Banana Oats

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: December 12, 2012
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 15 minutes

This recipe is subtitled “A Perfect Baby Cereal” and that is a pretty good description. The contributor tells us it was her baby’s first cereal and is still his favorite four years later. She just doesn’t grind the oats as finely.

Cooking the oats in milk instead of water means no milk has to be added at the table. So the cereal is “thick enough to stay on an upside-down spoon” as baby learns to feed herself. The banana also supplies all the sweetening needed. So no starting baby on a sugar addiction.

And grown-ups can enjoy the cereal as well. It tastes good. For adults and older children, just don’t grind the oats as finely—or even at all.

Banana Oats

Banana oats
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup milk
½ ripe banana
½ cup milk

Grind rolled oats in a blender or processor until very fine.
Gradually stir the 1 cup cold milk into the oats, then pour into a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low simmer.
Simmer for four minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and let stand, covered another five minutes.
Meanwhile, blend the banana with the other ½ cup of milk until frothy.
Stir into the cooked oats and serve.

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Banana Pancakes

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: July 7, 2012
Yield: 4-6 pancakes
Time needed: 10-15 minutes

You can tell from the list of ingredients that this contributor to the Parkdale Pot Luck Cookbook regularly has vegan ingredients on hand.  If you haven’t tried rice milk or carob chips yet, now is your chance.  Don’t have time to shop for them?  Just use your regular milk and chocolate chips.  Butter, margarine or a light vegetable oil can replace the coconut oil but won’t give the same delightful flavour.

I made these rather thick and hearty this morning, but if you prefer a thinner, lighter pancake, just adjust the quantities of flour and rice milk to get the desired consistency.

 

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

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