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.
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.
To create your own batch of wholemeal carrot muffins simply…
Mandarins this time of year are simply divine.
Full of juice, amazingly sweet and perfectly packaged these little babies make the ultimate on-the-go baby led weaning snack.
Lately, a day doesn’t go by without one of these bright orange autumnal fruits finding its way into our lunch box and ultimately Miss G’s. tummy. She absolutely adores them.
So in celebration of our go-to fruit of the moment I conjured up this batch of wonderful wholemeal strawberry and mandarin muffins.
And I couldn’t be more pleasantly surprised by the flavour combination. The strawberry and mandarin work beautifully together. While the mandarin adds a delightful aromatic citrus zest and flavour to the muffins the strawberries provide natural sweetness which is needed due to the intentional lack of sugar in the recipe.
For a little extra goodness I also decided to replace the white refined flour with the more hearty, wholesome and nourishing wholemeal variety.
This particular muffin recipe makes 12 strawberry studded beauties and I am more the happy to say they freeze wonderfully. Simply allow the muffins to cool completely, wrap individually, pop into a freezer bag or container and stash in the deep freeze for up to 3 months. I often pop a muffin straight from the freezer into Grace’s lunch box and by lunch time the muffin is defrosted and ready to devour.
I know I’ve said it before but muffins, along with a little fresh fruit, really do make a wonderful baby led weaning breakfast or morning tea snack. They’re the perfect shape for little hands to grip and nibble away on with ease and they’re gorgeously soft texture makes them an effortless snack from the very beginning of your baby led weaning journey. In fact, if Grace has been fussy with teething and off her food I’ll often bake a quick batch of fruit filled muffins to induce her appetite once again.
To create these super simple strawberry mandarin muffins simply…