Wednesday, November 7, 2012
recipe: the Mr. Rogers banana snack
like many of you dear readers, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was a staple on my television set. even into the double-digit ages, it was something my brother and i would watch together (if only out of boredom). then came a re-run of episode 1538 (yeah, i looked it up) in which Mr. Rogers focuses on healthy snacks and proceeds to demonstrate an easy treat that latch-key kids can make for themselves. it involved a banana, peanut butter, and raisins. the reaction from my brother and i was the same and simultaneous: "ewwww, gross!" we decided right then and there that we were officially too old to watch this kiddie show and clicked the power button, zapping Mr. Rogers into televised oblivion.
maybe it was the guy in a banana suit who's been jazzin' it up on the corner daily for a month now. maybe it was Sweet One's recent discovery of a Mr. Rogers spin-off, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. (maybe it was boredom.) in any case, it happened – i resorted to healthy snack episode 1538.
and... it actually tasted pretty good. it's kind of a staple around here now. "Mom? can we have the banana snack?" hm. thank you, Mr. Rogers.
- adapted from episode 1538
creamy almond butter
oat circles cereal (or finely chopped nuts)
1. pour a small amount of cereal into a shallow bowl and set aside (enough to coat half a banana or so).
2. peel the banana halfway or all the way, depending on your child's particular pickyness.
3. take a butter knife or spoon and spread nut butter around banana, about halfway down.
4. roll in cereal (or finely chopped nuts).
sigh, it's a beautiful day...