my mornings a bit more bearable though and that is this super simple healthy granola recipe. How does homemade granola help? Well, put simply, if you are the kind of person that makes your own granola then you must be doing something right, right?! I’m happy to admit that it puts a slight bit of smug in my step (I’m eating homemade granola! How right on am I?!) and as I tend to add loads of fresh fruit to it too I know that I’m starting off my day really healthily too. The added bonus is that this is super easy to make, a fact that can be easily verified by the fact that my three year old helped to make this.
Do your kids ever waste food? No hang on, are there any kids that have never wasted any food?! With two small kids I’m sure that the average meal means more food ends up under the table than it does in their tummies and then of course there’s the other issue, food that they really, really want and then of course refuse to eat. Which is where these frozen smartie desserts come in.
Are your kids healthy eaters? Mine are better than they used to be (woohoo!) but they’re still not as big fans of healthy food as I’d like them to be (boo!). I was challenged by Disney and BritMums to come up with some fun Disney inspired food to get my kids to eat a healthy breakfast and a vegetable snack so we took inspiration from their favourite Disney films, Frozen and The Lion King to make some food that I thought they’d try out! You can watch the video below to see how well it went and check out my instructions for these fun ideas in the post below!
The small thing is not the greatest eater. I’ve tried Baby Led Weaning, I’ve tried Annabel Karmel, I’ve tried softly weeping while he won’t even look at something beautiful from the River Cottage book that took me hours to make. His favourite meal would probably be rice cakes and water. In essence it’s like living with a fourteen year old girl.
But what a shock, he likes cakes! Pfft… This contains two types of fruit and therefore must be pretty close to being nutritionally perfect, right?
Stupidly Easy Banana and Raisin Cake
(This is taken from nibblous but has a couple of changes)
4oz butter or margarine
6oz any sugar you can find
8oz self raising flour
2 or 3 very ripe bananas
A couple of handfuls of raisins
Heat the oven to gas mark 4; 180C
Grease a loaf tin.
Mash the bananas
Cream the butter and sugar together and mix in the eggs
Mix together the two yellow sludges and the raisins
Mix in the flour.
Scrape into the loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes. Check it’s cooked by popping a knife through the centre and if it doesn’t come out clean then then lower the temperature to gas mark 2; 150C and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Wait for it to cool slightly then pop out onto a wire tray and then eat. You could wait until it’s properly cool first but I’ve yet to manage this…