Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

I love chocolate. I’m not going to lie, to me it’s the best thing since sliced bread. While we do have the occasional real ice cream treat, it’s always nice to eat something guilt free. It’s also nice to be able to share something with both my kids without thinking about the sugar content and what’s in it. That said, I’m all about balance! So do what you do.

This has a lot of healthy fat including avocado and coconut oil. The hardest part about this recipe is remembering to put some ripe bananas in the freezer the night before. That’s it super easy and clean.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas (sliced)
  • 1 tbs. Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbs. agave
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Slice bananas and freeze in a ziplock bag
  2. In a food processor combine all ingredients, and blend until desired consistency
  3. You can either freeze it for later or enjoy immediately
  4. If you freeze it for later, let it sit in room temperature for a a few minutes before serving for easy scooping, and a little bit creamier texture
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/03/healthy-chocolate-ice-cream/

Also, if you are ready for self feeding, or do Baby Led Weaning like us, you have to try out these Num Num spoons! There’s no wrong way to use because it’s flat. The innovative design requires no scooping or balancing.  My baby gets so excited to use it because it gives him independence. Better yet, you my friend, can eat YOUR food and not tend to your baby for at least 5 minutes. Now you know that’s priceless.  The non slip bowl is also top notch. The No-Slip,  No-Tip Design, facilitates learning to self=feed.

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French Toast Roll Ups

I’ve made something like these French toast roll ups in the past with other ingredients. This version this includes ones that are more ready available. You’ll probably find what you need in your refrigerator now. It’s a great way to make a meal more fun for the kids and packs in protein and fruit. The fillings are endless!

French Toast Roll Ups

Ingredients

  • Bread
  • Cream Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs. milk
  • Sliced fruit of choice (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, etc.)
  • Butter

Instructions

  1. Flatten bread with a rolling pin or glass
  2. Remove ends of bread (optional)
  3. Spread cream cheese on one end of bread
  4. Top with sliced fruit, roll tightly
  5. Tip: Do not overfill!
  6. In a bowl, combine one egg and milk
  7. Dip filled roll ups into egg mixture, removing excess
  8. In a pan, on medium heat, add butter and brown rollups on all sides until brown
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/03/french-toast-roll-ups/

Sweet Potato Banana Bites

Mornings are always rushed at my house. Whether it’s because I have to run to work, or if I’m in a hurry to get my youngest down for his nap. The start of our mornings are always challenging. Making these baby friendly muffins ahead of time saves me a ton of time. And yes, you can have veggies for breakfast!

Best of all, you can add toppings to these muffins like chocolate chips, or sliced almonds. I just choose to make it simple for my 10 month old. We don’t offer sugar quite yet, unless it’s non refined. But for my 3-year-old chocolate chips are fair game.

Sweet Potato Banana Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. sweet potato (steamed)
  • 1/2 c. banana (mashed)
  • 4 tbs. wheat flour
  • 2 eggs (scrambled)
  • 2 tbs. almond butter/nutbutter
  • Dash of cinammon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 375F
  2. In a large bowl, scramble eggs
  3. Mix in the mashed sweet potato, mashed banana, flour, nut butter, and dash of cinnamon
  4. Combine until well incorporated
  5. Pour into greased muffin tin
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes
  7. Serve with butter, or drizzle honey for a sweeter variety (no honey before age 1)
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/01/sweet-potato-banana-bites/

P.S. See that super cute ring I’m wearing? It’s from Emma J. Company.  Part of the proceeds go to No Kid Hungry with each purchase from the Emma J. Dawn McCoy Collection, $6 goes to NKH. Here’s a closeup, it’s so lovely!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Rollups

Tis the season for pumpkin! Every fall, I make pumpkin rolls. You know the one that involves a lot of work., but is so yummy that you end up making it regardless? This year however, I have my hands full with two kids. Nevertheless, my pumpkin roll cravings are still going strong. One afternoon, I improvised, and that day, I bit into the best pumpkin cream cheese rollups I’ve ever tasted.

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Pumpkin Roll Ups

 

This is a such a great, easy fix to my cravings.  It has the perfect crunch with a creamy warm filling. Best of all, you can make just one or two rollups, instead of baking a whole roll. You also don’t need an oven or mixer.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Rollups

Ingredients

  • 5 slices bread (fresh is best)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs. milk
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree
  • 2-3 tbs. butter
  • 3 tbs. cream cheese

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix pumpkin puree and 1 tbs. brown sugar, set aside
  2. Using a rolling pin or glass, flatten bread by rolling. Cut ends of bread if desired
  3. Spread cream cheese on one end of the bread
  4. Top with pumpkin puree mixture
  5. Roll like a tube
  6. In a pan, add butter
  7. Brown all sides
  8. Dip and roll in remaining brown sugar
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/10/pumpkin-cream-cheese-rollups/

Fire Truck Paw Patrol Party

I’m so excited to share my son’s 3rd Birthday party photos!  For those who have followed me along my Easy Toddler Meals journey, you’ll know my son Colin is why this blog exists. It was one day back in 2014 when he decided to show me his great eating habits. From then on out, he inspired me to cook meals daily. OK, now on to the fun stuff.. the theme. Although I’d really love to plan floral and rainbow themes someday,  I’ve been blessed with two boys. It’s all about fire trucks and cars these days. He loves Paw Patrol and fire trucks so I made his wish come true with a Fire Truck Paw Patrol Party.
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By the way, If you don’t know me personally, you probably don’t know I love to craft. It’s my favorite pastime especially when the boys are all sleeping. I call it my therapy for a long exhausting day of work (my other job) and being a stay at home as well.

One of the favorite things about this party is my homemade fire truck. The kids used it as a photo prop to take home memories of the day. It was a bit challenging, but I’m happy how it came out. We recently bought a car seat and it was the perfect shape for a car. From there I painted and used my imagination.  I’ll list some supplies I used here:

  • Siren – foam covered with blue cellophane  
  • Windows – construction paper
  • Tires – painted
  • Front grill – silver masking tape covered foam
  • Ladder – Foam

Fire Truck

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I also created an “Adopt a Puppy” table so all his friends could take a puppy home. It was complete with an adoption certificate and tags.

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On to the dessert table. After Colin’s first birthday party , featured by the fabulous Kara’s Party Ideas, I didn’t want to have  so much left over from the dessert table. I wanted a simple and clean look for this year’s party. We bought cupcakes from my favorite cupcakery, My Delight Cupcakery. From red velvet, to cupcakes that tastes like the perfect breakfast in one bite, we had it covered! Yes… that’s bacon on a cupcake. The mini size is the perfect size, to make you want about 10 more.  So delicious!

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colin_birthday-22I also tried making my own royal icing cookies. They weren’t perfect, but definitely made with love. Ps: Did you know it takes 2-3 days to make them? I have so much respect for bakers!
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The table settings for the kiddos were especially fun for me to create. I’ve seen a ton of paw prints for fire truck themed parties, and I wanted to be a little unique. I used black and white polka dots plates to add some contrast.

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I personalized the fire chief hats with Colin’s Fire crew stickers to have that extra detail. We also used these fire hydrant cups.

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The adults had a similar place setting without all the props. I did however, see some try on the fire hat for size *wink wink.

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Last but not least, I’d like to thank my new found friend Dawnley of Dawnley B Photography Personality is everything when working with a photographer. She is so fun to work with and super nice. She captured all the wonderful moments of our party and we will cherish the photographs Check out her work,  she’s amazing!

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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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Flu Fighter Jellies

Some of you have toddlers starting preschool soon. Or you might have older kids going back to school. Unfortunately, the start of school season marks the start of flu season. It’s never fun to see our kids sick. I’m a firm believer of using nature’s nutritious foods to stay healthy. Why not arm your kid’s bodies against the cold and flu with these flu fighter jellies?

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Studies show that loading up on vitamin c may help shorten the length of time you’re sick and reduce the severity symptoms. And while the first fruit that comes to mind when I think of vitamin c is an orange, there are many more common fruits and veggies filled with more vitamin c.  Kiwis pack the ultimate vitamin C punch. It has 137 mg of vitamin C and also rich in potassium and copper. Oranges only have 51 mg. That’s more than double!

Flu Fighter Fruit Jellies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. pureed kiwi
  • 3 tbs. gelatin powder
  • 2-3 tbs. honey or to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut kiwi for easy blending
  2. Puree kiwi and add gelatin powder
  3. Microwave for 60-90 seconds
  4. Whisk in honey
  5. Using a dropper fill gummy bear mold
  6. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 24 hours (the longer it sits the firmer it becomes)
  7. You can also use fruit juice, see below.
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/08/flu-fighter-jellies/

P.S. you can also add 1/2 c. fruit juice to create a mixed flavor. Sprinkle gelatin into fruit juice and microwave for 60-90 seconds then whisk in kiwi and honey. Every 1/2 c. of juice or kiwi I would use about 3 tbs. of gelatin powder.

TIP:

  • Eat immediately, or store in the fridge, it doesn’t do too well packed
  • Don’t over blend the kiwi, the seeds will turn bitter!
  • Use sweet fruit! If it’s sour to begin with, the jellies will end up sour.
  • This is more of a jelly consistency. For a harder texture use other fruit like pureed strawberries, grape juice or apple juice

Thanks Zespri Kiwifruit for sponsoring this post! It’s our new go-to kiwi fruit. The sun gold variety is hairless and has a delectable tropical sweet taste. We can’t get enough of it! Did you also know that kiwi is a natural tenderizer? Check out this recipe here: Summer Skewers

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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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