A few weeks ago, my children and I were lucky enough to be invited to a Halloween themed cooking class by Kids Cooking Club in Glyfada.
My angels absolutely adored their time there and we will most definitely participate again very soon. The staff were so friendly, organized and welcoming to the children and parents. First the kids got together and did some arts and crafts. They were told what they were going to prepare in the kitchen. Then they all got dressed up and prepped in their chef hats and aprons and they went as a group to their kitchen. All the ingredients and tools they needed were there and ready for them. Healthy and fresh ingredients only.
My kids created their Halloween themed snack and were so proud to bring it out to me and show me their creation! They got to bring it home and enjoy it. Thank you for an amazing experience and I recommend it to kids of all ages. The waiting area for the parents is lovely and we got to enjoy a beverage of our choice and some snacks were also available to us. The kids were right next door and we were welcome to go in and check in on them and even take some photos of how much fun they were having. They came with the staff member to you if they missed you or needed something. But my kids never came once! They did not want to leave!
Now that the holidays are here, I have begun thinking and about ways to get in the spirit of Christmas. We have a tradition in my family of baking and giving away everything we bake to the people around us that we value and appreciate. For example, the kids’ teachers, the school bus driver, our neighbours and many more. No need for expensive presents! Lets spread happiness and good cheer to each other!
I usually make my grandmothers’ Portuguese homemade treats. Cookies and her amazing Portuguese sweet bread (masa). Since I am far away from my home in Canada, I try hard to keep traditions alive for my kids and I. This year, I will think if I will try to recreate her recipes in a vegan way or keep them as they are for sentimental reasons. There is nothing better than the smell of my grandmothers’ kitchen during the holidays.
Till then, here is a super easy recipe when you are craving something sweet but do not feel like spending so much time in the kitchen!
Easy 3 ingredient Cookies
1 cup oats
2 TBSP Peanut Butter
2 large very ripe bananas
- Mash the bananas with a fork and add the other ingredients. Combine well.
- In this batch, I also added one spoon of crushed flaxseed, 1 spoon of coconut, some raisins and a dash of cinnamon. (you may add anything you like! Just keep the consistency like cookie dough)
- Spoon the mixture onto a greased baking pan. This recipe makes 12 cookies.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Let cool and enjoy!
- I stored them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
*Inspired by blog.feelgreat8.com
Katy Taveira, MSc, BA