Is Eating “Vegan” Easy? Realistic? Fun? Healthy? Find out…

Awesome news with a webinar scheduled for tomorrow night at 7.30pm QLD / 8.30pm NSW time with our program’s in house 🌶 Raw Food Nutritionist 🥑
If you’re keen to learn more about the benefits of going vegan or helping your family try more vegan food… this might light you up and add spritz to your day. 🍍 

100% Whole Foods from non-animal sources might not be for everyone all the time, but I know I can certainly benefit from more Whole Foods every day so I am keen to learn more – and you might benefit too from this FREE event. 

Tune in to hear one of my good friends share her awesome mode of lifestyle the “vegan” way.

Let me know if you would like the link to jump on 🍎



How to know which oils to use, and which fats are healthy 

Wondering what oils to cook with? Confused about which fats are good fats? Want to know if fat free foods are what they say they are? Wanting to lose weight but are not sure how to? Wondering how to get the good fats into your family daily?Then this is the webinar for you and your family!

In just a few hours time, Wednesday 30th August 7.30pm Sydney Time. Comment below and I will PM you the link to my affiliate’s webinar. 

Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition, Life Creativity, Parenting Ideas, Self-healing and Wellness

Playing the Traffic Light Game + teaching your kids about Life Food vs. Labelled Food

We live in an awesome time, with a super-intelligent society and more resources and facilities than ever before. Our parents lived in times of massive industrial/commercial growth with new products and advances in advertising, packaging and marketing through technology. To our parents, new products on the supermarket shelves were a reason to be excited!

Somewhere along the line, however, we awesome people generally stopped questioning how food was being made and if it was healthy. Supermarkets, which were at first an exciting novelty, became routine and an integral way of life. We started to take packaged food for granted. And children of this generation learned supermarket shopping as the only way. Many of us are still consciously and sub-consciously influenced by advertisers and marketers, and have not the time to question everything.

Trying to educate us are medical experts, nutritionists, naturopaths, social workers, and so on, who encourage us to take on a certain diet or purchase certain food groups and supplements to benefit our health. There are charts and diagrams, tables and lists, of exactly what is in each food, and calculations for us to estimate our daily intake of certain food groups.

When it comes to feeding a family, counting food groups and calculating ‘recommended dietary intake’ is confusing, difficult to teach children, and is hard to live with. And it has possibly created an unhealthy and complicated view of what it really is to be healthy.

That’s why I love this game and love sharing it with parents who want some simple techniques! I believe this game is a healthier approach than label-reading.

Parenting Energy Life Food Fun a simple way to change the way you and your children think about eating. In this approach everything is good in abundance and everything is recommended. If it’s Life Food, it’s good to eat.

We have always had fun with our Food-Life-Fun game at home.

Why you might like this game?
1. You are passionate about creating and sharing ways of feeding our body in ways that honour the body’s natural, organic functions.
2. You respect the earth and its natural ways of providing us with an edible habitat.
3. You are enthusiastic and committed to making sure your kids eat extra servings of real, healthy, beneficial food.

What is Life Food?

Life Food is anything that is as close to its original life form as physically possible. It can be grown and produced in your home or by a neighbor – in a metaphorical sense. For example, fresh seasonal produce, free-range animal products, wheat, grains, legumes, etc – anything that can be grown and produced within a family or community environment and you can see the original food in your kitchen. This also includes home-made preserves, sauces, breads, seasonings, juices, milks, etc, or other creative ways of using Life Foods. We can buy plenty of Life Foods in the supermarket so long as we shop in the fresh-food aisles.

But Labelled Food is sold in a package and may be something you could never independently produce, due to the complicated production processes – or it may be an original Life Food that has had something added to it that couldn’t be added at home. The less the Life Food is altered, the healthier it is for your family to eat.

We have made it easy to get on the right road with Life-Food-Fun. 


With Life-Food-Fun, you simply play a game with the food that’s available and have a little fun talking about it.

Imagine a set of traffic lights. Red is stop, orange is proceed with caution or stop if possible, and red is stop. From a very young age children can learn and associate actions with these colours, and so we use these colours for Life-Food-Fun.

Life Foods are the green light. You can exclaim to your kids: “Go! Eat as much as you like! Healthy! Eat these all day! These foods help your body! Hooray!”

Life Foods, which are blended with oils, are mostly wheat products, or are animal products/bi-products, are the orange light. You can ponder with your kids: “Hmmm, lets think about this. Is this food helpful for my body? Was it produced safely, and respectfully? A little might be ok but we should plan what we’re going to eat today so we make sure to give our body the best food.”

Labelled Foods are the red light. You can say, “Whoa! Stop! Let’s think about what are asking our body to do – this food is not what our body is designed to eat.”

The ingredients in some foods we eat with our family on special occasions (such as ice cream and custard) have some harmful ingredients likened to paint stripper. We question everything, and if we can’t understand how a food is made, stop now.

The simplest way to play the game with your children is to tell them, when they pick food, what colour light it is and whether to Go! Wait and think, or Stop. Be animated! And explain why – what is the food doing that is good, or not good, for the body.

Remember, even if you have a home full of green light foods, you may find that some foods agree with you better than some others do. All people have a body that has its own unique needs that can only be discovered by each person. You will know you best, and you can learn all by yourself.

If you were to take notice of what your family eats for one week, would they be eating mostly Life Foods, or Labelled Foods? I’d love to hear your feedback to this question – comment below or send me a private message to chat.

P.S. We can eat green light all day and live healthy, happy, empowered lives. Thousands of people do right now. They feel happy and confident, look amazing, are enthusiastic to discover new foods, and they have a tasty, varied diet. Life-Food-Fun could be helpful for you, if you are taking a real-time experiment and journey of changing the foods in your pantry live healthier, natural and empowered lives.

Healthier: Giving bodies the food they need to grow and create healthy cells. Not modifying the food in radical ways that destroys their health benefits.

Natural: Respecting the relationship between the earth and human bodies by eating foods in their natural season that they grow, and minimizing food kilometers (or the carbon impact by food traveling to defy the natural season).

Empowered: Taking back control of what food is put into our body. Deciding to eat only food, and not unnatural additives.


Copyright, Joanna Becker. Seek permission to copy or reproduce. 

Parenting Ideas, Self-healing and Wellness

That lady said my kids were wild and unruly!

This is what happened. I took my boys (4yo and 1yo) to the supermarket – very brave, I know. 4yo was superb, sitting in the trolley the whole time, rarely saying a word. 1yo was on foot, trotting backwards and forwards pointing his quirky little 1-finger point, waving, talking and charming. I grabbed them hot chicken winglets on the way in, dissapointed when I opened the box to find bright orange crumbed nuggets. Colours, additives, a big experience for any 1yo. Anyway he ate them up and got more and more excited and enthusiastic about running away from me.

I soon had a trolley full of nappy boxes, tinned tomatoes, pasta and seafood, and both boys were out on floor to walk. Payment done, supermarket visit successful! I visited the gourmet green grocer for our healthy whole food and the boys were pretty over it by now, both on foot and exploring in different directions. A lady in queue scoffed and waved her finger at my 4yo, who was walking laps of one aisle, singing to himself, and my 1yo in my arms wiggling and trying to get free. This is what she said:

“I don’t know why you young women don’t use harnesses these days. Back in my day all children were tied to their parents and they stayed with their parents at all times. None of this unruly, wild behaviour you see everywhere now.

She left and the check out assistant told me that the woman was a doctor.

Ok, so there are a million come-backs I’m now coming up with. I wouldn’t have called her an older lady before, but now she has put the idea in my head with all this ‘In my day’ talk. Let’s see, ‘in your day grocery shopping wasn’t so stimulating for children – with bright lights, toys, flashing LCD Screen advertisements, music, trolleys and escalators etc’, and, ‘in your day fresh hot food wasn’t tarnished with additives, colours, flavours like they are now, which we know is directly related to ADHD and behavioral issues,’ and, ‘Really? It’s a normal developmental phase for a 1yo to explore his environment through movement and touching, as you would know’, but I settled with…

“I can tell you where to stick it…”

No just kidding. I brushed her with a random reply, a laugh and with my cheeks a bit rosy, of course – as most of us do.

It’s a default reaction for all of us, when criticised, to start thinking and let the thoughts snowball. I went off to the car with my thoughts running over what she said. My physical reaction was to rummage through bags and grab sweet food to binge on. I felt tempted to snap at my 1yo for continuing to wriggle and scream, resisting that action knowing it was my rattled nerves driving the urge.

Unruly, wild behaviour.

And then I caught myself.

I have been taught how to recognise the ‘indicating’ physical symptoms of emotional issues that needs to be dealt with. I knew, then and there, that I was responding and dealing in the typical way I usually do and there must be something beneath the surface. Blushing and laughing – check. Binge eating sweets – check. Feeling frustrated with kids – check. Stuck in my own head and consumed in thought about all my possible come-backs – check. Grimace on my face – check. In a hurry to escape – check, check. Ok girl, it’s time to break this down.

In spiritual counseling we learn that if something somebody has said gets a reaction from you, it’s because it either:

(A) is something you feel is true and yet you aren’t acknowledging

(B) is something you would probably say or do yourself

So I had my two options to explore. I realised in this case, it was probably a bit of (A) and (B). So then the question – why would I be sensitive to this sort of thing, do I judge other parents and classify their kids as wild or unruly, and look at mine with this judgement, too? Well that’s a hard one – I guess I might in certain circumstances beneath the surface. So then the question – whose standards am I judging myself and others against? Are they my standards or something I was taught? And you probably already know the answer to this – I am judging myself according to high standards carried over from my own childhood experiences. Not necessarily my own personal standards.

After this it’s easy to move forward. I know I’m being hard on myself, and others, because I’m afraid of not being good enough or reaching a standard. That ‘old woman’ showed me what I need to let go of. A lot of the time instances like mine today, which are a really good reason to go and find a friend and have a whine or a vent on Facebook or blog, are the exact opportunities we need to become a happier and peaceful person.

Because we create our realities, and I brought that woman into my life today. Maybe I can wish for her, that one day, she will figure out why she has the need to criticise a younger mum and her beautiful children in the grocery store. But I’m pretty happy with what she has reminded me of today.

If you notice yourself repeatedly re-living incidents like this and having a whine, vent with friends, or you notice yourself often making ‘conversation about another person’ and you want to find peace and love yourself and everyone around you (believe me, it can be done), then you might like this website and everything there is to read.

Because once we deal with underlying emotional insecurities, they are no longer necessary in our lives and incidents like this, and people like this, just dissapear. It might seem more obvious to just ‘get over it and forget it’ – however repeating emotional insecurities can eventually change our physical body and result in ‘diagnosable’ conditions.

Healing and preventing future dis-ease is as simple as listening to your thoughts now.

I’ll leave you with advice by my inner wiser persona, specially given to me for this topic:

We can ask ourselves, “what has been said to us that was so bad? And what was so bad about that?” Then get deep into that feeling of what is so bad, let it be felt, and nurture the inner-child. – Joanna Becker 

As in my case, sometimes you just end up laughing! I mean, what is wild and unruly anyway?

“You are enough, and you are loved. You deserve to let this go.” – Joanna Becker 

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Food and Nutrition

Fresh hot chips and chicken nuggets


Arriving home 30 mins ago, DS cried … because he had wanted to go to the ‘chip factory’. I think he remembered how much he liked Happy Meals but didn’t want to say the word, knowing that the Happy Meal is a red-light food.

I offered to make green-light chips, and he cried into my shoulder.
‘It’s too hard, you’ll never be able to do it’.
‘I can do anything!’ I said.

Our beautiful but tired baby boy was crying and I decided I had a few minutes to cook chips before he reached melting point. So the challenge was on.

For anyone out there who wants a quick, healthy, tasty chips recipe, try this out.

You will need:
– 1 potato
– herb/spice mix
– 2 tbsp wholemeal flour wheat flakes
– freshly ground sea-salt

* When I use wholemeal flour for baking I sift it first. I only use the sifted clean flour for baking, and I set aside and store the remaining wheat flakes to use in different meals, such as for coating vegetable rissoles (as a substitute for breadcrumbs).


1. Turn on a saucepan with 1 cup water to bring to the boil.

2. Peel and cut the round edges off the potato so it’s in a cube shape.

3. Slice the potato lengthways into thin layers. Slice again to create French-fries shape. Throw into the saucepan.

4. In a frypan and add 2tbsp rice bran oil, peanut oil or coconut oil (a safe oil). Turn the gas on high.

5. Add to the pan a tbsp of a herb or spice seasoning that’s handy in your pantry (I have pre-made curry seasoning).

6. By now the chips will be starting to soften so use a drainer to drain the water, and throw them into the fry pan. Stir a little through the oil and spices. Add a good sprinkling of ground sea-salt. Sprinkle over the whole wheat flakes (or breadcrumbs).

7. After a few minutes flip them to season both sides.

8. Remove onto paper towel, pat dry, and serve. Add more sea-salt.

9. Tell your darling son: ‘Chips in 5 minutes? Yes I can!’

At this time my grandpa walked in the gate with his meat-tray that he won today. How lucky are we – it’s crumbed chicken breast.

10. The pan is still hot with the oil and spices, so I dice a piece of crumbed chicken breast and cook it (both sides) for 5 minutes…

And voila! DS now has chicken nuggets to go with his chips. His dream has come true!

And the lesson for me is to always have a dream, to say it out loud, and to smile and be grateful when my dream comes true… because the universe always provides even when it seems impossible.

P.S. You will want to do more than one potato – these chips are exceptional!

Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition

Honey and Cinnamon Breakfast Donuts

This morning my DS woke up with a growing-boy hunger for… Donuts. At first I explained why donuts would not be a healthy breakfast but then I realised: we can make a healthy donut all by ourselves. So off to the kitchen we went to make donuts for breakfast.

Involving DS in the preparing and baking, as usual, made the eating so much more enjoyable! It was in fact a very filing breakfast.

You may have seen Jamie Oliver’s Baby Yorkies (30-minute Meals)? This donut recipe of mine is inspired by the simplicity in Jamie’s recipe, plus the key ingredients and cooking techniques.

You will need:
– 1 mug almost filled to the top with whole meal self-raising flour
– the same mug filled with milk
– 1 egg
– 2 carrots or 1/2 sweet potato
– 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
– honey and cinnamon for serving

1. Using your fingertips, grease a 12-hole muffin pan with olive oil. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

2. The sweet potato or carrot will be used to create a donut shape hole in your muffin pan. You need to cut the carrot or sweet potato into 4cm long portions, as shown in this photo. Place a portion in the centre of each muffin hole.
3. Drizzle olive oil in each muffin hole.
4. Add the flour, milk and egg to a liquidiser (blender). Blend ingredients together, remove lid and make sure all flour is mixed by scraping sides and bottom with a fork. Blend again.

5. Pour the mixture into the muffin pan, evenly divided throughout the pan.
6. Put the pan on the top shelf in the oven and set the timer for 14 minutes.

7. In a mug, add 1 tbsp hot water with 1 tbsp honey. Stir vigorously.

8. When your donuts have finished cooking, remove the pan from the oven. Allow to cool slightly before removing each donut from the pan, gently lifting out with a butter knife. Remove the sweet potato or carrot centres.

9. Arrange your donuts on a plate and baste with your honey/water syrup. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon.
10. Enjoy eating while they are still warm. You can serve with fresh fruit. I used the blender to process 5 prunes and a touch of water into a jam-like consistency, and then spread the prune jam onto my donuts. (This gave the chocolate look). Yum!

Note – on a future round of this recipe I made the donuts ‘shake and bake’ style. Instead of using the liquidizer, I used a shaker measuring cup. I filled the bottom half with flour, top half with milk, cracked in an egg, and shook for a few minutes (lid firmly sealed). So easy, I love it!



Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition

Snow Pea and Soy Udon

My DS (currently 3.5 years) and I have a fun ritual of cooking and eating together every lunchtime – and making a real activity out of it.

There are so many learning benefits to this activity such as encouraging creativity, following instructions, sharing ideas, using teamwork, and asking for help. Emotionally, it provides togetherness and a sense of achievement and pride.

He learns practical skills of cooking too, such as:
– how to cook using kitchen utensils and safe methods
– the difference in the taste between raw and cooked ingredients, and cold and hot ingredients
– how ingredients come together to create a unique taste
– how to use fresh ingredients including produce
– suitable crockery for serving
– culture and traditional values of particular styles of cooking
– quantities and selection of healthy ingredients
– how restaurants provide food (it is possible to cook same foods at home)
– clean- up processes

Kitchen set-up and suitability for children is essential. We have fresh vegetables and ingredients on display and in easy-to-reach baskets in the kitchen so he can help me select ingredients. He has a step-ladder he can carry to various places including sections of the bench where he can reach to turn on the kettle, put scraps into the compost and comfortably pour and mix ingredients in a mixing bowl. To ensure his safety around the appliances, utensils and hot gas element, I never take my eyes off him and do not allow distractions like phone ringing or adult conversations to take priority over what we are doing.

Today we cooked a simple udon noodle broth, with snow peas and boiled eggs. It tasted like a broth from the Sushi Train and it was fun to set up bamboo mats and chopsticks to eat in style.

You will need:
– 1/2 cup soy sauce
– 1 tsp minced garlic
– 1 tsp grated ginger
– 1 tbsp honey
– 1 tbsp sesame seeds
– 1 tsp lemon grass (from jar)
– 1 pack udon noodles
– 3 pre-boiled eggs
– handful of fresh snow-peas
– 1/2 cup vegetable stock

1. Bring a fry-pan to high heat. Add to the pan the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, honey, and sesame seeds. Place boiled eggs on top, cover with lid and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove lid.

2. Add udon noodles and stir-through.

3. Add snow peas on top.

4. Pour in vegetable stock, and continue to simmer for five more minutes.


5. Turn off heat and pour into deep bowls. Nice and steamy!

Caution: Warn children the soup will be hot.


Parenting Ideas, Self-healing and Wellness

When to act, wait, or ask for help – A QUIZ

20130525-222555.jpgThis article is about a trick to handling many of life’s hard situations.

I learned today that in handling situations, there is a perfect balance that will help us live happy and fulfilling lives. There’s an underlying rule of nature behind many of the situations we face – and it’s the rule of thirds:

For any challenge you come up with during your regular day as a parent, there is a perfect rule of thirds on how to handle the situation:

1/3 of all decisions will be to act.
1/3 of all decisions will be to wait.
1/3 of all decisions will be to ask for help.

We often don’t strike this balance. How often during your day do you ask for help? How often do you stand back and let the scene unfold without your active interference (go with the flow)? How often do you get in and rectify the situation straight away? What kind of person – or personality – are you?

Do you think you could stay aware of what kind of decisions you are making – act, wait or ask for help – during your day? It is helpful to see which way you swing and try to get to a ‘thirds’ balance. Imagine a wheel designed with three perfect sections, flat side up. And you pile up just one third section with weights, then spin the wheel. It will spin on an angle, grind as it fights between the movement in the air and the stiffness of the ground. It will slow to a stop.

This is what happens when you overload one of your options. The positive consequence is that you get plenty of practice in acting that way! But the negative consequence is that you could miss out on developing some essential life-skills, and teaching these to your children. And you may find that eventually, you burn out.

So, here is a quiz to help you identify how you tend to handle parenting challenges. Use notepaper to record your answer (A, B or C) and tally up your letters at the end.

1. Do you mostly entertain or care for your children with the help of other carers?
Write ‘C’

2. Do you correct (or sometimes get frustrated with) your partner or kids when they don’t do something the easy or best way?
Write ‘B’

3. Do you find yourself dreaming of what life could be like, and talking about your dreams and desires often?
Write ‘A’

4. Do you find your relationships with your partner, children, friends and family can be up-and-down and you sometimes have heated disagreements?
Write ‘B’

5. Do you find you have health issues, or you take medicine often?
Write ‘A’

6. Are you mostly early or often waiting for others to arrive?
Write ‘B’

7. Do you find your partner, friends or family are especially supportive, caring and helpful?
Write ‘C’

8. Do you find your children are very independent but sometimes you struggle to spend time together and have a meaningful relationship?
Write ‘A’

9. Do you find that people seem to get their ideas heard before you, or you avoid people who are more assertive than you?
Write ‘C’

10. Are you good at delegating jobs in your family, or are you most comfortable as a manager at work?
Write ‘B’

11. Do you classify objects and jobs into men’s and women’s jobs?
Write ‘A’

12. Do you find you are sometimes nervous at going out on your own with your children, or that you rely on your partner for handling problems with your kids?
Write ‘C’

You should hopefully have at least 5 letters written down. Add up how many A’s you have, how many B’s, and how many C’s.

If you have mostly an equal skew of letters, you have a very good balance in your life in the way you handle parenting challenges.

If you have mostly C’s, your tendency may be to Ask for Help .
You may call yourself a passive person, or be a good peace-keeper. You are a people-person and everyone is gentle and kind to you, but you may feel you are taken advantage of sometimes.

If you have mostly A’s, your tendency may be to Wait.
When you have a problem, you might talk lots about your situation but shrug off or reject advice. Or you might say you are happy to go with the flow. You may have exceptional skills in patience, and you may be easy-going and flexible, but sometimes you feel depressed and stuck in a situation while others around you get everything they want.

If you have mostly B’s, your tendency may be to Act.
You simply and quickly make a plan and start doing what needs to be done, solo. If you really feel something needs to be done, you are powerful and can get things moving by yourself. You’re busy and active and not afraid of change, but you’re often consumed in your thoughts and miss the beauty in right now.

Think about how the descriptions above affect your life and your relationships in the long-term, and whether your children will develop good life skills if they follow in your footsteps.

Getting the balance right means you will need to think about the best way to handle a situation when you face challenges during the week. Keep in mind the rule of thirds: for the first situation, act. For the second, wait. For the third, ask for help. (It will depend on the situation and your children’s safety and health).

Here are some tips on how you can improve your balance:

If you need to WAIT more:
Wow – this can be a hard one. Many of us are so well trained to ‘control’ that we often can’t sit back and let energy do the work for us. To wait, all you need to do is be clear in your thoughts and in your words what you want to happen. Then surrender. Accept that you will do nothing. You will soon see that what you wanted to happen will naturally unfold in front of you. And you and your children will be more relaxed and have more fun bonding in the meantime.

If you need to Ask for Help more :
How often do we feel like we need to handle a problem on our own? In truth, a person very close to you has broad shoulders and is very capable of carrying the load. Trust and empower that person, whether it is your partner, brother, or father, or a caring friend. You can even ask your kids for help as they love being empowered, and they love the opportunity to learn a new skill or take on a new responsibility.

If you need to Act more:
The most important thing is that you recognize that you are not acting, and you figure out if not acting is a conscious decision or is a habit. It’s easy to act on some things. Mostly these things are within your comfort zone, or you have experienced the situation before. But sometimes we are unconsciously afraid and hide from taking the situation in our own hands. Sometimes we are genuinely confused and are weary of making mistakes. Know that the people around you will support you the whole way, enlist a support person if you need, and take the first step now. Literally – take the first step, make a phone call, get your hands dirty, change your clothes and get stuck into the task at hand.

Good luck!

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Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition

Bread ‘n Banana Cups

Our 3yo DS was so impressed with his cooking idea yesterday I thought I’d share this one for other parents of young children. Very easy and fun for little hands, and a delicious hot morning tea for the family… especially in cold weather.

You will need:
– A lightly greased muffin tray (or silicon muffin/cupcake wrappers)
– Bread mix and water
– 2 bananas
– Ground cinnamon
– Fan-forced oven pre-heated to 170 degrees Celsius

1. Mix the ingredients you usually use to make a small quantity of bread dough.
NB: You can mix roughly 1 cup wholemeal SR flour and 1/2 cup water with a teaspoon of salt, raw sugar, and olive oil to make your own basic bread dough. Alternatively use a pack of multi-grain or wholemeal bread mix as we do for our regular bread-making activities – that way you can just grab a cup out of the pack and mix it with approximately 1/2 of water. Mix with a wooden spoon.

2. Knead your dough with the help of your kids. Add water if the dough is too dry, or more flour if it’s too sticky – you just want to reach a good, firm, soft and silky consistency so it does not stick to your fingers when kneading.

3. Spread flour around the board and rolling pin. Use the rolling pin to roll the dough out thin.

4. Using a round cutting shape, like cookie cutters (or just a glass turned upside down), cut round circles out of your dough.

5. Set the dough circles aside. Combine the remaining scraps of dough, knead, roll out flat and cut out more circles – until your dough is all used.

6. Place each circle of dough in its own hole in your lightly greased muffin tray. Press it down so it fits the hole. (I used silicon muffin/cupcake wrappers instead of a muffin tray. If you have these it’s fun to eat out of them later).

7. Mash 2 bananas in a bowl.

8. Add a spoonful of mashed banana to each of these bread cups. Fold the sides of the bread dough over the banana.

9. Sprinkle each closed bread cup with cinnamon.

10. Bake in a moderate oven for 20-25 minutes.

Allow your Bread ‘n Banana Cups to cool slightly before you remove them from the tray and start eating. Warning: hot banana! Let let your kids know the banana inside the bread could still be hot.

This is nice when served with slices of orange – or when a quarter of an orange is gently squeezed over the top.


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