Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Toddler Snack Attack: Chocolate "Milkshake"



I've been making healthy and delicious oatmeal for my toddler this week.  And he eats it.  Well he did up until today.  It's a glorious bowl of oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and a few sprinkles of chocolate chips.  Only today I forgot to mix in the chocolate chips and left them sitting on top so of course he picked through the oatmeal and ate only the chocolate.  Meal time exhausts me.  Do you make them sit there until they eat something?  Do you just let them go?  I don't know the answer, but I'm searching!

So after our "breakfast" we walked down to the park to play, which didn't last long because SOMEONE was hungry and just couldn't handle life.  So we loaded up and went back home for a snack.  I thought, fine if he wants chocolate, I'll give him chocolate!  And I'll give him banana and avocado too!

Your toddler (or you for that matter) won't be able to resist this rich, velvety chocolate milkshake.  The secret to making this nice and thick is frozen bananas.  I always buy two bunches of bananas;  one to eat and one to freeze.  I break them up into 2 inch pieces and put them into Tupperware and freeze for treats like this.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
3/4 milk (rice, almond, or coconut will do if you don't want to use dairy)
1 T cocoa powder
1 T honey

Directions:

Put all ingredients in your blender and blender until smooth! If you need to add more milk, go for it, just don't add too much. 

I felt slightly victorious as he sipped away at this in his high chair thinking mom had finally caved and gave him what he wanted.  Don't worry, he didn't drink his out of a mason jar but out of a plastic toddler proof cup.








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