mighty morning muffins

mighty morning muffinsmighty morning muffins

We’re heading away for the weekend to one of our favourite island destinations in the whole wide world to watch my beautiful baby sister marry the man of her dreams.

We are all so excited but very busy.  There is so much to organise when travelling with little ones and no matter how planned and thought out I think I am there always seems to be bits and pieces I miss and last minute dashes to the store are inevitable.  Today’s mad rush involved hunting down a pair of stockings for Miss G.

Packing food for the kids is always a challenge too.  So at the beginning of the week we got busy in the kitchen and baked a whole heap of goodies to freeze and take with us.   In our lunch box we have coconut banana pancakes, delicious oat choc chip cookies, pea and mint fritters and a batch of these gorgeous golden mighty morning muffins.

These muffins really are mighty and so jam packed with nutritional goodness.  The combination of oats, sultanas, carrot and banana make them a hearty baby led weaning breakfast and will keep the little ones going well and truly until lunch time.

These muffins couldn’t be simpler to prepare simply whisk together the wet ingredients along with the banana and carrot, fold through the dry ingredients, pop into a muffin tin and bake.  This particular recipe makes approximately 15 muffins and freezes beautifully. Simply allow the muffins to cool completely, wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.

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wholemeal blueberry pikelets

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These wholemeal blueberry studded pikelets are absolutely delicious and made even more amazing when smothered in our homemade blueberry sauce.

I decided to whip these up for the kids morning tea early Tuesday morning as it was a little too cool for our usual morning walk and let’s just say the natives were getting restless.

Whenever I’m out of ideas to keep the kids happily entertained I always retreat to the kitchen.  With Grace perched on the kitchen bench and Harry nestled beside in his high chair they are happily entertained stirring, mixing, cracking eggs and baking for an hour or so.

These blueberry pikelets with blueberry sauce were a huge hit.  Not only did they keep the kids entertained whilst we stirred and cooked the blueberry studded batter but they gobbled them up ferociously once just cool enough.

The combination of the yoghurt and wholemeal flour in this recipe creates the most lovely and tender pikelets.  This lovely texture however can make the pikelets a little more tricky to flip.  My advice is to cook the pikelets over a low-medium heat and to cook them nice and slowly.  Once bubbles start to appear on the surface of the pikelet it means the pikelet has started to cook throughout the centre and is ready to be gently flipped.  I made flipping a little easier on myself by not overloading the pan, spacing the pikelets 3-4 centimetres apart and by using my trusty metal spatula.

Our blueberry sauce was a last minute idea I had and I have to say I’m glad that we went to the effort.  Not that I can really call it an effort.  We simply popped the blueberries, maple syrup and a dash of water into a saucepan and cooked over medium heat for a few minutes, just until the sauce had thickened slightly.  Once cooled, I drizzle and swirled the blueberry sauce through a pot of thick and creamy greek yoghurt and topped each pikelet with a dollop.   The kids gobbled them up and even asked for more.

These recipe yields approximately 24 pikelets so I decided to divide the cooked pikelets into two and freeze half.  To freeze, simply wrap individual portions (2 pikelets in each) in a little clingfilm, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the freezer.  The pikelets will be fine nestled away in the deep freeze for up to 3 months.  To defrost, I simple remove them from the freezer, allow to thaw and if needed pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds or so just to reheat.  I find packing a lunch box so much easier with a freezer full of homemade baked goodness.

If your little one is just beginning their baby led weaning journey pikelets are a great recipe to begin with.  Not only are they made with wholemeal flour and contain very little sugar (if you wish, please feel free to replace the brown sugar with equal amounts of maple syrup) but they’re also chockfull of fruit and the perfect shape and texture for blw beginners.

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wholemeal apple muffins

wholemeal apple muffinswholemeal apple muffins

Both my little darlings must be going through growth spurts because they won’t stop eating.

So far this week they have devoured a batch of vegetable fritters (will post the easy peasy recipe next blog post), an entire roast chicken, a batch of breakfast cookies and have made quite the dent in this batch of gorgeously golden and wonderfully wholesome wholemeal apple muffins.

These muffins are not only delicious but contain no processed sugar (sweetened instead with a little maple syrup and cinnamon) and are a breeze to prepare, Miss G. and I had these apple studded babies in the oven in less than ten minutes.  These muffins are also loaded with fruit, the batter contains two diced apples plus another apple sliced thinly and nestled on top of each muffin.

Once baked I opted to store the muffins in the refrigerator as they contain so much fruit and have a much longer shelf life when kept cool.  I have also had great success freezing these muffins.  Simply wrap individual muffins, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.

Along with a little fresh fruit these apple loaded wholemeal muffins make the perfect baby led weaning breakfast or morning tea and are a great addition to any lunch box.

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wholemeal carrot muffins

wholemeal carrot muffinswholemeal carrot muffins

It’s no secret Miss G. loves to cook and now that she fully understands her little brother enjoys her culinary creations too, she adores her time in the kitchen that little bit more.

Today, with Mr H. happily playing away on his play mat my budding little chef and I decided to stir together a super simple batch of wholemeal carrot muffins.

These muffins are not only delicious (and full of nutritional goodness) but couldn’t be simpler to bake.  Simply whisk together the wet ingredients, stir through the dry ingredients then gently fold through a couple of cups of gorgeously bright shredded carrot.  Once nestled in the oven these orange hued little darlings take just over 10 minutes to bake to golden gorgeousness and smell amazing thanks to our spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.

I also love the fact that we managed to make these muffins using no sugar.   Instead, the grated carrot adds most of the needed sweetness along with a little maple syrup.  Our gorgeous spice mix also did a lot to flavour the wholesome muffins.

Once baked and cooled, Mr H. was more than happy to tuck in.  Along with a few fresh strawberries the wholemeal carrot muffin quickly disappeared thanks to his very unique eating style.  I don’t quite remember Grace eating like this at his age but Mr H. loves to crumble the muffin and lick the crumbs off of his little hands.  It’s so cute to watch, the intense look on his face just melts my heart.

wholemeal carrot muffins

These muffins are also perfect to freeze.  Simply allow the muffins to cool to room temperature, wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to 3 months.  I often pop frozen muffins straight into our lunch box and by lunch time they are perfectly thawed and ready to enjoy.

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baked french toast

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Mr H. has officially started baby led weaning and he couldn’t be happier.

For the past couple of weeks he’s been so interested in watching his big sister, mummy and daddy eat and when he started to display the skills needed to self feed we couldn’t wait to get started.

So far our little guy is a huge fan of sweet potato wedges, banana, strawberries, rockmelon, wholemeal toast and zucchini fritters.

And to officially welcome Mr H. into the wonderful world of food we celebrated over Sunday brunch with this lovely batch of gorgeously golden baked french toast.

This french toast is perfect for baby led weaning beginners for so many reasons.  Firstly the recipe has no added sugar, the eggy mixture is simply sweetened with a dash of maple syrup and a good squeeze of orange juice and zest.  And because this version of french toast is baked rather than fried there is no need for any butter or cooking oil.  This method of cooking also creates perfectly textured bread that can withstand the iron grip of a baby led weaning beginner yet is soft enough to nibble on with ease.  Mr H. had no problem whatsoever gobbling up his Sunday morning breakfast along with some fresh berries.

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orange cranberry soda bread

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Sunday mornings usually mean some type of pancakes at our place.  This weekend however, we decided to try something a little different and bake a gorgeously golden loaf of orange cranberry soda bread and I am so glad we did.

This bread is not only a breeze to bake, we had our fruit spiked loaf nestled in the oven in less than 10 minutes but is a delicious alternative to our usual pancakes.

Preparing this loaf is much like baking a batch of scones, you rub a little butter into flour, add milk to create a dough, shape and bake until golden and cooked.  Its very simple and just like scones, this loaf also freezes beautifully.  Our surplus loaf was cut into thick slices, wrap individually and popped into the deep freeze ready to be enjoyed later in the week.

Grace had the best fun making this loaf, not only because she was in charge of measuring the ingredients which resulted in flour absolutely everywhere but playing and kneading the dough has to be the best fun a 2 year old can have in the kitchen.

The flavour of this bread is just lovely.  The cranberry and orange work together beautifully to create the most amazingly flavoured loaf and I just love that the cranberries caramelise throughout the orange scented dough.  We served our loaf, still warm, alongside a little fresh fruit and fresh orange juice.

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strawberry heart scones

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Miss G. and I did a little Valentine’s Day inspired baking yesterday and came up with these gorgeous little heart shaped strawberry scones.

They are delish.

Chock full of fresh strawberries and laced with a good dollop of vanilla bean paste these pink hued babies smell and taste of summertime strawberries and cream.

Rather than following the traditional route I decided we’d skip mixing the scones together by hand and opt instead for the food processor.  And thanks to our favourite kitchen gadget the strawberry studded scone dough came together almost effortlessly and in a matter of just moments.

Grace had the most fun though once we started playing with the dough.  Watching her flatten the dough into a chubby disc and cut out the little heart shaped scones melted my heart.   Yes it got a little messy but it was totally worth it.  Her little face was so proud and full of excitement as she plonked the heart shaped scones onto our baking sheet.  And of course she was in charge of ‘painting’ the scones with their obligatory adornment of milk.

Once nestled in the oven the scones grew and turned the most wonderful shade of gorgeous goldenness.  And thankfully the scones didn’t take long to cool down as Grace could hardly wait to dig in.  Once cool enough I sliced a strawberry studded scone in half, topped with strawberry jam and a dollop of Greek yoghurt and my lovely little taste tester gobbled it up praising her cooking efforts.

In terms of baby led weaning, scones make a wonderful morning or afternoon tea treat.  They’re texture is perfect for baby led weaning beginners, firm enough to withstand a tight grip yet soft enough to be nibbled on with ease.  So far I have baked mango coconut scones, raspberry almond scones, carrot cake scones, and even a batch of pumpkin scones.  All recipes include a good serving of fruit (or vege) and have been gobbled up and enjoyed by little kids (and big).  Scones also freeze beautifully.  I often bake big batches of scones to stash in the deep freeze, they not only last up to 3 months frozen but defrost and reheat beautifully!

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