Confession time. But it isn’t about me. At least not directly. You see, my youngest, Ian doesn’t eat fruits or vegetables. Last night, I caught him playing with a piece of broccoli but he wasn’t eating it. Occasionally I can get small amounts of applesauce or fruity yogurt into him, but he’s one and a half, he doesn’t want Mommy to feed him anymore. So what’s a Mom to do?
Our doctor suggested vitamins, which I have, but I’ve also decided to do something I never thought I’d do. I’m hiding the fruits and vegetables in the few things I know he loves and can’t resist. Breads and desserts are high on that list.
So the other day, I found lots of healthier dessert recipes in Woman’s Day magazine. You can see our favorite here: http://www.womansday.com/Recipes/Monkey-Bars-Recipe
I’m also copying it below. I’ll add some ideas to make it your own too after the recipe.
Monkey Bars Recipe
Yield 40 Bars
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 1g
By Woman's Day Kitchen from Woman's Day September 1, 2010
1 2⁄3 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5 bananas)
3⁄4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1⁄4 cup oil
1⁄4 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp each baking soda and cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp salt
1 3⁄4 cups white whole-wheat flour
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Line a 15 x 10 x 1⁄2-in. baking pan with nonstick foil (let the foil extend about 2 in. above pan at both ends).2. Whisk mashed bananas, sugar, oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl until mixed thoroughly. Whisk in flour just until blended; gently stir in 1⁄2 cup of the mini chocolate chips.3.Spread batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.4. Holding foil by ends, lift from pan onto a cutting board. Carefully cut lengthwise in 4 strips and then cut each strip in 10; remove foil.
Some changes. When I made this the first time, I changed the white whole-wheat flour to regular whole-wheat flour. I also used regular-sized chocolate chips and soy milk (I have a lactose intolerance). And because Ian struggles in the poop department, I added some extra fiber to these in the form of Benefiber. Wheatgerm would be a good addition as well.
The next time I make these, I’m planning to substitute vanilla yogurt for the oil. I’m also considering subbing ¼ cup of applesauce for ¼ cup of the brown sugar. I’m not sure yet on that one. And I’m thinking about making these into a brownie by adding some cocoa powder and a little melted chocolate. Another idea would be to add some peanut butter for extra protein.
Try them out for yourself and tell us what you think!