Fresh Mango Banana Smoothie

My daughter had a herbst appliance put in her mouth today by our orthodontist & knowing how painful this must be, I decided to make her a liquid after-school snack to help.  I took my mango pitter – the best tool for removing a mango pit by far – & peeled the remaining flesh.  Toss that in your blender with 4 scoops of low or non-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, 1 ripe banana & 3/4 c of low fat milk or almond milk.  I also throw in some flaxseed meal (2 tbl).  Blend that in your blender (mine has a smoothie setting).  And pour into glasses with a straw.  This makes two large servings.


— Knead to Cook

Cranberry Cider Steel Cut Oats.

Oh how I love my crock pot!  It turns the simplest ingredients into magic.  This recipe is without a doubt, one of my favorites to make, especially when I have an early morning run. I come home sweating/freezing & the smells fill the kitchen.  I melt into a bowl & it refuels me.  I’m ready for the day.  Who doesn’t want that?

This recipe is super easy!  If you have a small crock pot, use that, if not, use the big daddy version.  Spray the inside vessel with a nonstick spray.  I use Pam – butter flavor.  Coat it well.  Then to that I add 1c of steel cut oats (not oatmeal).  4c of Trader Joe’s Cranberry Cider **You can use apple juice, apple cider, cranberry juice… the options are limitless.  I just use what I have on hand.  A pinch of salt.  1/8 tsp of nutmeg.  1 cinnamon stick.  1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon.  Stir it up and put the lid on.  I usually make this around 730-8p and won’t eat until 630-7a.  When I get home from my run at around 6:20 or so, I remove the lid & give it another stir.  Leave the lid off for about 10-15 minutes.  This will help thicken the oat mixture.  Ladle into bowls and top with whatever nuts you love.  I also top with Chia Seeds & dried fruit.

Chia Seed information you should know.  These seeds are known as one of nature’s  perfect foods.  They contain essential fatty acids (an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid), protein, soluble fiber, protective antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and more.  Great in smoothies as well!

This breakfast will fill you up & get you ready to battle whatever comes your way :)


— Knead to Cook

Healthy Whole Wheat {eggless} Flaxseed, Banana Pancakes

Okay thoughts of the New Year are upon us & I love healthy foods that taste great!  I came up with this recipe as we were out of eggs.  Necessity is the mother of invention, right?  The girls requested pancakes & here they are!  The recipe is super easy & totally kid approved!  My youngest, who normally eats pretty much nothing, ate 2!

1 c of Whole Wheat Flour
1.5 tsp of granulated sugar
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
2 tsp of baking soda
1 tbl of ground flaxseed meal
1 pinch of kosher table salt
1 c of almond milk (vanilla flavored) or you can use low fat white milk
1 heaping tablespoon of applesauce
1 tbl water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbl of melted butter or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (lower calories)
1 ripe banana chopped up into smaller chunks


Combine all of the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl.  Add the wet ingredients and mix with a whisk.  Avoid over-mixing.  Add the banana last.
Spray your skillet with a nonstick spray.  Heat a large skillet over medium flame.  SWhen hot, ladle some batter into the pan.  Flip the pancake when bubbles appear & the side down that is cooking is golden brown.
You can certainly add any variety of fruit you like – blueberries, blackberries etc.  Again, add at the end of the blending process and mix by hand.  I added chocolate chips with the bananas.  I used a palmful to gauge the quantity.


— Knead to Cook