Looking for a way to get your toddler (or anyone else) to increase their intake of veggies without a hassle? This is the perfect solution! The biggest problem is usually that they tend to disappear so quickly. As shown in the picture below, I made both mini-muffins and regular sized ones, but will go with just the regular sized ones in the future. The toddler I tested them out on (my two-year-old grandson Augustine) inhaled the little ones and kept asking for more – even a full sized one wasn’t enough for him. They were also a hit with his parents and big brother.
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This is a good way to up the veggie consumption of your picky toddlers, but these muffins are delicious, so don’t hesitate to serve them to your whole family (or eat them yourself). I used cooked sweet potato since that is what I had on hand, but you could also use winter squash or pumpkin. The original recipe uses a jar of winter squash baby food.. I also think you could get away with adding other veggies – maybe shredded zucchini, chopped greens, etc. – but I haven’t tried that. If you do, let me know how it turns out!
I had the perfect test subject – my grandson who just turned 2 years old who has apparently decided to drive his parents nuts by refusing vegetables in any form. I made a dozen mini muffins, and had enough extra batter to make 8 regular size muffins. I served him one of the minis, and he devoured it and wanted more. The only down side was that after carefully smelling and licking the muffin, he shoved the whole thing into his mouth. I played it safe with the second one and broke it into fourths before giving it to him which slowed him down a bit. Since I was trying to get him to also eat a scrambled egg, I didn’t offer him any more of the minis, but he did talk me out of about 1/4 of the regular sized muffin I was eating. (Yes, he ate most of the egg.)
Adapted from All Recipes.com
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, or to taste
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- ½ cup mashed cooked sweet potato
- 2 carrots, grated
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Have you ever purchased bananas from Costco? Its less than $2 for a bunch, and usually there is 6-8 in a bunch. I mean 6-8 big bananas. Costco has spoiled me. I can’t buy my bananas anywhere else. As happens to me occasionally though, I totally underestimated the ripeness of my banana bunch. In a day or two I ended up with 6 huge brown bananas. I already have a few loaves of traditional banana bread in the fridge, so I wanted to find something a bit different.
They are fluffy and moist, and the greek yogurt provides a bit of a protein boost. The chocolate chips are noted to be optional, but I threw in plenty.