I know I am not the only one, but I swear I have the pickiest toddler on the face of this planet! He went through a phase where he only drank milk and ate french fries (I know, don’t judge me!)! I was at the stage where I just wanted him to eat SOMETHING! ANYTHING! I found myself searching furiously through the internet trying to find recipes he would eat. I feel like I tried everything. The one thing I didn’t do was INVOLVE him in the cooking.
I took my son to a cooking class that was geared for kids ranging in ages 2-4 years old. My son LOVED cooking! He loved measuring, pouring, stirring, cracking eggs… How did I not see this before?! The cooking class itself was fun but I realized that this was something that I could create with him at home. Why had I not thought of involving him in something that we do every day? This could give him and I some bonding time and possibly encourage him to eat the food he is helping make.
The next time we were out I bought these mini muffin molds and decided to search for a recipe we could make. Mini muffin tin=perfect toddler sized food! I stumbled upon this recipe and decided to tweak it a little to fit my families needs. I involved him in the cooking and guess what? HE ATE IT! He actually ate these muffins! These muffins were a hit in my house, and I am sure they will be in yours too!
If you don’t have a mini muffin tin, you can find one HERE. I recommend the silicon ones, they make the process of removing the muffins so much easier.
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup of sugar or preferred sweetner
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of butter, melted (I used salted)
- 1 1/2 cups of grated carrots (you can add zucchini in here as well!)
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Optional- Honey to drizzle on top (Note: Never give a child under 1 years old honey!)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray mini muffin tin with a non-stick cooking spray (or line them). In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, milk and melted butter. Once well blended, add in the grated carrot and whisk to combine well. Mix the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir lightly until it is completely mixed with no dry bits remaining. Spoon (we used a cookie scoop) into 24 mini muffin tins. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the test done with a toothpick. Drizzle the top of them with honey and ENJOY!
If you are cooking with a toddler, here are my tips on how to make this recipe run smoothly.
- BE PREPARED. Never plan on cooking a recipe on the fly. You need to have all of your ingredients out on the counter in front of you, along with all of the tools you will need (such as mixing bowls, measuring cups, whisks, etc.) If you give too much time for them to become un-engaged, they will!
- Give them jobs! I would have him help me crack the eggs and measure. I would have my hands over his, but he felt like he was doing it! He would help measure, pour and stir everything we touched.
- Make it a lesson! Talk to your toddler while you are doing each step and make it purposeful learning without them even knowing. Instead of using a 1 cup measuring cup, I used 1/4 cup so we could count how many times we dumped the flour into the bowl. He loves it, it is hands on practice and it gives him counting practice as well! (Side note: I have a “Salad Shooter” at home- which I LOVE! If you don’t have one, you NEED ONE! We used baby carrots and he counted how many baby carrots we needed to put into the Salad Shooter to make 1 1/3 cup of shredded carrots). Find this magical product HERE. You will thank me later! 🙂
- It WILL get messy! and it is OKAY! Let them be little and clean up the mess after. Have fun with them. These are the memories they will take with them for the rest of their lives <3.
I hope you have fun making these and that your toddler enjoys these muffins as much as mine did! What are some toddler approved recipes that you have? I would love to add more to my own collection!
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