Feb 082014
 

Home-made hazelnut milk is so easy to make and yummy too! from mylittlegourmet.com

Arik is a huge fan of all things that can be consumed through a straw. That is why we frequently have this smoothie for breakfast or have various “milkshakes” such as a banana milk, this strawberry milk or this week, we tried something new, and had this hazelnut milk…with chocolate, of course.

Home-made hazelnut milk is so easy to make and yummy too! from mylittlegourmet.com

This milk is not only delicious, it’s quite informative too. For instance, after drinking some, it informed me that I have suddenly developed an allergy to hazelnuts. I made a couple of glasses for Arik and myself, had a sip, and my throat started itching a little. Hmm, strange, I thought, must be getting a cold, oh well, back to my delicious glass of milk. After half of the glass was gone and my throat was itching like crazy, the nurse in me finally came out and I stopped drinking.

Home-made hazelnut milk is so easy to make and yummy too! from mylittlegourmet.com

After a couple of hours, I ate a hazelnut because I wanted to be absolutely certain. And low and behold, the itching started again. Shoot! Hazelnuts are my favorite nut of all time! Arik was really empathetic of course, and asked if I was full when I stopped drinking. Before I was done answering, he had taken the glass, finished off the milk and proudly said, “Look mama, I helping you!”

Home-made hazelnut milk is so easy to make and yummy too! from mylittlegourmet.com

Hazelnut Chocolate Milk
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup/100g hazelnuts
  • some water for soaking
  • 2 cups/480ml milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons chocolate syrup or powder
Instructions
  1. Soak the hazelnuts in water overnight.
  2. Drain the hazelnuts and place them in a food processor with the milk.
  3. Blend well and then strain the milk over a cheese cloth.
  4. Pour the milk into glasses and add chocolate syrup as desired.
Notes
*This hazelnut/milk ration is quite mild so if you prefer it to taste nuttier be sure add more hazelnuts or reduce the milk.
*If you want this to be dairy-free, just replace the milk with water.
*Rather than just tossing out the left-over hazelnuts, you could use them for baking!

 

 Posted by at 13:24
May 102013
 

Strawberry Banana Milk | My Little Gourmet

Mother’s Day is coming up, so I’ve decided to share a recipe from my mother with you all. My mom used to make this milk for me when I got home from school and I always loved it. To this day I still enjoy drinking these fruit milks!

Strawberry Banana Milk | My Little Gourmet

A while ago I decided to make one for Arik to see if he would like them as much I always did, and low and behold he drank both servings, leaving none for me… Now he has one at least once a week and always gets really excited when he sees me getting out the blender. I love that something so easy and delicious is healthy for us too. I also love the fact that something my mom and I used to enjoy together, I can now enjoy with my son. Happy Mother’s Day! 

Strawberry Banana Milk | My Little Gourmet

 

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Strawberry Banana Milk
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1½ cups/ 375ml milk
Instructions
  1. Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
  2. Serve over some ice cubes or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

 Posted by at 14:00
Mar 152013
 

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Cups | My Little Gourmet

These oatmeal “muffins” can’t really be described as muffins. Their consistency is more of a combination between a muffin and baked oatmeal, so if you are expecting to bite into a light and fluffy muffin you could be disappointed. Their taste though, is just plain delicious! Since the preparation and baking does take a little longer than the usual cereal or toast breakfast, we like to make these cups for breakfast on the weekend when we have a little extra time. I let Arik help me in preparing the batter, so he is okay with having to wait a little before he gets his breakfast.

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Cups | My Little Gourmet

The original recipe calls for sweetened almond milk instead of milk and honey and for chocolate chips instead of blueberries. I think that sounds really good too, and definitely want to try it out sometime soon, but I just didn’t want to serve chocolate that early in the day… I know, my poor deprived child. 🙂  I imagine they would be really good with some chopped fresh strawberries, as well, which I will definitely have to make in the summer.

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Cups | My Little Gourmet

I used paper liners to bake these and even after 15 minutes of cooling, they still end up sticking to the paper like crazy. Others have said that it works well to just grease the muffin tray and place the batter in there directly. I haven’t tried this out myself, so I can’t really comment, but next time I will do it this way and let you guys know. Despite the sticking they still tasted great. After eating 4 of these oatmeal cups, Arik came up for air and said, “Mama mmmmh, mehr!” Translation: Mom mmmmh (yes, that’s right, it’s universal), more!

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Cups | My Little Gourmet

Blueberry Oatmeal Cups
 
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Serves: 15-17 muffins
Ingredients
  • 3 bananas, ripened and mashed
  • 1 cup/240ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 cups/240g rolled or quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup/125g blueberries, fresh or frozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉/190℃.
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients except for the blueberries and set aside.
  3. Prepare muffin pan by greasing or lining with paper liners.
  4. Fold blueberries into the batter and drop into the prepared cups. They should be almost completely full.
  5. Bake 20-30 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown and they become firm to the touch.
  6. Allow oatmeal cups to cool before removing from the paper liners.
 
Recipe adapted from Green Lite Bites
 Posted by at 13:36
Feb 012013
 

 Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie | My Little Gourmet

If I let Arik pick his own breakfast he would most likely choose to just drink 5 or 6 glasses of milk and not eat anything. With this thought in mind, I decided to come up with a breakfast in a glass for him. This way he gets everything he needs to start his day and he can drink it all through a straw, which, of course, makes him very happy. It also makes me very happy because it takes about 5 minutes to prepare and there’s enough smoothie for me as well.

I used frozen berries for our smoothie, so if you use fresh you may want to add some ice cubes before blending so you get a nice cold smoothie. If your little ones prefer it sweet be sure to add 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey. Depending on how thick you like your smoothies just increase or decrease the amount of milk until you get the consistency you want. Cheers!

Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie

 

Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup strawberries, frozen or fresh
  • ¼ cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ½ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice, about 1 orange
  • ½ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Toss all ingredients in a blender and blend to the wanted consistency.
Notes
*If your little ones prefer it a little sweeter, just add 1-2 tablespoons of honey. *If you use fresh fruit you may want add some ice cubes before blending. *Depending on how thick you like your smoothies just increase or decrease the amount of milk you use.

 

 Posted by at 13:43