Whole Wheat Banana Bread Donuts

I really love banana bread. And I should have realized sooner that given how much Lucas LOVES bananas that this would be a hit with him as well. I’ve used a classic banana bread recipe, and tweaked it a bit to make it healthier. This included subbing out the usual white flour for a mix of whole wheat and oat flours, eliminating the sugar, and substituting in some maple syrup to add sweetness. I serve one donut to Lucas for breakfast or as a snack.

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Sneaking Spinach into a Toddler’s Diet

When Lucas was a baby, and we had just started feeding him solid foods, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea. I would make him vegetables. So many vegetables that by the time he was a toddler, he would be so used to eating vegetables that he would love them. I told one of my friends this plan. She has four children, and laughed at me, but wished me luck. This didn’t deter me. Oh no, I thought my idea was brilliant.

Fast forward one year, and Lucas won’t touch vegetables. In particular, his baby puree favorite, broccoli, is evil. I think it may be the texture. He even looked at cauliflower with suspicion yesterday, announced it was broccoli (despite my husband’s claims that it was more like potatoes). To be fair, Lucas doesn’t really love potatoes either. It’s just that potatoes aren’t evil like broccoli is.

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Oh Avocado Fries, How Easy You Are To Love

I think this post will end up being an ode to avocado fries. They are: 1) easy to make; 2) impressive looking; 3) delicious. And any excuse to dip something into ranch dressing is always a win in my book. The most complicated part about this recipe is that, like all breading recipes, you want to have the various stations set up so that it’s easy to move from one dish to another.

I start like this: a plate with 1/2 a cup of whole wheat flour, a bowl with two eggs quickly whisked, and a plate with 1/2 a cup of panko bread crumbs. That way, the ingredients are all in front of you, and it goes quickly in an assembly line fashion. I serve this with ranch dressing, and Lucas gets a kick out of dipping his food. As you can tell from the video, he was requesting seconds before even finishing up the first portion.

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