Kelsey Banfield
thenaptimechef.com
Hometown:
Cooperstown, NY
Location:
Fairfield, CT

About Me: While having children means parents have to change the way they cook, they certainly don’t need to change the way they eat. In 2009, I started my blog, The Naptime Chef, to show how I fit great food into family life by cooking during my daughter’s naptime. The Naptime Chef also provides inspiration for events that parents often have to cook for, like bake sales, picnics, book club gatherings, and potluck dinners. When I’m not in the kitchen, I love gardening, reading, and building sand castles with my 2 year old daughter.

Recipes Posted by Kelsey Banfield:

This sweet smoothie tastes like your favorite pear crumble dessert. But instead it is a protein-packed shake with a natural sweetness that makes it feel like a dessert even when it isn’t. The oatmeal thickens the texture and gives it extra body, while the pear provides the sweet fruity flavor. With just a pinch of cardamom and a generous dose of peanut butter it is the best way to enjoy your crumble through a straw.

Drinking this smoothie is like treating yourself to your favorite dessert without the heavy calories. Each sip tastes like a piece of chocolate dipped fruit. The combination of berries and peanut butter make this the perfect sip for morning to get you started on the right foot. The bananas provide texture while the berries and chocolate peanut butter pack a flavorful punch that can’t be beat.

This sweet smoothie is sweetened naturally by the pure maple syrup in the maple peanut butter. It is light and creamy and perfect for a quick pick-me-up mid-day, or a light lunch. Regular cow’s milk or rice milk can be substituted if you prefer. You’ll still get the creamy flavor with just the right amount of warm cinnamon spice.

This creamy peanut butter smoothie has a subtle sweetness and spicy kick. The avocado makes it silky and smooth. Just a dollop of honey is all that is needed for just the right amount of sweetness. This healthy drink is just the thing to power you up in the morning or when you need a quick afternoon snack.

I make all kinds of complicated breakfast recipes on the weekends, but on the weekdays I am all about simplicity. One of my favorite things to do is stir a generous dollop of luscious smooth peanut butter into a hearty bowl of cream of wheat. It is an easy way to add protein and flavor to the most important meal of the day.

This dish is the perfect make-ahead family meal. Stir up a spicy sweet peanut-butter based sauce, slather it on juicy chicken thighs and let it cook all afternoon. When you lift the lid at dinnertime you’ll be greeted with moist chicken infused with spicy, sweet flavors. Serve them over rice and with steamed broccoli on the side for a healthful meal.

No-bake cookies are a wonderful way to produce a delicious treat without all the hassle of mixing and baking. To make these delicate peanut butter cookies you boil all of the ingredients for a minute, then let the batter chill until they are ready to enjoy. The absence of flour also makes them perfect for those allergic to wheat because they are naturally gluten-free.

This dense loaf cake is the stuff of dreams! Chocolate peanut butter is swirled into the peanut butter cake base and topped with a sweet pistachio streusel. Serve slices for teatime or dessert, or even, if you’re feeling indulgent, for breakfast.

I am always game for an amazing ice-cream sundae. This is my newest favorite because it combines two of my favorite flavors – peanut butter and chocolate. To give the ice-cream extra texture I take it over the top by adding chocolate peanut butter dipped pretzels. The saltiness of the pretzel lends just the right amount of extra flavor and subtle crunch.

I first became hooked on scones when I was living in Scotland. I ate one almost every day! These days they are more of a treat for me, I only make them once in a while. Scones are great for breakfast or served with afternoon tea. I love the way these have such a unique flavor because of the honey in the peanut butter. They are best accompanied with a hot cup of coffee or glass of cold milk.

This decadent pasta dish pairs Mighty Maple peanut butter with moist baked chicken. When sealed into ravioli and cooked the peanut butter and chicken swirl together, making each bite of this meal a meltingly rich treat. I love any kind of pasta, and so does my daughter, so these are particularly popular at our house.

The inspiration for this sandwich comes from my favorite flavor pairing of chocolate and fruit. In this recipe the rich chocolate peanut butter is combined with the naturally sweet pear to make a delicious toasted treat. When making this I purposely don’t go overboard with the peanut butter, only adding a thin layer to the rustic bread so that it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the fruit. It is a great sandwich for adults and children alike.

The Heat is On Soba Noodles make a perfect lunch, snack or side dish for dinner. To balance out the heat of the peanut butter I added some soy sauce and lemon juice. Then I topped them with chopped peanuts for crunch. These are great eaten warm right after being prepared, or packed cold for a picnic. I love to eat them late at night when I am in the mood for a healthy, protein packed snack.

The Heat is On Soba Noodles