Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mushy Bananas & Prunes - Not Just For Babies Anymore

I like to feed my family well. I try to avoid overly processed foods with long ingredient lists. We do live in this world so we can't completely avoid the bad stuff. But I can make good choices and with a little extra effort make some very healthy and tasty dishes. What I give up in convenience, we all gain in better food.

My latest concoction is this yummy oatmeal. I take old-fashioned oatmeal (not the quick cook kind) and cook as directed. Then I add a couple of spoonfuls of light brown sugar.

Next I mash a banana. I thought when my last son sprouted a few teeth I would never be mashing bananas again. I was wrong. They make a great addition to my oatmeal.

I mix in the mushy banana and then top it all with something a bit surprising even to me. Dried plums.

We all know that they are really prunes but the SunSweet people think dried plums sound more appetizing. This is apparently a food that somehow makes it into your grocery cart after a certain age. They actually are good and don't make me gag like something called a prune might. And look how good this looks.

And no partially hydrogenated anything, no high fructose corn syrup. I have a thing about those items showing up in almost every grocery item and like to control it when I can.

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