Homemade, real food became the basis of my diet when I made the decision to become fueled by nature. Ensuring my family eats healthy, made-from-scratch meals proves challenging with my overwhelming schedule. Every week I choose one morning to batch cook protein bars, kid-friendly yet nutritious muffins, cauliflower bites, broccoli bites, chicken and quinoa muffins, etc. I always include my children in this process!
Why have your children serve as mini sous chefs while you cook?
1. The entire process fosters quality family time filled with messes and laughs.
2. Cooking naturally encourages lessons in mathematics from number recognition to measuring.
3. Children are exposed to various foods that lead to discussions about food groups, nutrition, portion control and the importance of healthy choices.
4. It encourages children to make good food choices later in life.
5. Picky eaters are more inclined to munch on something they have created.
Here is the Banana Almond Butter Muffin recipe we used this morning:
1 cup almond flour
2 very ripe bananas (seriously mashed)
1 cup almond butter
2 eggs (pasture-raised preferred)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
*1 tsp guar gum (optional: I find guar gum helps non-traditional flours such as almond or coconut rise nicely)
*1 tsp Sunspire candy coated chocolate pieces (obviously chocolate chips would work)
Mix all of your ingredients. Bake 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. This recipe made 10 good-sized muffins.
Adding just a few little chocolate pieces make these muffins fun! Why choose Sunspire? They have NO Artificial flavors, NO artificial colors, NO preservatives, and although they do contain soy (which I limit) the soy lecithin is a non-GMO emulsifier.
This is the finished product! Like me, my children eat five to six small meals a day (rather than three large meals). They each insisted on eating a muffin for second breakfast! I should have made a double batch!