simple veggie & fruit muffins for babies

Zeke LOVES muffins. I'm always looking for ones that are basically unsweetened, don't rely heavily on fruit and are packed with vegetables and great grains. 

this recipe is not sweet. it mostly is designed to pack in some great nutrients from wholegrains, vegetables, eggs and whole milk. it's also made to satisfy zeke's love for baked goods without causing him to crave more fruit and more sugar. 

i repeat: these muffins are pretty bland, so go heavy on the ginger and the cinnamon. that's what spices them up and gives them flavour. they are extra delicious with a dose of butter, nut butter or coconut oil - healthy fats that help kiddos thrive. 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 of a raw red or yellow beet 
  • 1/2 an overripe banana 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (warmed)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (not too cold or the oil will harden)
  • 1 inch of peeled ginger root
  • 1 cup packed grated carrot
  • 1 grated apple
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 cup sprouted spelt flour (I like Anita's)
  • 1/2 cup stoneground whole wheat flour (I like Anita's)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 0.5 tsp salt

1. HEAT the oven to 375.

2. BLEND the beet, banana, coconut oil, whole milk and ginger in a high speed blender until totally smooth then pour into a mixing bowl.

3. Add grated carrot, grated apple, and eggs. Stir until smooth.

4. In a separate bowl mix the flours, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

5. Add the dry to the wet, stir until combined. 

6. Scoop batter into mini muffin tins (mine made about 24). Bake for 18-22 minutes, until browned and they spring back when pressed. 

7. Allow to cool for a few minutes and there you go - MUFFINS!

*Inspired by: Healthy Little Foodies

inspired by a lady who is helping out by making food.

I'm sure you guys have heard about the thai boys soccer team that has been trapped in a crazy cave network over these last few weeks. 

i actually can not imagine what it's like to be one of their mothers. but i'm not even going to go into that right now.

what i want to focus on is a woman that i have been totally inspired by. i read about her in an article in the guardian. here's what it says:

Wisalaya, a woman in her 50s who lives in the surrounding Mae Sai district, is one of the many community members who have set up makeshift kitchens at the site to hand out free meals to anyone who passes by. Throughout the day soldiers, medics, and reporters could be seen standing in two inches of mud, happily slurping noodle soup. Wisalaya said: “I’m here because I love helping, and I love food.”

Legitimately. this is a lady who could be doing something else. she could be shopping. she could be cooking for her own family. she could have stayed home and watched the story on the news or listened for updates on the radio. 

but she is out there. 

she is contributing to her community by making food for the people that are making this rescue possible. she's doing something in the background. she's doing what she knows she is good at (or who knows - maybe she is actually not even good at cooking...). but i love the simplicity of her response:

"i'm here because I love helping people and I love food."

I'd love to be like this woman. Not just in a crisis, but in everyday life.