In our house, like many, we are trying to cut back on sugar. We have yogurt or fruit for dessert. (Grilled peaches were a huge hit this summer.) We are trying to make our own recipes with less sugar and encouraging healthier snacks. So far, we've been pretty successful. That being said, we are realistic and understand that a special treat once in a while is a good thing...a really good thing. So, we are carrying on our tradition of giving Molly a special "Fun Friday" treat.
original healthy banana bread recipe by removing the brown sugar and using 2/3 cup of quick oats instead of the 2/3 cup whole wheat flour. (We kept 1 cup of whole wheat flour) It isn't very sweet at all but the flavor is delicious. It is much more dense and will keep Molly satisfied longer. We spread light cream cheese and peanut butter (by request) on the banana bread then cut it into smaller sandwiches.
Our vegetable side is a pickling cucumber that has been cut with a crinkle knife. These are incredibly crunchy and have such a fresh and clean flavor.
Our fruit side is two clementines. These are much smaller than the varieties that we are used to, but the flavor is much sweeter. Molly had some of these with her dinner tonight and requested them for her lunch tomorrow. We also added some dried cherries (in the tiny container) just to give her a little extra food. She said that she ate her lunch today and was still a little hungry so we were happy to add a bit more for her.
Our dairy side is a colby-jack cheese stick. We figured that Molly could use the extra protein to help fill her up and get her through the day.
Finally, our Fun Friday treat is a Little Debbie Fall Tree Cake. Molly's Daddy loves the Christmas Tree Cakes by Little Debbie so he was very excited to see this new product. He even convinced me to purchase them by saying that they would make a great Fun Friday treat. Daddy's a tricky one. ☺