Well, that's what I call the "fast food trap"! It's convenient, quick, and not to mention you don't have to do a lick of work to makes the Little People happy. But it's also laden with bad fats, processed oils, GMO's, and probably a week's worth of sodium! I try to do the best by my children but being a parent is tiring whether you have 1 child or 5! So how do you get the necessities done AND keep them happy & healthy?
By bribing them!!!
No, wait, that's not where I was going with this...
By pre-making a healthy snack that they will love! (THAT'S what I meant.)
Welcome to my "cheater cheater muffin eater" solution to satisfy my checklist for homemade and non-processed and also keep the Little People happy.
*Note that I used organic and home-raised/acquired ingredients for these muffins. Because that's how I roll! You don't have to do the same but I would like to inform you (disclaimer alert) that conventional items still contain things like GMO's and refined sugar, so if you're trying to avoid those things do try to stick to this as much as humanely possible. I will forgive you if you make a couple substitutions! (And possibly still help you eat them.)
Blueberry & Oatmeal Muffins
- 1 1/4 cup organic whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cup organic oats (not instant)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon course ground sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup organic, no sugar added applesauce
- 1/4 cup organic almond milk -- be aware that the vanilla kind is delicious but has added sugar
- 1/2 cup local, raw honey (microwave that bad boy for a minute just so it drizzles nicely into the batter!)
- 2 eggs, beaten (and give your chickens a pep talk: "Alright ladies, this is the moment we've all been waiting for!" You don't do that when collecting eggs for a recipe???)
- 1 cup organic blueberries
- In a small-ish bowl, beat the eggs like a Michael Jackson song. Make them all nice and frothy.
- Add applesauce and milk to eggs and whisk until incorporated.
- In a separate yet larger bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, sale, and cinnamon. Whisk together and add the applesauce-y mixture, and whisk non-aggressively until fully incorporated.
- Drizzle the honey in the mixture and whisk again.
- Do the same with the blueberries. (I used frozen blueberries because my Little People managed to eat all the fresh blueberries we had. They're devious like that! I also keep frozen organic berries from Trader Joe's in stock for smoothies, oatmeal, etc, so it worked just fine but if you grow your own like a super hero it will probably taste better!)
- Oh yeah, you're supposed to preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. I always forget to add that step in the beginning... I dig right into the ingredients step!
- Spray a muffin/cupcake tin -- I love the extra virgin coconut oil spray from Trader Joe's -- and spoon batter about 2/3 full. (I also used my mini-muffin tin to make bite sized versions for the 1-year-old!)
- Bake the muffins for 16 minutes for the minis and 16-18 minutes for regular muffins.
- Allow to rest for 5 minutes and cool on a wire rack.