You can bring food to a toddler, but can you get him to eat? In my case, the answer is usually no, especially if it is veggies. I have taken to hiding veggies, but somehow he manages to eat around them. The only success I have had is to take those veggies, shred them beyond recognition and put said veg into a baked good.
Last week some random catalog had dinosaur chocolate molds, so I knew there had to be something that I could bake muffins in. Thanks to Amazon and those geniuses at Nordicware, I am the proud owner of a dinosaur muffin pan and hopefully will successfully get those veggies into my toddler.
These muffins are super healthy – I swapped 2 cups of flour for a combo of oat bran, flax meal, and whole wheat flour. I cut the sugar down by over 1/2 and subbed out 1/2 the oil for apple sauce. They are tasty, and most important they have a serving of veg in them. Best of all – this recipe is super quick.
1/2 c oat bran
1/2 c ground flax
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
2 c shredded carrots (I do it pretty fine to disguise the veg)
1/2 c chopped nuts
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c shredded coconut
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c canola oil
1/2 c apple sauce
1 shredded apple (or 1/2 c more applesauce)
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine dry ingredients with a whisk. Add carrots, nuts, raisins and coconut to flour and stir to combine.
In a medium bowl, beat eggs, then beat in sugar, oil, vanilla, apple sauce and apple.
Line or spray your muffin tins.
Mix wet with dry ingredients. Scoop into prepared muffin tins or pan, an ice cream scoop works great.
Bake for 20 min. Muffins are done when toothpick comes out clean or a cake tester (oxo makes a great one).
Cool in pan for 5 min then move muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.
These freeze beautiful and produce about 24 muffins. Best of all my toddler loves them!