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!
I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember and it’s a wonderful tradition that I now love to share with my children. Both my children love it – the measuring out of ingredients, the mixing and the licking of the bowl after everything is in the oven. Think baking needs to be just sugary chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles on the top? Think again. There are so many ways to bake with lowering the sugar content and adding in nutritious ingredients like fruit or vegetables.
I’ve posted on my blog many times about some really great alternatives to traditional baked goods. Try my delicious sweet potato brownies or chocolate ginger beet and pear muffins with chocolate gaze or my apple and oatmeal bars. These all make perfect after school snacks or weekend teatime treats.
These simple muffins came about because we belong to a winter CSA where we get a weekly share of apples and pears (cue the cockney rhyming slang) and I was looking for a recipe that used fruit as a sweetener. There’s only a little but of sugar in this recipe but I think you could probably omit it entirely (except for the honey) and not notice it at all. These are easy and quick to make and taste delicious hot and fresh from the oven and keep for a couple of days in a cookie/biscuit tin too.
Apple – Banana – Oat – Raisin Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup of butter)
1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 medium eggs
2 tablespoons of local honey
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup raisins
1 apple, cored and cut into very small fine pieces
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup of oats (I like jumbo oats but instant will do too)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a good pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Cream together the butter and sugar and then mix in the eggs.
- Add the mashed banana and apple and honey. Mix well.
- Add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix very well. Mix in the raisins. The mixture will be fairly moist.
- Spoon into muffin liners in your muffin tin.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the top is brown. Leave in the muffin tin for about 10 minutes to cool.
I’ve been doing a lot of baking recently probably because this time of year signals the onset of chillier days and more opportunities to turn on my oven without fainting in the summer heat but also because I have two hungry children who love to bake with me and eat cake!
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.
If you’re the parent of a toddler, you know how much snacking goes on during the day. Many toddlers nowadays don’t even sit down to full meals so snack time plays a huge role in getting key nutrients into their little bodies. By buying or making healthy snacks, you are creating healthy palates and setting up great healthy eating habits for life. Toddlers love to help out in the kitchen too, so get them involved with preparing healthy snacks and there is a greater chance that they will eat anything they make.