I have been trying to introduce the toddler twosome to a few new reasonably healthy toddler snacks for morning /afternoon tea lately. We are stuck in a bit of a rut with the crispy, crunchy cracker type snacks as that it what Ruby is happiest with!
But we haven't gotten this far with her SPD food aversion issues by not trying and retrying new things so i have persevered…and finally i have found a winner with both girls…and the grown up part of the family too!
So of course i thought i better share my good luck with you! I found this recipe for muffins in my Gran's old recipe book and i do vaguely remember the taste from childhood but I'm pretty sure i had no idea they had 3 vegetables in them! It's a pretty basic muffin recipe with grated vegies so I'm sure there are quite a few similar versions floating out there….but I'm sticking with my Gran's as it tastes wonderful…the brown sugar really lends a warm sweetness to them….I guess they aren't super healthy but they still provide a good vegie boost to the toddler twosome's diet….every bit counts at the moment as far as i am concerned!!
CARROT, SWEET POTATO & PUMPKIN MUFFINS
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Cup Plain Flour
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Grated Sweet Potato
- 1/3 Cup Grated Carrot
- 1/2 Cup Grated pumpkin (I used Kent as that is what we have in the garden at moment!)
- 2 Eggs (lightly beaten)
- 1/4 Cup Oil (Vegetable or Canola…Gran didn't specify but i used Canola)
Now you need to….
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and then make a well in the centre.
Add sugar, eggs, grated vegies and oil and combine well.
Spoon mixture into a greased mini muffin (or large if you prefer) tin and bake for 15-20 mins in a moderate oven (180 Celsius).
Leave in the tin for 10 mins before turning out onto a rack to cool.
The texture of these muffins is soft on the inside but with a few crunchy bits on the crust so i think that appealed to Ruby. They weren't too gluggy or too dry so were quite easy for her to chew and swallow. The swallowing part is often a problem with cakey type foods. But i was really pleased with how both girls took to these and they give me another option at snack time!