Sunday, July 3, 2016

Finlandia: Because Everything's Better With Butter And Cheese

June, AKA: National Dairy Month, may have morphed into July in a rush of graduations, end of the year school events and activities, and weddings, but every month is dairy month in our family. We adore cheese and butter and Finlandia's is an incredible addition to the summer cooking season. 

Check out ChiIL Mama's Coconut Banana Bread recipe below with Finlandia butter in and on it. This week we've also been enjoying Finlandia butter when we grilled out sweet corn and red potatoes, and on French Toast. I've even made Grilled Turkey Rubens With Melted Finlandia Swiss. 

My daughter even made Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispie Treats in Finlandia colors for the 4th of July and beyond, which are extra tasty with Finlandia butter.

In late June, ChiIL Mama was invited to celebrate National Dairy Month by joining Finlandia's campaign. Thanks to them, we were sent a free Dairy Delight Kit which included salted and unsalted butter, swiss cheese, and a cute and practical lunchbox which we're still enjoying on a daily basis. We're thrilled to partner up with them for this sponsored post.

Finlandia Butter and Cheese is made from pure, hormone-free milk, which comes from happy cows that live on family-owned farms in Finland—the greenest country on Earth. No hidden chemicals, no factory farms—just pure, creamy goodness. 

My 15 year old son devours banana bread!

ChiIL Mama's Coconut Banana Bread: 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/3 cups of overripe, mashed bananas (approx 4-5 bananas)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup of Finlandia butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
coconut oil spray

15 min prep time
1 hour cook time + 10 min cool down

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. We recommend coconut spray or silicone bread pans so you don't need extra spray at all.

Combine flour, coconut, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Cream butter and brown sugar in a smaller bowl. Stir in beaten eggs, coconut oil and mashed bananas. Blend banana mix into flour mixture and stir well. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Cool bread in the pan 10 minutes then remove from pan, slice and serve. It's extra delicious topped with Finlandia butter, banana slices, and/or fresh berries.

My family and I eat butter and cheese almost everyday. And part of my job as a mom is making sure my family eats healthy foods free of harmful growth hormones, preservatives, and dyes. I trust Finlandia Cheese for my family, a brand that has been crafting some of the highest quality cheese and butter for over a century. Their products taste better and are better for you than those laced with additives, BGH and more!

Finlandia's cheeses and butters are all-natural and hormone-free, and they taste incredible. Imported from Finland using milk produced by well-cared-for cows, Finlandia Butter is rich and creamy.  It's nothing like any butter you've ever tasted.  And you could eat Finlandia Cheese straight from the package—no crackers needed.

Want more excellent recipes, deals and fab food photos?Follow the #finlandiacheese and #finlandiabutter hashtags and tag your creations too. Follow @finlandia.cheese on Instagram and @finlandiacheese on Twitter and Facebook.

Here at ChiIL Mama, my husband and son cook just as much as my daughter and I do. Getting your family (and kids of all ages) involved in the kitchen can help create lasting memories and start an important conversation around nutrition and health. It also preps kids to grow into self sufficient adults who have a clue about feeding themselves and others in healthy ways. If you're in need of some culinary inspiration, check out the Finlandia Cheese Facebook page.


Disclosure: Thanks to Finlandia for providing complimentary review samples. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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