When we were kids, my mom would whip up this cold, delicious, refreshing and healthy drink for us, and I loved it so much. I imagine she came up with it in a desperate attempt to satisfy our sweet tooth when we were out of our regular treats.
But who knew that 35 years later, smoothies would be a staple in our household!
I started making it for my own kids when they were little, with the hope of giving them some extra nutrients. And also hoping that my "particular" (i.e., picky!!) girls would realize that fruit is delicious! Unfortunately, they aren't falling for it just yet, but my fruit-loving son requests Grammy's Banana Drink often!
Grammy's Banana Drink
1/2 frozen banana
some frozen pineapple
fresh squeezed orange juice (or store-bought is fine too!)
Blend banana and pineapple together and add orange juice until desired thickness. Mine tend to be leery of green drinks, but if your kid will go for it, add some fresh spinach!!
Bananas, pineapple and oranges all contain important nutrients that protect our cells from inflammation and disease and boost our immune systems. You can feel good giving this one to your kids!
My kids love breakfast, which is a bit ironic since Dad and I don't eat until noon. But I do enjoy making their favorites for them, and they've probably been a bit spoiled since we have not had to rush out the door for the past four months!
Some of their favorites include "Mom's Waffles," "Grammy's Pancakes" and these adorable "Mom's Mini Pancakes!"
These pancakes have no sugar, so I feel good about them eating them for breakfast (or let's face it, sometimes lunch or dinner too!). I do add a few mini chocolate chips for extra fun (and thus a bit of sugar), but they are still delicious without.
Here is how you make them:
Mom's Mini Pancakes
1 1/2 cups flour (I used a mix of white whole wheat and all purpose)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix the above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk with a fork:
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Next, add:
3 tablespoons melted butter
Stir until mixed well. For mini pancakes, drop by tablespoons on a skillet or griddle. Add chocolate chips, if desired, before flipping. Serve with warm natural maple syrup for dipping! Freeze the leftovers for another day!
Makes 36 mini pancakes, which is about 5-6 servings at our house. ENJOY! XO
I have been able to lead my family
to a healthier lifestyle, that even includes treats! I love being a mom, and I love to cook and bake and do projects with my kids. I hope you enjoy some of the fun things we do together too. ENJOY! XO