A Gouter A Day

There has been a lot of talk about the book, Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman in the blogosphere. I'm not interested in critique. I read it, enjoyed it, took what I wanted, and left the rest. One thing that stuck with me was the idea of "Gouter" French for the afternoon snack time.

When my kids return home from school they're groaning with hunger as if the hearty lunches I packed earlier that morning did not provide adequate sustenance for their mortal forms.

Gathering around the table, talking about the day and having a snack is a nice transition between school and home life. We've always done this, but I like that I now get to call it "Gouter." It makes an ordinary snack sound sophisticated and important.

The following are 5 easy, healthy and fun snacks to enjoy at your next Gouter.

1. Banana Split on a stick courtesy of "Peas and Thank You." I tell ya that Mama Pea is a creative firecracker, always coming up with our latest favorites from breakfast to dinner.

2. Puffin Muffins. I named them that because puffins are cute and I wanted to distract from the fact that these things are super-charged with quinoa. My kids are usually down with all the wackiest (and best) eats, but in true kid fashion they will sometimes randomly rebel so when my spidey-senses are telling me to keep mum on the ingredients I wait until after they gush over how delish it is, then go in for the big reveal.

The recipe is originally from Yoga Journal, but with some changes because I mess with chemistry like that:
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour (I used 1/2 unbleached AP & 1/2 WW Pastry)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa - allow to cool
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (or alternately use another liquid sweetener-honey, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup hemp milk + I added more until it made a muffin batter consistency. Eyeball it dudes
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 banana - mashed
  • 1 cup blueberries

1.  Preheat oven to 375 and line muffin tins with your cutest wrappers.
2.  In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together cooked quinoa, maple syrup, hemp milk,   applesauce, banana and oil.
4.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet adding hemp or other milk as you go until it is batter consistency. If you've never made muffins before and don't know what this is go back to home ec. or a more straightforward recipe and then fold in blueberries.
5.  Spoon batter into tins and bake for 20 minutes...I had to cook mine longer, but maybe my oven is wonky. Cool and enjoy those Puffin Muffins!

3. Pumpkin Bread adapted to the form of a fancy ring from Kim Barnouin's Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. For this recipe you'll have to get ahold of the book itself and I promise you won't be sorry. Some people are personally affronted by the title, but the content is smart, funny and yummy.

4. Smoothies are always a refreshing and satisfying treat and are so forgiving. It's hard to mess this up. I let my kids get creative and toss in whatever strikes their fancy (within reason) and then blitz away. Click here for an assortment of recipes.

5. Although I don't have an photos of this one, we call it a smorgasbord and Pinterest won't mind if I borrow a shot or two to give you an idea of what this simple and straight forward snack can be...

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