TODDLER MUFFINS FOR THE WIN
AMAZING “TODDLER” MUFFINS
Are you making breakfast right now? Does your child eat eggs? Seriously…how and why does mine NOT eat eggs? As you have probably noticed by now….my 2.5 year old has become the pickiest of eaters. I know what you’re thinking…its normal…I know. I’m actually okay with it. After many discussions with our pediatrician and scouring of the internet, I am at peace with it and no longer engage in the power struggle of force feeding my toddler. I offer her whatever it is we’re eating and if she chooses to eat it…great and if not, that’s okay too. We do not praise nor condemn either. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t drive me absolutely CRAZY!!! “Deep breath” is my dinner time chant these days. While I try not to show my frustration (key word here being try)…I am not above secretly adding veggies to anything and everything I possibly can. Pancakes, cookies, muffins, grilled cheese, mac and cheese (speaking of…have you seen this: https://www.facebook.com/tastyjunior/videos/406801326340627/) you name it…if I can sneak a carrot or zucchini in it…I’m doing it. When I found this recipe, I made it as is and it’s delicious. Then I started playing around with it. I added chocolate chips, carrots, zucchini and all variations were just as good. She loves them. My husband loves them. I love them. They’re delicious and fairly easy to throw together. I usually double the recipe and freeze half. These are great to have on hand. Also, I cut the sugar in half. They are plenty sweet.
AMAZING TODDLER MUFFINS
Recipe Source: Real Life Dinner
- 1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup sugar (I cut this to ¼ cup)
- 2 eggs
- 3 really ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp wheat germ
- 3 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 cup quick oats
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling, optional
- I added 1 grated zucchini + 1 grated carrot and ½ cup of chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease or put liners in muffin tins
- Cream softened cream cheese, coconut oil, and sugar.
- Add eggs one at a time and continue mixing.
- Add bananas (carrots, zucchini) and vanilla
- Add wheat germ, ground flax seed, oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- Mix until well combined
- Fill muffin tins ⅔ full, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until top springs back or toothpick comes out clean.
Oh and by the way….if you have any tips or tricks on how I can trick my toddler into eating, send them my way. Seriously. While I play it cool like I don’t care if she eats I would try anything. I’m desperate. Send help….or wine. Or someone send me Milton! Am I crazy for even considering this??
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Original recipe from Maria at Real Life Dinner: http://reallifedinner.com/toddler-muffins-with-banana-cream-cheese-and-oatmeal/
Another great toddler muffin recipe can be found here: http://reallifedinner.com/the-best-toddler-muffins/