Today’s Guest Blogger – Lauren of Crumb Bums

I’m so excited for Lauren of Crumb Bums to be my guest blogger today (especially since it’s been forever since I’ve had a guest blogger). And especially since it’s Lauren!

Lauren is the wife of one of my old co-workers who I became fast friends with (mainly virtually since they now live in St. Louis).  I’m happy to say that since she and Andrew moved away over a year ago, our blogs and common interests (including natural child birth, healthy eating/cooking, and many more) have kept us in regular contact.

If you read her blog, you will quickly see what an incredibly energetic, loving, fun, creative and thoughtful mom she is to her three ridiculously cute boys (see the little Crumb Bums below). Lauren, you truly make me look forward to being a mom one day. Thank you so much for sharing a piece of your life and bread with us this morning!

 

Healthy Snacks for Kids

With 3 boys under the age of 5, we go through our share of snacks around here. And though we occasionally indulge in some not-so-healthy munchies, there are so many healthy options that are just as easy that we can feel good about giving our boys. Not only are we nourishing little growing bodies, we are also responsible for culturing a taste for healthy, nourishing foods for when our kids are adults.

This past weekend, be made a super-healthy banana bread with chia powder (if you’re not familiar with the health benefits of chia, check out Annie’s past post about it!) and whole wheat flour. It’s texture is dense and sweet, perfect for an afternoon snack!
My four-year-old Milo helped me with this one!


Banana Bread with Chia Powder (Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant New Classics, Flaxseed Banana Bread)

Ingredients:

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain yogurt (you can use any flavor- this time we used banana mango)
3 ripe bananas (if you like yours less dense, omit one banana)
1/2 cup rolled oats, ground into flour
1/4 cup chia seeds, ground into flour (we used chia powder, but you can also use ground flaxseeds)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (bread flour works great too)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Oil a 5×9-inch bread pan
  • In a mixing bowl, mash bananas.

  • Add oil and brown sugar. Add eggs and beat well.

  • Mix in yogurt.
  • Grind rolled oats and chia seeds (or flaxseeds, if using)

  • Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then stir with a whisk until combined.

  • Add dry mixture to banana mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Pour batter into bread pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

If you don’t have an hour or more to spare, here are some good quick snacks to whip up in no time for the youngins!

Avocado on whole wheat toast with sea salt
Sesame tahini on a honey rice cake
“Ants on a log” (celery filled with natural peanut butter, with raisins)
Apple slices to dip into almond butter mixed with honey and wheat germ
A cheese plate with grapes and crackers
Veggie sticks and hummus

Enjoy your snacking! ~Lauren

13 comments

  1. Awww what a great guest post!! I’m gonna try out that banana bread recipe. I LOVE banana bread. And John and I have been adding Chia and flax to a lot of our dishes and baked goods lately! Love this! Xo

  2. What an adorable picture of 3 sons.. they look pretty healthy. Thank God. I do love banana bread. but usually distribute recipe to muffins..cause I love the crunchy top. :)

  3. I’m definately going to try this out. My kid loves anything with carbs so I always am trying to find ways to make my baked goods more nutritious. Cooking with a cape is beyond adorable :)

  4. What a great intro, ANA! Bread looks amazing and I agree – Lauren, your kids are precious and your writing is some of the best out there!

  5. Thanks, guys! And Annie, that was the sweetest thing anyone has said about me in a long time. I am so flattered. Have enjoyed getting to know you better from afar. I wish we lived closer! You are so sweet.

  6. GREAT post… How adorable are those boys! I haven’t used chia but will be trying in and that amazing bread too! Thanks for making me smile! xo, Annie!

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