We love a good family breakfast on the weekend, something different to the rush of a school morning and usually my daughter (4years old) likes to choose what we eat and then helps us to make it. She has always helped in the kitchen, she loves it and I think it is a great way to get her tasting different foods (especially raw). It has helped her to eat more willingly, is great bonding time (as a working mom I spend most of our after school time prepping lunchboxes, making dinner and afternoon snacks – so I’m in the kitchen a LOT) and teaches her a range of different skills, not limited to; measuring, following instructions, listening skills, exposure to different textures, hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.
The following recipe I found in the Fresh Living magazine. It is originally a mini pancake (flapjack) recipe but Ella wanted to use her new silicone (heart shaped) waffle mould so we made waffles instead.
- 4 bananas (800g)
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup oats (Gluten Free if you have an intolerance)
- Pinch of salt
- Toppings of your choice
- Mash bananas
- Add eggs to bananas and mix (I use an electric beater for this)
- Stir in oats and salt and leave to stand for 15minutes to thicken up
- Cook as flapjacks in a hot, oiled pan or in the oven in a silicone waffle mould (or if you have a waffle iron that would probably also work… I don’t have one so haven’t tried)
- Top with whatever you prefer (or happen to have in the fridge) – I used blueberries, plain full cream yoghurt and some raw honey.
Weekend mornings really are a fabulous opportunity for quality family time and a great way to recover from a hectic week at work. Waking up gently (let’s face it, it’s never waking up late with small children but at least you don’t have to rush out the house), bonding in the kitchen, eating a delicious, healthy family breakfast and then sipping on (hopefully) hot tea or coffee. It always gives me a sense of how important it is to appreciate each other as well as how we all need a time in our day (or week) to slow down and do very little.
Wishing you all a very relaxing Sunday and a good week ahead.