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Healthy Kids Committee’s Recipe of the Month – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Recipe by Mairlyn Smith P.H.Ec. For more healthy recipes and nutrition information check out

I created these muffins when my son was going to Gledhill Junior Public School way back in the 1990’s. They are still one of my family’s favourite; deliciously moist, full of flavour and fibre.

Fibre Tip: Each muffin contains 6 g of fibre, which is about 6 times more than a commercial muffin, so don’t go and eat a half dozen. To put it mildly, you’ll be in for a big surprise about twelve hours later. So, just eat one. For little kids – make these in mini muffin tins and serve them one mini or 1/3 of a regular muffin.

Professional home economist tip: For a healthy snack serve the muffin with a glass of milk which weighs in with 8 gm protein or soy beverage which has 6 gm of protein. Both are higher in protein than commercial almond beverage which on average only supplies 1 gm of protein per serving.

Dry Ingredients

1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour

¾ cup (175 mL) wheat bran

¾ cup (175 mL) ground flaxseed– see notes below

¼ cup (60 mL) chocolate chips – see note below

2 Tbsp (30 mL) natural wheat germ

2 Tbsp (30 mL) cinnamon

1 ½ tsp (7 mL) baking powder

1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

Wet Ingredients

1 ½ cups (375 mL) mashed banana, approx. 4-5 really ripe bananas

½ cup (125 mL) dark brown sugar, packed

¾ cup (175 mL) buttermilk – see below

1 omega-3 egg

1. Preheat the oven to 400F°/200C°. Line a muffin tin with paper cup liners.

2. In a large bowl using a fork or a wire whisk mix together all the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, wheat bran, flaxseed, chocolate chips, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.

3. In a medium bowl beat together all the wet ingredients: mashed banana, brown sugar, buttermilk and egg. The mashed banana really needs to be mixed in well.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

5. Scoop into muffin cups and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Test for doneness: a toothpick inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days on the counter. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Makes – 12

Each muffin contains: 168 Calories, 5 g Total fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 0 Trans Fat, 168 mg Sodium, 32 g Carbs, 6 g Fibre, 5 g Protein

Ground Flaxseed

Ground flaxseed is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which helps with brain function and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Store ground flaxseed in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Chocolate Chips

To make this recipe nut free and school-friendly, choose chocolate chips that are labeled free from nuts.

Big Cooking Tip

For a moist muffin make sure that the bananas are really ripe. You want them to look almost all black and be fairly squishy. You can either let your bananas hit this state of ripeness on your counter attracting fruit flies or look in the Markdown Produce Section for some ripe ones; then let them sit on your counter getting even riper.

Freeze any that you won’t be using right away. When it comes time to make these muffins pull out 4-5 of the blackened bananas; tip: freezing really turns them black, thaw them, cut off the tops, and squish them into a measuring cup, which equals perfect intensely banana flavoured mush; albeit slightly gross looking.

Make these muffins lactose free

Use soy beverage instead. To substitute: pour 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar, into a 1 cup measuring cup. Add enough soy beverage so the total measurement of vinegar and soy beverage is equal to ¾ cup.


Children 1-3 years old 19 grams

Children 4-8 years old 25 grams

Boys 9-13 years old 31 grams

Girls 9-13 years old 26 grams

Last Day to Enter to Win Family Fest Wristbands!

The Gledhill School Council wants to hear from you!

Take our brief survey (no more than 10 minutes) for a chance to win a Prize Pack of “All you can play” Wristbands for this year’s Family Fest (for up to 3 children).
What gets you coming out to School Council meetings and events? What stops you from coming?

The more we know and understand, the better informed we will be to plan and communicate in a way that works for you, your family, and our wider school community.

Complete the survey by Friday, March 9th for your chance to win. More details contained in the survey.

The draw for the wristbands will be made LIVE at the next Council meeting on Thursday, March 22nd!

Find the survey here:

(Paper copies are available in the office and will be collected throughout the month.)

Thank you in advance for your participation!


Healing Hailey

As many of you are aware, one of Gledhill’s grade 5 students, Hailey, is undergoing treatment for leukemia. Her care is placing a large financial burden on her family. There is a gofundme page set up to raise funds for Hailey’s family . It can be found HERE.

Gledhill’s staff, students and council have planned several upcoming events and opportunities for those who are able to contribute to Hailey’s family.

Movie Night Bake Sale: Our next movie night is Friday, February 2 – The movie is “SING”. There will be a bake sale at the gym entrance for those attending movie night and those who would just like to pop by and get some goodies. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to Hailey’s family. If you’d like to contribute baking to the table, please drop items off between 5:30-6:00pm to the gym that night or to the office that day.

Hearts for Hailey: Red heart valentines will be sold for $.50 each or 3 for $1. Students can purchase them at morning recess the week before Valentines day (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) outside of the music room. They will also be sold the Monday morning recess the week of Valentine’s Day (12th) and will need to be returned to the school mailbox located outside the office, by the Tuesday morning (February 13th) so they can be sorted and delivered to classes on Valentine’s Day! Pink hearts will be available, free of charge, to send Hailey a special message! Those will also be delivered to Hailey on Valentine’s Day!

Light up the Night for Hailey: Parent Teacher Interview Night is Thursday, February 15. At 6:15pm that night, families are invited to gather in the gym and begin a walk around the school grounds to “light up the night”.  Glow necklaces will be sold on February 12, 13th, 14th from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. and February 15th at 6 PM in the gymnasium. Bundle up and show our Gledhill family member how much we care!

 Any additional donations can be made in the jar located in the school office. 

gofundme page for Hailey

As some of you may be aware, Hailey, a grade 5 Gledhill student, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and a gofundme page has been created to help her family through this difficult time. The school council wanted to share the link with all our families so that if you’d like to share the page or make a donation you may.

A big Family Fest THANK YOU!

The Gledhill School Council would like to thank everyone who attended Friday’s Family Fest and helped to make it such a success!

Thank you to our organizers – Melissa, Scarlett, Chantal and Marni who put together a fantastic line up of fun activities and delicious food.

Thank you to our army of parent (and staff) volunteers who helped to set up, run stations and clean up after the event.

Thank you to our dozens of families who donated a delicious assortment of food for our Bake and International Food tables.

Thank you to the group of grade 3 students who worked hard to make and sell their crafty creations raising $27 for the school council.

Thank you to our local businesses who donated food, tents and gift certificates: Davidson’s Valu-mart, Hollandaise Diner, Oak Park Deli, Time Capsule Cafe, Firkin on the Danforth, Kevin Smith Homes, Hand and Stone, Dance Kids Canada and Carter’s Ice Cream.

The funds raised at Family Fest make it possible to have the variety of council sponsored programs and activities we have at Gledhill. These include Skate Day, Scientist in the Classroom, Drama with Jeff, Prologue Theatre performances as well as  many other initiatives.

Thank you to everyone for continuing the tradition of Family Fest at Gledhill.

School Council Election Results

A big thank you to everyone who attended our first school council meeting! We had a large turnout with many people offering their services to help out the council this year.

Names were put forth for the following council positions and none were contested, so all positions were acclaimed without needing paper ballots:

Your 2016/2017 School Council includes:

Chair: Andrea N-E

Secretary: Jill K-A

Treasurer: Jennifer R

Eco-chair: Amy T

Parent Class Rep: Colette B

Ward & School Rep: Marni K & Heather C

Communications chair: Stephanie R

Volunteer chair: Leslie V

Parent Engagement Chair: Maxine W

Fundraising co-chairs: Melissa H and Scarlett S

Healthy Kids co-chairs: Jill K-A and Naomi W

Governance chair: Lexi E

If you were unable to make the meeting and are interested in getting involved, please email:

Meeting minutes will be posted after each meeting on this site under “Council” and then “Minutes.”

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25. All parents are voting members of the school council and welcome to attend any meeting. Housekeeping items will be discussed 6-6:30 and main agenda items will begin at 6:30pm. Childcare and snacks will always be provided!

Did someone say “Pizza, Childcare and Conversations with Adults?” School Council Meeting tonight – 6pm

Yes, it’s true!

Our first School Council Meeting of the year is tonight in the library on the 2nd floor – 6pm -7:30pm.

Tonight’s Agenda

6:00pm to 6:30pm (housekeeping items)

Approval of previous meeting minutes – June 7, 2016 (5 minutes)

Chair Updates – Parent Engagement, Communications, Fundraising, Grants, Healthy Kids, Volunteer, Parent Class Representatives, Ward and School Advocacy, Eco, Governance (25 minutes)

* Pizza lunch dates

* Movie night dates

6:30pm to 7:30pm (main agenda items)

Welcome and introductions (10 minutes)

Principal’s update (10 minutes)

* September class reorganization update

Council position elections for 2016/17 (30 minutes – FOR DECISION for positions not needing voting)

* Update about process

* Overview of positions

* Confirm next steps and timing

Other Business (10 minutes)


Upcoming dates

* TBC once this year’s Council is in place

Each Gledhill parent brings their own set of unique skills and experiences and we encourage everyone to consider where theirs could be helpful to the council.

Council roles are one year terms, so executive positions which need filling each September are:

Chair / Co-Chair – provides leadership and guidance to the Council, liaises with the Principal and Vice Principal on School Council related matters, and represents the Council at external Toronto District School Board (TDSB) meetings, as required. People are welcome to put their name forth as a single Chair or two people can choose to put their names forth as a Co-chair partnership.

Secretary – provides organizational oversight for the Council, including attending and taking minutes at each School Council meeting, preparing these minutes for draft review, and assisting in the creation and sharing of meeting agendas. The Secretary also ensures that agendas and minutes are shared on the School Council website.

Treasurer – responsible for maintaining the School Council financial records including issuing cheques, making bank deposits, preparing financial statements (including annual statements to the TDSB), and bank account reconciliations. The Treasurer is a signatory on the bank account. (Note: Our outgoing 2015/2016 Treasurer will be available to help anyone interested in assuming this role)

Additional Chair Positions which need filling include:

Parent Engagement Chair, Communications Chair, Fundraising Chair, Grants Chair, Healthy Kids Chair, School Improvement Chair, Volunteer Chair, Parent Class Representatives Chair, Ward and School Advocacy Chair, Eco Chair,  and Governance Chair.

Full Descriptions of the electable roles can found here:

If you are interested in putting your name forth for a position, please complete this declaration form and submit it to the office before dismissal on Thursday, Sept 22 or at the meeting tonight.

We will discuss the role of School Council and review our elected positions. At that point, anyone interested in putting their name forward for a council role will be encouraged to do so and voting will take place. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend regardless of whether they are interested in holding an elected position or not.

Can’t make the meeting? No worries. You can fill out your voting ballot in the school office from Friday, Sept 23 through Tuesday, Sept 27. Results will be announced on Wednesday, Sept 28th.

If you have any questions about the elected council positions, please email us at

We look forward to seeing you tonight!