My 6-year-old gets tired of eating the same things over and over again for breakfast. My mom always tells me I need to stop asking my family what they want and just cook. I ask because I need ideas myself. Being creative about meals is not usually the first thing on my priority list because I have a lot of other things going on too. So, cooking 3 meals a day isn’t my favorite thing to do, but I must get it done.
Rhythm takes great pride in making her own food from time to time. This morning she said, “Mom, can I make myself that banana bread in a cup? I haven’t had that in a long time.” “Sure,” I told her. She was right, it was way before Covid started and that was a good year ago. It’s pretty cool outside this morning, so it’s a great day to curl up and eat breakfast with a nice, warm cup.
It’s important for me to always include fruit in her meals and this is a quick and easy way to know she’s getting some fresh ingredients. Getting her in the kitchen working with her hands is not just good for her motor skills, but it’s also great for homeschool math and science. School shouldn’t be just about worksheets; it should be about real-life survival skills. Things they will actually use outside the classroom. Measuring is a great way for her to see firsthand the fruits of doing something right and what happens if you do it wrong (cause and effect). She learns to take her time, read the recipes, and be careful not to spill anything. She gets to be creative and practice her problem-solving skills. Honestly, this recipe is also good if you live alone and aren’t into leftovers!
In a mug you simply put in:
2 tbsp flour (Of your choice, could be coconut flour)
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 tbsp of Maple Syrup
1/2 tbs Milk
* 1/2 tsp of brown sugar (Extra Sweet)
* After it’s done a splash of cinnamon
Then, stirring it together is her favorite part. After it’s all combined and looking like cake mix, simply stick it in the microwave for a minute and thirty seconds. (Depending on how your microwave cooks)
My daughter doesn’t like nuts or cinnamon, so I just sliced a few pieces of banana for the top. Be creative and make it your own.