Friday, April 23, 2010

Fall/winter babies more prone to food allergies

A recent study found that children born in the fall or wintertime were much more likely to have food allergies. Ainsley was born in late November so she certainly falls into the higher-risk group. She was also born by c-section, which raises the risk that a child will have food allergies. My second daughter, Leighton, was born in the spring and I avoided a c-section that time - she has no food allergies. Can you guess who will try her best not to have another fall/winter c-section baby?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Best banana pancakes

Tonight my five-year-old begged for pancakes with banana in them. I am a pro at making blueberry, strawberry, and chocolate chip pancakes, but have never added banana before. I experimented a little and came up with this exceedingly yummy recipe ...

Banana Pancakes

1 C white flour
1 C whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp water, 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp. baking powder, mixed together
2 C plain or vanilla soymilk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1-2 Tbsp wheat germ (optional)
3 bananas, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

Combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the water/oil/baking powder mixture. After a few seconds, add other wet ingredients to mixture. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until just blended (mixture can still be lumpy). Add sliced bananas.

Heat griddle or skillet, spray with vegetable oil. Spoon batter onto griddle/skillet to make small (approx 4-inch) pancakes. Cook until slightly browned on each side. Serve topped with dairy-free butter and pure maple syrup.

Makes approximately 12 pancakes.

We added a few slices of bacon and voila - a perfect brinner (breakfast-for-dinner)!