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You may have seen my Instagram post yesterday about my fussy eating toddler! He used to be a great eater but due to a few factors-loss of full eating control, laziness on our part at times and just a toddler being a toddler his fussiness has gotten pretty bad.

He does tend to eat brekkie so we get porridge, fruit and a slice of toast into him then. 
We tend not to do a full meal for both lunch and dinner so it’s a snack for one or other and then an attempt at something decent for the the other. 
He usually has a snack mid morning before his nap and when he gets home from Creche the 3 days he is in and again the request for ‘bikkies’ is frequent. 
I noticed when going to my ‘go to’ homemade snacks over the last while that a lot of them contain bananas so the theme of the following recipes emerged. 

Banana Ice Cream:

Ingredients:
Β· Bananas-as many as you like to make the quantity you wish.

Method:

1.Start by peeling the bananas and chop into even pieces..

2. Place these in a bowl and into the freezer overnight.

3. Place the frozen banana in a food processor and process until smooth. This process will take a while and you’ll have to scrape down the side of your food processor multiple times with a spatula.
4. At this point, place back in a bowl and in the freezer for just about an hour or enjoy straight away as soft icecream which would be better for kids.
5. Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve.
A really easy and good one, if the sun would ever shine!

*Recipe thanks to http://paleoleap.com

Banana Pancakes:


Ingredients:
Β· 1 medium ripe banana & 2 large eggs
Method:
1. Simply mash the banana, you should have 1/3-1/2 cup.
2. Add in extra ingredients you might like at this stage-choc chips, nuts etc. Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder for fluffier, lighter pancakes.
3. Then just mix in the beaten egg and you are ready to go.
4. Making smaller pancakes works best and cook on each side for 1 minute.
A good weekend mid morning snack to serve with yoghurt and fruit. 

*Recipe thanks to http://www.thekitchn.com

 

Slim Banana Bread:

I made this a lot but then when I was with slimming world after Josh and it wasn’t very friendly as part of thier plan but it’s so easy and think it would be a good, not too naughty pregnancy snack!

Ingredients:

  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 2 cups of ground almonds
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence 
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips 
  • Handful of flaked almonds

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients above together except the flaked almonds
  2. Pour into a lined loaf tin & sprinle flaked almonds on top 
  3. Bake for 40-45 mins at 200 degrees
  4. Allow cool a little before slicing 

*Recipe thanks to http://instagram.com/healthy_dublin_gal

Banana Muffins:

You can reduce the sugar in this recipe as the bananas make them sweet. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 large bananas
  • 1⁄2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄3 cup melted butter
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • nuts (optional)

Method:

  1. Mash bananas, add sugar and the slightly beaten egg.
  2. Stir in melted butter.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients.
  4. Spoon into medium size muffin pan (I use the paper muffin cases inside pan).
  5. Bake 20 minutes at 350F degrees – 375F degrees

*Recipe thanks to www.food.com

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