Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Banana and oatmeal are a match made in heaven. Enjoy these yummy muffins for breakfast or as a snack–kids love them, and they’ll love helping out in the kitchen, too!

Makes ~12 muffins

INGREDIENTS

Non-perishables

  • 1 1/2 cups white or whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Cooking spray or oil to grease the muffin pan

Fresh/Frozen

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup milk (any milk of your choice–soy, almond, rice, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Optional: 1/2 cup grated carrots or zucchini
  • Optional: 1 cup blueberries or walnuts

Seasoning

  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • 12-cup muffin pan
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Oven

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas very well, then stir in applesauce, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until just combined. At this point, you can fold in the optional ingredients (berries, nuts, carrots, zucchini).
  5. Pour batter evenly into 12 muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of each muffin comes out clean.

(Recipe from: http://re-play.com/blogs/show-tell/18901567-sugar-free-banana-oatmeal-muffins-kids-will-love)

Banana-Oat Smoothie

This thick smoothie is a sweet and nutritious treat that you can enjoy for breakfast or at any time of day!

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS

Non-perishables

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

Fresh/Frozen

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 banana, cut into thirds
  • 1/2 cup milk

Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp honey (brown sugar could also work!)
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • Blender

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Fruit Crumble

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If you’ve got a bunch of regular soda crackers on the verge of going stale, why not make this healthy, tasty dessert? (Here we suggest using cranberries in sauce, but you could use a (348mL) can of drained fruit cocktail, or 3 small apples, diced with skins on.)

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

Non-perishables

  • 1 (796mL) can pears, drained and chopped into pieces (NOTE: reserve 1/3 cup of the syrup!)
  • 1 (348mL) can cranberries in sauce

Fresh/Frozen

  • 1 sleeve soda crackers
  • 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter, OR 1/2 cup cooking oil

Seasoning

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon (OR 1 tsp cinnamon sugar)
  • 1 tbsp sugar

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • Oven
  • 8×8 inch baking dish/pan (or ~9-inch diameter round baking pan)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 370F.
  2. Prepare crumble: crunch soda crackers into a mixing bowl. Do not make fine crumbs, but leave small chunks. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter/margarine/oil and stir well (should look like moist coarse sand).
  3. In an 8×8-inch baking pan (or ~9-inch diameter round baking pan), combine pears and cranberries. Add 1 tbsp sugar and 1/3 cup pear syrup. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes in oven, or until juices bubble up and crust is golden brown.