I love banana bread but usually find it too sweet. This recipe is adapted from a banana chocolate chip muffin recipe. I tried making the muffins (sans chips) but they didn’t turn out as well and the muffins were hard to remove from the muffin liners. Why not make it into a loaf then? It took a couple of tries before I got the bake time right, but basically you make the batter and bake it at the same temperature and time as you would for a loaf of banana bread.
I have not gone paleo. I am not on a diet (though maybe I should be). I just had very ripe bananas on my counter and an excess of eggs. Also, I was running out of ideas what to feed my toddler for breakfast and bananas and eggs happen to be some of her favorite foods.
After E turned one and started snacking a lot, I started looking for portable snacks that I could carry around. At first I purchased some baby/toddler snacks but was a little dismayed at the ingredient list, even the ones from “organic” brands.
We don’t eat rice that often, but when we do, we usually have to spoon-feed E. Since E doesn’t quite like being spoon-fed anymore, it has been a challenge feeding her things that can be hard for her to pick up (think soups, porridge etc.).
This is a recipe I tried from the BLW Cookbook. It is a fairly simple recipe that can be put together in an hour or less. Of all the recipes I have tried so far, E likes these the most. E likes to mush them into smaller crumbly bits and eat each bit. The wedges (or sticks) freeze well and reheat well in the microwave. I also pack them for on-the-go meals. The hubs and I enjoy these as well.
So I’ve had a couple of people ask me “what is baby-led weaning?” and “how do I go about practicing it?”. I always clarify that I do not practice baby-led weaning wholesale but cherry-pick elements of it that suit our lifestyle.
Here is a little summary of what Baby-Led Weaning or BLW is to me and how I kinda practice it.
When E first started solids, one of the first foods recommended by the pediatrician was rice cereal. It’s a common first food and many babies have started their journey on solids with this staple. My lactation consultant recommended otherwise since it is essentially nutritionally empty – think just carbs.
Happy 2016! I haven’t posted lately because we’ve been away from home and busy just getting used to “real” home again. I will be posting some long-haul travel tips soon based on our international travel experiences. We are still doing baby-led weaning (BLW) with E (with occasional spoon-feeding). E loves food and is generally a hearty eater. She is a little “cautious” when you give her something new to eat, but is pretty open to try new things, especially when you let her feed herself.