Alright enough chit chat. Here we have Baby's 1st Vegan Muffins note these are wheat free, dairy free and egg free which are all important for many different children due to sensitivities and allergies, as well whole eggs are not recommended until after 12 months of age due to the high risk of allergy. These muffins are also free of any 'bad' fats keeping them simple pure and wonderful for baby's 1st muffin.
Simply Pure Baby's 1st Mini Muffins
1/2c large flake oatmeal
2/3 cup oatmeal flour (or flour of choice) - may be able to use 1/3c infant cereal I have not tried that yet ;)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 egg replacer (1T ground flax + 3T water) or you may use an egg
2T olive oil
1/4 c maple syrup (may substitute 1/4c unsweetened apple sauce)
3T brown sugar
1/2 cup blueberries
1 ripe banana
Preheat oven 350F
1) Mix oatmeal, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl, in a separate bowl mix oil, egg replacer (1st mix flax and water in a bowl and allow it to 'gel' up), vanilla, syrup and banana.
2) Fold wet into dry stir until combined (don't over stir batter will become sticky) fold in blueberries and put into muffin papers
3) Fill mini muffin papers 3/4 full bake 10-12 min (until toothpick comes out clean), cool on a wire rack store in a sealed container or may freeze.
Variations: Substitute raspberries for blueberries, substituting spelt or whole wheat flour for oatmeal flour. If texture is an issue put batter into food processor and puree to desired texture. I am going to continue to experiment with this recipe I would like to add bran and wheat germ (to increase fibre) everyone could use a little extra fibre in there diet.
So why eat blueberries? Not only are they yummy they make a perfect finger food and 1 serving of blueberries has as many disease fighting antioxidants as 5 servings of broccoli, apples, carrots and squash - so the question becomes why wouldn't you eat blueberries?
Have you made muffins for your baby? Have you cooked with oat or spelt flour before? What is your flour of choice for baking? What are your favorite muffins? Do you have any recipes that you can "babyize"?
Finger foods and Baby's 1st pancakes to come later this week (along with a schedule of baby's first foods month by month and easy to follow :)... and we are still in the midst of "pesto" experimentation full post to come on that later this month after we "babyize" the recipe this week... this is a preview of the Roasted Garlic + Kale Pesto w White Beans.
Enjoy your Monday and Happy Valentines Day!!