I was asked this week by my daughter’s pre-school teacher to make their Easter snack so I came up with these muffins – quick and easy and full of carrots…perfect for the Easter Bunny so now they are officially called Bunny Muffins. There is no sugar in these muffins (the sweetener comes from maple syrup or mashed banana and apple) and they have a hearty blend of carrots, oats and apples and would make a delicious healthy breakfast on the go or a perfect snack for your little ones. I like to make them in mini muffin tins for small hands and bite size snacks. I literally whipped them up as I was packing lunches this morning so they aren’t fussy and pretty quick to make.
Makes 12 large or 24 mini muffins
1 3/4 cup whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
(you can add extra spices too such as ginger or nutmeg)
2 cups grated carrots (preferably organic)
1 small apple, grated
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup – OR 1 small banana, mashed
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Whisk together all the dry ingredients in one bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients.
- Combine both wet and dry ingredients until mixed together.
- Distribute among lined muffin tins.
- Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
- Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes.
Thanks to Cookie + Kate for the recipe inspiration!
Well hello, September where did you come from?
The days are cooling off, everyone is back to school and back to our work routines. After a very busy summer packing up our apartment, moving to a new home as well as traveling to Europe too, I’m definitely ready for the kids to be in school and for my regular routine to start up again.
I think the long summer holiday had done something to my brain though and I had (almost) forgotten what my kids normally eat for breakfast and packed lunch.
Healthy Mama tip: Then I remembered how useful it is to bake something and to have it handy at home.
Last Friday, my friend Laurisa and I hosted a healthy breakfast event at Real Simple magazine in Manhattan. We were up bright and early to serve Green Beauty smoothies with chia seeds for the editorial and marketing teams. The staff oohed and aahed at the beautiful smoothies and tried to guess all the delicious detoxing ingredients (hint: avocado, spinach and coconut anyone?) in the smoothies. As readers of this blog will know, I’m a big smoothie aficionado and try to start my day with them throwing in all sorts of fruits and veggies into the blender as well as protein powder and my homemade almond milk.
We were also at Real Simple to present the next 5-Day Reset Challenge starting on June 23. It’s a mini program that will help you lose weight, get rid of carb and sugar cravings and back into your skinny jeans in time for summer. It’s completely healthy, nutritious and delicious.
• Lose up to 5 pounds in 5 days
• Get better eating habits
• Control cravings for carbs and sugar
• Improve your nutrition
• Look and feel fabulous
• Recipes from Anneka for smoothies, healthy dinners and snacks
• Vegan protein powder for up to 3 smoothies per day
• Daily support
• Access to private Facebook group
Join the Real Simple team and sign up today by emailing me and I will send you all the information!