My two preschoolers have been in school for 3 weeks now. Their teacher, Miss Liz, is fantastic and our schedule is great. The only dilemma we are having is breakfast. Neither child gets up early enough to eat much. So far, we are surviving on child-sized yogurts. I think they need more then that.
In my arsenal of recipes I have a healthy banana muffin that is divine. They are tender, flavorful, and packed with the good stuff. Just today I had the idea of whipping up some mini muffins and serving them with the yogurt. At least it would be an improvement on our current breakfast regime.
What are your quick, healthy, go-to breakfast solutions?
Especially for preschoolers.
Healthy Banana Muffins
by Amy Dotson
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (I often skip this and just use whole wheat)
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, room temp.
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 ripe bananas (about 1 lb.)
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
*optional: 1 cup frozen blueberries, ground flax seed, 1/3 cup applesauce
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a bowl, whisk together flours, wheat germ, baking soda and salt. (if you don't have wheat germ, just use more wheat flour)
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, mash bananas with a fork (you should have 3/4 cup); stir in milk and vanilla.
3. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture and banana mixture to butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture; mix until just combined. (add blueberries)
4. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25-28 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, on rack 10 more minutes.
Makes 12 muffins or about 24 mini muffins.
Amy has been married to her hunky, business owning, semi-pro football playing, graphic designer husband for 8 years. She is also mother to 2 energetic, delightful, and precocious 4 year old little girls. You'll find more at I Wish I Was in Dixie. Visitors always welcome.