Avocado Grilled Cheese Sticks

The grilled cheese sandwich is often a childhood favorite for many. I think every kid enjoys the cheesy bread. My goal with every meal is to try to serve all food groups. That’s why I decided to make it a tad bit healthier by adding an avocado to it! I also coated the bread with a milk and egg mixture for added protein. This avocado grilled cheese sticks recipe is so easy to whip up and so delicious. It’s also perfect for little fingers to grasp and hold. Give it a whirl, you can’t go wrong!

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Avocado Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs. milk
  • 2-4 slices of bread
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • 1-2 slices cheese of choice
  • 1 tbs.butter

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, scramble egg and add milk, set aside
  2. In another bowl, mash avocado, set aside
  3. Place mashed avocado onto bread, top with cheese, then add second layer of bread (like a sandwich)
  4. Carefully, cut the filled sandwich into strips
  5. Dip each strip in the egg mixture
  6. In a pan, on medium add butter and cook strips. Brown all sides of strips and serve
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/09/avocado-grilled-cheese-sticks/

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

I went for a walk with a neighbor recently and we started talking about recipes.  She raved over a cookie recipe that had no flour. I was intrigued. What? A cookie, with no flour, but still tasty and delicious? I’m in! I’ve always skipped over flour less recipes, because we do love our carbs around here. I don’t think I will go back to any other recipe, after trying this flourless chocolate chip cookies recipe. That kind of says a lot. I love this!

IF all lo-carb foods tastes as good as this chocolate chip cookie recipe, I might be trying my hand at more recipes. Frankly, I could always eat a little healthier.

This flourless chocolate chip cookie is nutty, still relatively soft, and has all the goodness of a cookie without the extra carbs. It’s toddler approved and husband approved. My husband comes from a huge baking family and well, he’s very picky. This got two thumbs up.

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To make this paleo and even less carbs use walnuts instead of cashews. I’m no expert with this eating lifestyle, so double check.  Before you knock it down because it has no flour.. check out this texture! And better yet.. no bananas! Nothing against the awesome yellow fruit, but sometimes we get banana’d out.

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Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups almond meal
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cashews, raw chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, for a sweet and salty cookie add a little more
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, divided
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients (almond meal, chocolate chips, cashews, salt, baking soda)
  3. In another bowl, whisk egg and add honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract
  4. Mix dry and wet ingredients together
  5. Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper
  6. Using a cookie scooper add cookie mixture
  7. Use a spoon (greased with a little coconut oil) or small bowl to flatten cookie. The cookie will not expand while baking so it will stay the size you press it down to.
  8. Bake for 10-13 minutes
  9. Allow to cool before removing from parchment paper to prevent sticking and also allowing it to mold together. Tip: it will feel crumbly, but will mold together while cooling
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/08/flourless-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Recipe adapted from Fed and Fit

Healthy Banana Muffins

I woke up with a leg cramp when I decided to make this.  I’m not a doctor, but I remember my physician telling me to eat bananas when I get a leg cramp because the potassium in the yellow fruit helps. On top of that my son won’t stop talking about banana bread lately. My food inspiration comes from weird places doesn’t it?

The bananas sitting on my counter were super ripe, so naturally I decided to make banana muffins.  Since I’ve been eating a lot of what I make for my son lately, I made healthy banana muffins!

If you’re wondering what’s healthier about this recipe, it only has 1 tbs of butter and uses coconut sugar. No oil!  According to the Huffington Post, coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than white sugar. That means it doesn’t raise your blood sugar as quickly as white sugar.

Healthy Banana Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tbs butter, softened or slightly melted
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 c. crushed walnuts

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugar
  2. In another bowl, lightly beat eggs, add crushed bananas, and vanilla and combine
  3. In another bowl, mix flour, soda, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture. Add applesauce and combine well, but do not overmix. Add crushed walnuts if desired
  4. Grease muffin tin by lightly spraying with cooking spray or use silicone cupcake liners
  5. Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes (depends on size of muffin tin used, so use a toothpick to check if it comes out clean) Check frequently!
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/08/healthy-banana-muffins/

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I bought the silicone cupcake liners here —>  Star shape and Heart Shape and Round I can’t live without these because it’s so easy to clean! No scrubbing metal muffin tins 😉

I’m so excited to share this recipe. Can you believe there’s no oil in this recipe? But.. still so moist! Don’t believe me? Take a look below. Healthy Banana Muffins

 

BIG TIP: Cook time will vary depending on what kind of pan you use. My mini muffins took about 10-12 minutes and mini loaf pans about 15. PLEASE check it often and poke with a toothpick until it comes out clean.

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Broccoli Cheddar Muffins

Have you ever had a savory muffin? While I do love sweet muffin varieties,  sometimes a little change is a good thing. Plus, when it comes to breakfast, I’d prefer savory. I’m always trying to create fast on the go meals that include as many of the food groups as possible. This broccoli cheddar muffins recipe is tasty and packed with all kinds of goodness!

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In case I haven’t persuaded you to go make this yet.. check out what it looks like on the inside!

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Without further due.. here’s the recipe (actually, my second son who used to sleep 12 hours is going through a sleep regression, and well, I can’t keep writing, because he just woke up!)

Okay, I digress, here it is!

P.S. this is SUPER toddler approved by my almost “threenager”

Broccoli Cheddar Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 24 Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C. flour
  • 1tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 c. grated or blended broccoli florets, raw
  • 3 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick of melted unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a bowl, mix first 6 incredients until well combined (flour, baking powder, sugar, broccoli, and cheese)
  3. In another bowl mix milk, egg, and melted butter
  4. Mix flour mixture and milk mixture until well combined (don't overmix!)
  5. Grease muffin tin or use these for easy cleaning silicone liners
  6. Fill tin or liners 3/4 of the way (enough to leave for rising)
  7. Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/07/broccoli-cheddar-muffins/

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Festive Fruit Flag

Hope everyone is having a great Fourth of July weekend!

Here’s a simple festive fruit flag to do with or for the kids.  Fruit FlagAll you need is fruit and some measuring spoons.

Picky Food Eater Tip: Try out these affordable picks for fussy eaters. Makes eating fun and every kid I know loves to poke there food because it makes them feel like they’re doing it themselves.

Festive Fruit Flag

Ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Pears or Bananas
  • Blueberries

Instructions

  1. Using a measuring spoon, make balls from watermelon and pears
  2. Form a flag (see video)
  3. Enjoy!
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How to Pit a Cherry

I pass by bags of cherries at the grocery store every time I go. I never buy them because frankly I don’t have time to  pit them for my toddler. This past week however, I wanted cherries for myself. I mean how could i resist, its cherry season after all. Here’s what I came up with!

My little man helped me too in with it and he had fun! He then helped me cut it with his knife. It’s sharp enough to cut fruit and some veggies but won’t cut skin.

$8.95 for THREE on Amazon –> Kids Knives

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Healthy Banana Nut Muffin Top

“The perfect NO SUGAR option dessert is just the right size for you and the littles”

Oh the muffin top. Not the one you’re thinking of that spills out of your pants, but the wonderful perfectly domed top of a baked muffin. Whenever I make or buy muffins, I find myself picking at the top and well, giving away the rest of it to my husband. He calls me the mouse that runs around the house at night and eats the tops of muffins. What can I say? I love the finer things in life and frankly, my current other “muffin top” doesn’t need to be fed the whole muffin.

This banana nut chocolate chip muffin top is so yummy and enough to satisfy the cravings. It’s hard to believe in 3 more months my second son will be eating solids. This won’t be his first food of course, but I’ll save it for my back pocket when he becomes more of an advanced eater.

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This recipe has no sugar, aside from the chocolate chips (which you could leave out), but I included a sweeter alternative in the recipe below.

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Fun fact: 1 cup of sugar is 773 calories while 1 cup of applesauce is 166. So it may be worth a try! But again for a sweeter variety add sugar.

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffin Top

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 Muffin Tops

Ingredients

  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 1 c. applesauce, sub for 1 c. sugar if you like the sweeter variety, or 1/2 c. applesauce, 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas and mix in wet ingredients
  3. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients
  4. Combne dry ingredients mixture iand wet ingredients mixture
  5. Do not overmix
  6. Add walnuts and chocolate chips if desired
  7. In a muffin top pan , add mixture in each circle. Fill about 3/4 through
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, use a toothpick to check doneness

Notes

The no sugar option, is obviously less sweet. I personally like just a hint of sweetness in some baked goods. Substitute applesauce with sugar or half and half for a much sweeter variety.

http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/06/healthy-banana-nut-muffin-top/

Easy Banana Bites

“Jazz up the ordinary curvy yellow fruit  and enjoy these no cook easy banana bites !”

Bananas are a staple at our house. It’s so versatile for recipes, smoothies, and even pancakes. It’s probably the easiest fruit to bring along to for a snack! I mean, come on,  it’s wrapped in its own very convenient packaging.

On one busy morning, however, I had absolutely no time to cook anything. I quickly saw bananas on my counter and said to myself, “OK, that’s his breakfast.” I try to always serve him a complete meal with as many food groups as I can and had to think of a way to add protein. This is how this recipe came about. Problem is, he wanted 3 bananas, and it took him longer to eat each banana bite, than it would take me to cook a full breakfast spread. But that’s ok, he really enjoyed these. I paired it with some other fruit and some yogurt and called it a day.

P.S. Do you know how hard it was for him to take the picture below? He was so patient and so incredibly cute waiting for mommy to capture the photo. I gave him one banana bite, and he kept saying, “Again!”  This is his new word for more. It makes me incredibly happy to cook for this little man. Well in this case, happy to prepare, since this requires no cooking at all!

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P.S.S. You can buy almond meal at your local grocery store. I bought this one from Trader Joes, but it’s also available online here.  If unavailable, you can always blend almonds in your blender (must be a powerful one.)

 

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Easy Banana Bites

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Peel bananas and cut into small round pieces
  2. Prepare two small bowls
  3. Bowl #1 - Almond Meal
  4. Bowl #2 - Coconut
  5. Dip banana in bowl #1, then 2.
  6. Enjoy!
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Green Monster Veggie Muffins

Calling all picky eater parents! I feel you. If you’re tired of smoothies, try this veggie muffin!

My oldest son recently had a 24 hour bug. It’s super hard to see them sick but it’s even harder to know they haven’t eaten for some time. I’m thankful his illness was short-lived, but as he got better, his normally hefty appetite didn’t come back.  It’s been days since he got the bug and still no appetite, except for toast and fruit. I panicked!

Today I decided to make baking an activity.  I’ve found if he’s involved in the cooking procedures he is eats the fruits of his labor.  Sure enough, he ate FOUR of item.
It probably acted as an appetizer for him because he topped it off with a bowl of rice, chicken, sweet potato and boiled egg. I’m so excited he’s back!

Green Monster Veggie Muffins

This muffin isn’t the most photogenic, but it tastes great and is packed with several fruits and vegetables. It has apples, bananas, spinach, and carrots. I also used coconut oil instead of vegetable. In the past,  I’ve cut down the sugar by a tablespoon and it’s still delicious!

Tip: you can also blend the carrots in with the wet ingredients, if you have super picky eater who picks out veggies out of their food.

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Green Monster Veggie Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 c. apple sauce
  • 1/2 c. spinach
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 c. almond meal
  • 3 tbs. sugar
  • 3 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1.5 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. shredded carrots
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Blend apple sauce, spinach, banana, almond meal, sugar, and coconut oil
  3. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, boaking soda, salt
  4. Add in shredded carrots
  5. Grease a muffin pan and bake for 15-17 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/green-monster-veggie-muffins/

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Hash Brown Egg Cups

I’m leaving the boys for a few hours to have some much needed alone time as my Mother’s Day present.  When I do, I always try to leave something fast an easy for them to snack on. Hash Brown Egg Cups on PlateWhile egg quiches and low carb egg bites are sometimes the way to go, this has potatoes. I decided to add some carbohydrates so it’s more of a complete meal.

I put a few cups in the freezer to see if it freezes well. I’ll update this post when I reheat them.

Hash Brown Egg Cups

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 c. thawed hash brown potatoes
  • 1/2 c. chopped turkey bacon
  • 1/3 c. shredded cheddar cheee
  • 1/4 c. peas
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together
  3. Spray a muffin tin thoroughly with cooking spray, or use muffin liners
  4. Add hashbrowns
  5. Add egg mixture in each muffin tin hole
  6. Cook for 15-20 minutes (depends on muffin tin size)
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/hash-brown-egg-cups/

I packed it in a Yumbox (affl. link)  so I had a quick snack if I got hungry.