Family Meals ~ Kids can cook!

by Nicole on February 1, 2013 · 4 comments

With Family Day fast approaching, I wanted to take a family day twist to this months blog and get children in the kitchen with their parents. Teaching children to cook and bake is fun, educational and supports good nutrition. Children who learn to cook will most likely make better food choices through out their teenage years and early adulthood. It is also is a great opprotunity to connect in a positive way, so this family day make a point to invite the family in the kitchen and cook a meal or bake and maybe start a new tradition.

Banana Coconut Oat Muffins

½ cup of unbleached white flour
½ cup of whole wheat flour
¾ cup of old fashion oats
½ cup unsweetened coconut
1 tsp of baking powder
½ tsp of baking soda
½ tsp of salt
¼ cup softened butter or margarine
1 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup of sour cream or plain yogurt
1 tsp of vanilla
1 cup of mashed banana (about 3 bananas)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together dry ingredients ( first seven)

3. In another bowl, mix remaining ingredients with a hand mixer.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix gently, just until moistened.

5. Line muffin tin and fill ¾ full. (makes about 12-15)

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice Bacon February 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Thanks NicoleH. I want to get my son more involved in cooking so he grows up to be one of those guys who CAN – this would be a good one to try.

Michele March 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

But how do you get your child to stay in the kitchen baking after the eggs are broken? Apparently that’s the funnest part and kinda has to happen at the beginning, then she’s off playing!

Nicole March 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm

That is a wonderful start! It makes her feel welcome to help and even though she only helps a little right now, it opens the door for opportunity!
Not only does my 5 year old like to crack the eggs, but she now likes to help stir and use the beaters.

Kelly Cairns November 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I have sent my kids to a couple of classes at Creating Occasions. They get the kids involved making the stuff from scratch from pasta and pizzas to cupcakes, cookies and chocolates, they love it. They also do a fantastic Gingerbread Decorating in December. The perfect center piece to your table!

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