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pinterest needs a JUST DID THIS button

I go back and forth on my love/hate of Pinterest. Some days I can’t see another photo of a beautiful house-I’ll-never-have and I don’t sign in for a couple weeks. Some days I see recipe after recipe that my picky eater will actually eat or some kind of something I actually find helpful and my love is renewed.

Toddler Muffins

I made these Toddler Muffins on Friday. I liked that they only used a bit of sugar. I substituted pureed zucchini (my zucchini plants have been slowing down, but still producing a lot) for the jarred baby food, and pulled a couple carrots out of my garden as well (even though I’m waiting for the first frost to harvest them). I didn’t have any pumpkin pie spice, so I put equal-ish portions from this recipe into a teaspoon and called it good enough.

I think I baked the mini ones for 13 minutes, and the big ones for 15. Preston devoured them. I haven’t tested them out on Kesler yet, as he was gone by the time I made them, but I’ll test them out on him today.

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

This morning I made these Peanut Butter Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies. I’m getting really sick of the girls being hungry an hour after their breakfast of cereal, and so I refuse to by any more. I need an alternative, obviously, and I think these breakfast cookies are a start. They contain zero sugar and zero flour. They do contain nuts and peanut butter, but we have no allergies in our house. (Thankfully.)(We love peanut butter.)

I didn’t have any applesauce, but we’d just been given a giant bag of freshly-picked apples, so I made some out of those. I actually did buy the protein powder the recipe suggests.

I think I left them in the oven a little too long. The recipe said to bake for 30 minutes, but after 27 minutes, Liliana NEEDED ONE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE SHE WAS SO HUNGRY AND DID NOT WANT TO DIE so I checked on them, and the tips were a bit too dark brown. I’m thinking 20-25 minutes will do it. There aren’t any eggs in the cookies, so it’s not like under-baking them would be harmful. (And I usually under-bake cookies, anyway, because we like to play around with salmonella.) Maybe they were so dark because I used a pizza stone instead of a cookie sheet with parchment paper, like the recipe directed? (I’ve never been one for directions, and I’m quite in love with my pizza stone.)(And this is why I prefer cooking to baking, because there’s more room for creativity.)

All three of my kids devoured the “cookies”. (Nobody tell Liliana what is in them.) Kesler wasn’t a huge fan. But, he’d also just inhaled 428 arrowroot cookies, so that might have been his deal.

The best part about both these recipes is that I did not have to use a mixer for them, which meant that I could bake during nap time without waking the babies. (NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING TODDLER.)

I just pulled a taller-than-my-toddler zucchini out of my garden, so I guess I’m off to search Pinterest for a chocolate zucchini cake recipe.

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  • becca Monday, August 27, 2012, 11:47 am

    Oooh, those cookies look good.

    • mrswilson Monday, August 27, 2012, 12:51 pm

      They are delicious! Especially since I added chocolate chips. :)

  • chelsey Monday, August 27, 2012, 12:45 pm

    just pinned a zucchini brownie this morning!! :) :)

    • mrswilson Monday, August 27, 2012, 12:51 pm

      I’m off to check it out!!

  • Melissa Monday, August 27, 2012, 1:08 pm

    I am so going to try these muffins for my little guy. Off to repin the recipe now!

  • Kami Monday, August 27, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Yum! We do toast from homemade bread around here as my kids don’t really like cereal. Probably because it lasts about an hour as you note:)

    I have a great chocolate zuch cake recipe, if you want it just let me know. Easy peasy and so good!

  • Elsa Monday, August 27, 2012, 4:14 pm

    I’ve got a chocolate zucchini cake recipe and a white one with cream cheese icing. Just let me know if you want either of them:)

  • Angella Monday, August 27, 2012, 9:19 pm

    They look AMAZING.

    (You go on Pinterest every day? I’m lucky if I get on there once a month.)

    • mrswilson Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 7:24 am

      Ha! NO. Not every day. Sometime every couple days, sometimes every couple weeks. Unless I’m looking for something specific, then I go on it as needed. :)

  • bethany actually Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 12:41 am

    I love muffin (or cookie!) recipes that are full of protein and fiber for breakfast. They are so much more filling than cereal!

    • mrswilson Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 7:23 am

      And they taste so GOOD! Especially with the chocolate chips. Even Liliana likes them!

  • Sharla Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 11:45 pm

    My cousins wife has a super healthy website and just posted a zucchini loaf and it http://www.ificouldiwould-stephanie.blogspot.ca/
    Love the blogs!!!

    • mrswilson Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 7:23 am

      I’m off to check it out!

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