Make my banana sushi bar – it’s a fun way to have night cereal that I created in partnership with Got Milk #nightcereal #foodlovesmilk
I have three sisters. We are as different as can be and yet there is one strange thing we ALL do at night. Reach for a box of cereal. Normally this happens after Kayla and Blake go to bed but summer has been with us for a while now and the house rules have grown a bit…lax. At 8pm jammie clad kids are still hanging around like the last little bit of daylight.
So when I poured myself a bowl the other night and both kids immediately started begging for a bowl of their own, I gave Craig an apologetic smile and gladly brought them into the old family tradition of cereal at odd hours.
Then I realized I was sitting on a picky eater gold mine! So with a little bit of creativity I decided to give the kids a choose your own adventure sushi bar for dinner. A FUN sushi bar because, breakfast food at night. Also, when your mom hands you a tray of cereal and says feel free to dump whatever you want on this and dig in there aren’t many kids who will say no thanks.
The setup is simple. I crushed up some relatively healthy cereal (corn flakes) and put it in a baking sheet. Then I prepped a few toppings for the ids to pick from. Use whatever you like. Here I used coconut flakes, bacon and chia seeds. Believe it or not, Blake was all about the chia seeds.
Roll a couple of peeled bananas in the crushed cereal to coat them. You can do this or your kids can. Your kids can decide if they want to sprinkle on additional toppings at this point, wait until they add milk or dip their pieces of banana sushi in them as they go. This is one of those moments I think it’s best to just let the kids do what they do.
Milk is part of what makes this magical. Both Kayla and Blake love milk with cereal and Blake of course loves milk anytime of day. So I put a creamer filled with milk in the tray and let Kayla pour it over the cereal and sushi as she pleased. Her reaction – “wait, I can put as much as I want?” Yes. Yes, you can honey. Because after all, it’s not maple syrup, it’s milk.
I employed the help of a set of “cheaters” as our favorite sushi restaurant calls them. They make it easy for kids (and chopstick hopeless adults) to use chopsticks and you can find them inexpensively online. Kayla loves using them for any kind of food because, well of course they are more fun than a fork.
For Blake I added a little toddler sized fork and spoon so he could dig in to the cereal and toppings or spear a slice of banana sushi. That was it! Banana sushi bar for two. Cereal, ice cold milk, bananas and whatever add ons you like.It’s the little things like these that kids remember. Homemade fun, something silly and the gift of choice.
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