Ok so when you have 4 kids you have 4 different humans that have 4 different tastes and a short order cook I am not! So, what’s a tired mama to do? Cook fast, easy meals and snacks that give healthy options even if the healthy bits are hidden in the mix!
My FAVE Muffins
Hi my name is Erin and I am addicted to baking – there I said it! I LOVE to bake, mostly because I LOVE to eat all the things I make. Cookies, muffins, cupcakes, I am a sweet carb addict! So, it’s not just for the kids that I have to up the health quotient in my baking – I need it too! My absolute go to is Banana Muffins. So easy, and so versatile too – you really cannot make it a wrong way, and I always love to add different ingredients in to change it up and also allow the kids to help choose the types of muffins we make.
Now, normally when you check out a blog there are about 400 paragraphs before the recipe - me, I like to get right to the point, no dilly dallying as we say!
Easy Bake Banana Muffins
1 ½ cup[s flour (any kind you prefer, we use whole wheat)
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 egg (you can also just skip the egg and add 1/8 of a cup of water, oil or add egg substitute if you want)
2 mashed bananas (like the old browny ones you have in your freezer – I KNOW you have some!)
¾ cup of sugar (white, brown, stevia, they all work!)
½ cup oil, coconut oil or applesauce (I use a mix of both coconut and veg oil)
¾ cup of goodies (nuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, oats, coconut flakes, whatever floats your boat!)
1/2 to 1 cup of water (I sometimes add in more depending on the consistency of the batter, depending on what inclusions you add) This is to add to the mixture once all other items are mixed in, and you want it to look like pancake batter.
2 servings (the cup that comes in the tub) of protein powder (I use Vega organic protein & greens from Costco!)
Turn on your over to 350F, and you will bake then for 20-24 minutes depending on your goodies, and your oven. Basically I just cook them until I can stick a fork in and not get any goo coming back out. Because of the protein powder it gets a bit gooey but it will cook up no problem, don’t worry my friends!
Mix all the dry ingredients in 1 bowl, in a larger bowl, mix all the wet ingredients (except the water). I usually use my hand mixer to mix up all the wet and then gradually add the mixed dry ingredients to the larger wet bowl. It should be kind of mixed up and then I add in the water until I get the consistency I want (like pancake batter). Get your cupcake pan ready with your silicone baking cups and divide into each until its just ¾ full. Throw in the oven and watch the magic – well the baking happen!
I love to let the kids put sprinkles, coconut flakes, chocolate chips or nuts on the tops of the muffins. It gets them helping and also makes the muffins look more like cupcakes and they love that.
These freeze really well - and when I am feeling really on the ball I do make mini's for their lunches, we have some silicone molds that make mini muffins perfectly for lunch, so when I remember we do that as well.
So there you go - good hearty muffins that will fill up the kids with protien, veggies and other goodness they won't even know the difference!
Happy baking mamas!