One of the things I love about being a SAHM is being able to do fun activities with my kids any time of the day.
For our merienda, I decided to make an easy Maya Oven Toaster Banana Cake with my 3-year old, Caleb. He's into fast food/Play-doh Ice cream lately so he got really excited when I told him we're going to bake his favorite Banana Cake together.
The Maya Oven Toaster Banana Cake recipe only calls for a few ingredients:
1. Maya Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix 230 grams
2. 3 Tablespoons of Cooking Oil
3. 1/4 cup Water
4. 2 Ripe Bananas
5. 1 Medium Egg
Because I love nuts, I added half a cup of almonds slivers. Walnuts would have been better but we only had almonds in the pantry.
Caleb identified the ingredients like he was on a cooking show. He also learned about some basic baking utensils like the measuring cup, measuring spoon, wire whisk and baking pan. By the way we only used 1 egg for the cake.
Any good chef should have excellent knife skills. I showed him how to slice the first banana and look at how he sliced the second banana almost perfectly. He's now promoted from using the plastic knife to the dinner knife. This is a big step for my junior master chef!
The recipe is very easy, a three- year old can do it without any fuss - just mix all the ingredients together. Actually, you don't need a whisk to put them all together, but of course I won't disappoint his fascination to the whisk.
Our finished product after 30 minutes.
It's never too early to involve our kids in the kitchen. When Caleb was younger, he would just observe and help put ingredients in the utility bowls. I feel proud that he can now slice the bananas and mix without making so much mess. Easy banana cake today, chocolate souffle tomorrow. Who knows!