Hello and welcome to a brand new week of Unicorn themed fun. We have already explored crafts and games this month but don't worry I have included links to both of those below. This week we are going to look at some brilliant Unicorn snacks, these are great for lunch box items, birthday party food or just something fun to do at home when you don't want to go out or maybe when you're stuck in waiting for a delivery.
Lets kick this off with Banana Bread. I love Banana Bread so any excuse to make more and Im up for it. This is also great to make ahead and freeze the entire loaf, you can freeze it for up to three months. When you are ready to use it, just thaw overnight in the fridge and then leave out on the the counter top to come up to room temperature before serving.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
sprinkles, for topping
PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray two 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
STEP 1: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
STEP 2: In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined.
STEP 3: Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.
STEP 4: Sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!
STEP 5: Fold in sprinkles.
STEP 6: Pour banana bread mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake at 375F for 15 minutes. REDUCE heat to 350F and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pan.
MAKE VANILLA ICING:
STEP 7: In a large bowl, beat together the butter with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
STEP 8: Fill a zip-lock bag with vanilla icing, lock it shut and snip off a corner of the bag. Ice top of bread and sprinkle with additional sprinkles.
*STORE: Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
• 4 carrots
• 2 large handfuls of spinach
• 100g frozen peas
• 2 cooked beetroots
• 150g cream cheese or soft goat cheese
• 4 slices wholemeal bread (pick a good quality bread with minimal added ingredients, or if you have time make the Organix homemade bread recipe)
1. Peel the carrot and slice into discs. Steam for approx. 20 minutes until tender. Add the spinach leaves and peas to the steamer for another 2 minutes (you can boil the vegetables instead if you prefer).
2. Drain the veg and allow to cool.
3. Create 3 different coloured spreads. Blend one third of the soft cheese with the carrots for an orange spread, then place into a storage pot. Blend a third with the spinach and peas for a green spread, then finally a third with the cooked beetroot. Place them straight into the fridge to firm up. Use either a high speed blender or stick blender, whichever you prefer.
4. Once firm, spread 3 slices of bread, one with each colour spread. Place the slices on top of each other with the spread face up, creating a sandwich, adding the plain slice on top. Carefully cut the sandwich into little squares, triangles or any shape you like, great for your little one to grab hold of.
These spreads can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a couple of days, or frozen for a month. You can also remove the crusts to see the colours all the way around the edge. Great for parties, lunchboxes and picnics.
You can also add fresh herbs to the green spread, such as basil to add an interesting flavour, and some grated parmesan for a more cheesy flavour. Why not experiment with other vegetables, using roasted carrots rather than steamed gives a different flavour to the orange spread.
If you liked the rainbow Sandwiches how about combining them into an entire Rainbow Lunch? This is a Bento style lunch box which is something I love and have mentioned before on this blog, just search for the term "Bento" and see what comes up. It's a Japanese style of packing a lunch box so that all the ingredients are in correct proportions and you get a nice blend of colours whilst also being practical in that the ingredients are filled in a way that everything holds together.
Start by cutting out the bread into a Unicorn shape, use a cutter like the one I have found below, you can fill this with whatever you want but a rainbow Sandwich would be brilliant. Set this aside and continue with the rest of the lunch box. This cutter can also be used for making Unicorn Biscuits and how about Unicorn Water melon slices?
Lay the rainbow veggies out in the bottom of the largest compartment in your lunch box. I arranged mine in colour order – purple carrots, red pepper sticks, orange carrots, yellow baby corn and green cucumber. Lay the rainbow fruit out in one of the smaller lunch box compartments. I arranged mine in the following order; red grapes, strawberry slices, green grapes and blueberries. Fill another compartment with a plain popcorn ‘cloud’. Finish the lunch off with a couple of gold coin for a treat (optional).
This is super simple, tasty and healthy too! Anything Unicorn needs to be super colourful so it's time to raid the cupboard and fridge and see what you have for the different colours. You can mix things up with different coloured peppers and different types of beans etc.
Here is what I had to use
Red: roma tomatoes and red bell peppers
Orange: orange bell peppers
Yellow: corn and yellow bell peppers
Green: jalapeno and fresh coriander
“Blue”: black beans (eh, close enough)
Purple: red onion
You will also need the juice of a lime too. Try adding some Avocado chunks and maybe try heating up some corn on the cob on a griddle pan until it starts to blacken. Run a knife down the cob to release the corn kernels. This adds a great smokey flavour to the salsa instead of using a can of sweetcorn. Enjoy this with some tortilla chips and you have a great lunchtime snack.
All of these great snack ideas is making me thirsty so how about some Unicorn Lemonade, maybe we should call this something like a Unicorn Tears Drink? That gives me an idea for next week, make sure you come back next Tuesday for another week of great Unicorn fun and check out the posts at the bottom of this post for more Unicorn theme fun.
Unicorn Tears Drink
This really couldn't be simpler, so I have added some extra little touches to take this idea over the top but for the actual drink, you'll make it in no time at all really and the kids can help you make it too.
To Start With you'll need:
Pink Food Colouring
Purple Food Colouring
Blue/Teal Food Colouring
3 cups of water
Divide the cups of water so that you mix one cup of pink, one cup of purple and one cup of blue water. Always start with a small amount of food colouring so you can add more if needed. You want nice bright colours.
Fill Ice cube trays with the coloured waters, try to make sure they stay separate, so maybe use a different ice cube tray for each colour. You will need lots of ice in every drink so you may need to make extra cubes.
Now whilst they are freezing you can pop to the shops and get the best Lemonade you can buy, it can be fizzy or more of a classic cloudy lemonade whichever you prefer.
To make the drink fill the glass with as much of the coloured ice as possible, to to add the cubes in layers of the different colours. Pour over the lemonade and watch the magic, as the ice melts the drink should blend and change colour whilst retaining the great lemonade taste. Add a slice of lemon on top and try the extra touches below to take it over the top.
Use corn syrup, poured onto a plate and before you make the drinks but after the ice cubes are in the freezer. Place the glass mouth down onto the corn syrup and roll it around so the rim of the glass is covered. Now roll the rim through a plate of sprinkles (hundreds and thousands), put in the fridge to chill and solidify.
See if you can find a rainbow decorated glass or tumbler and a unicorn straw, it's all in the presentation and these touches will take it to the next level. I have added some links below for what I could find.