Sunday, May 4, 2008

Cinnamon & Honey Glazed Bananas with Almonds

I created this yummy no-cook topping for a KIDS CAN COOK Mothers Day class where the young chefs learned to make several healthful meals for mom.

Cinnamon & Honey Glazed Bananas with Almonds
1-2 bananas, peeled and sliced
1 Tbsp honey (or more if you prefer)
dash of cinnamon
1 tsp of sliced almonds (raw or toasted)

Combine ingredients and use as a quick breakfast or dessert topping. The banana combo can also be heated for a softer texture or as a filling.

Here are some notes compiled from sources like The World's Healthiest Foods website and other research:

Kashi brand Heart to Heart Honey Oat waffles claim to help reduce cholesterol by providing 1 gram of soluble fiber from oats. Made with six antioxidants from white tea, green tea and grape seed, these quick cooking toaster waffles also support a healthy cardiovascular system and have been given the seal of approval by the American Heart Association.

Bananas are an ideal finger food for young children, is easily digested, rarely cause allergies and contain natural sugars (sucrose, fructose and glucose) which are released quickly into the bloodstream, giving instant energy. The banana contains a high-grade protein, which includes three of the essential amino acids.

Almonds have been reported to help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Almonds have also shown to lessen post-meal surges in blood sugar, reducing the risk of diabetes AND clear out free radicals that have been linked to cancer. Packing protein, and manganese, copper and riboflavin to help with energy production, almonds are high on the list of superfoods.

1 comment:

Kids Learn @ Kiboom Daily said...

We love this recipe for kids to make with an adult on Mother's Day. We hope you like the fact that we'll be sharing it on our site!

all the best,
Sherry + Wendy @ Kiboomu