Forgive us, Mark Bittman, for we have sinned. We have used a mix to bake banana bread. We know: blasphemy!
But before you get all righteous, hear us out.
The mix was from Kids Central Kitchen, a health-conscious company out of the Pacific Northwest that uses all-natural ingredients and whole grains. It required the use of very real and very ripe bananas that were otherwise going to rot on our kitchen counter.
In fact, you might like to know that all of Kids Central’s mixes (brownies, energy bars, pancakes, cookies) are free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors and flavors. So it’s as if you’re making treats from scratch — just with fewer measuring cups and spoons to wash.
And frankly, that’s a blessing.
Available online at kidscentralkitchen.com, $4-$5.
RAIN (OR SHINE)
What: See a live sea turtle, learn about hurricanes, and marvel at coral reefs in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit.
Why: Grab a brush and add a few creative touches to the new mural.
When: Sat.-Mon., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale (954-467-6637). Adults, $11; children, $9.
Paws 2 Read
What: Budding bookworms practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog.
Why: Guaranteed to get his tail wagging.
When: Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Where: Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th St., Pinecrest (305-668-4571). Participation is free.
What: Giving Willy Wonka a run for his money, the sugar maven introduces her book, Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life, brimming with mouthwatering recipes and craft projects.
Why: Free treats. Need we say more?
When: Sat., 1 p.m.
Where: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., at Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-525-5500). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Kids Central Kitchen