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nutritious toddler muffins

BABIES! My little turdball buddies bring so much laughter and noise and fun and destruction to my house. (Yesterday alone, while I was making their lunch, they shattered my laptop screen and emptied a package of wipes.)(And in the evening, Preston dumped pop all over himself and the couch.) They love to eat, but sometimes they won’t touch anything nutritious. Or, in Preston’s case, he’ll stuff his mouth much too full and make himself gag. TODDLERS!

Anyway, I found this recipe for toddler muffins and modified it a bit. The boys inhaled them. Safely. Without choking./852 (That last little typo is courtesy of Preston. I WAS GONE FOR 3.2 SECONDS.) These things are packed with veggies and fruit, and the only person (that I know of) who won’t eat them is Liliana. Because she doesn’t like carrots. OR ANY OTHER FOOD THAT IS NOT BREAD WITH BUTTER. Or cheese and crackers.


1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large bananas*
1/2 cup pumpkin (or other squash) purée
2 carrots, grated
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat bran
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease 24 mini muffin cups (I found it made more, actually, but maybe my muffin cups are mini mini) or 12 standard muffin cups.

2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar till smooth. Mix in bananas, pumpkin, carrots, and eggs. Stir in flour, bran, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt till just combined. Fill prepared muffin cups.

3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature for up to two days. Muffins freeze well.

*You can also substitute 2/3 cup applesauce (like I did the last time I made them because I was out of bananas), but the muffins don’t stick together as well. They’re delicious, though.

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  • Deanna Friday, January 11, 2013, 12:30 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve got it pinned. I’m always looking for some good snacks to have around the house.

    • jen Friday, January 11, 2013, 2:51 pm

      These are perfect for older kids and adults, too. They disappear around here. :)

  • Daryl Grunau Friday, January 11, 2013, 11:29 am

    Oh no, shattered your screen. That sucks. Libby once spilled coffee on a laptop and killed it. Even when I placed my coffee and laptop high and out of reach. Needless to say, she had quite the throwing arm.

    • jen Friday, January 11, 2013, 2:52 pm

      I’d take a shattered screen over spilled coffee any day. It’s an easy fix – just plug in an external monitor!

      That being said, I’m busy backing up ALL THE THINGS today.

  • jennifer glen Friday, January 11, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I’m a little food challenged…what’s wheat bran? And what aisle do I find it in and how does it come packaged?

    • jen Friday, January 11, 2013, 2:53 pm

      Just regular bran. :) The original recipe said oat bran, and I don’t know what THAT is! Wheat bran is by the oats in the cereal aisle. :)

  • Melissa Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Buying the ingredients for this tonight! Just to clarify – is it brown sugar or white sugar being used? I assumed white sugar when i looked at the ingredient list but then i read to use brown sugar in the instructions so i just want to double-check.

    • jen Saturday, January 12, 2013, 3:15 pm

      Oh crap, yes, brown! Whoops! I changes it to say brown now. Thanks!!

  • rachel joy Monday, January 14, 2013, 10:52 pm

    These look yum! Do you mind if I pin from your blog? Within reason, of course. Being all “under the radar”, wanted to be sure you’re okay with that. :) Did you blow up your FB?

  • Angella Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Oh, these sound great! I’ve been looking for a healthier muffin recipe for the kids. :)

  • monstergirlee Sunday, January 20, 2013, 10:00 pm

    These look wonderful! Even for grownups. They sound like they’d be great in the kids’ lunchbox too.