If you follow my Instagram page (thatcultivatedlife.life) than you have probably seen me baking a ton in the kitchen with my 1 year old.
Yeah that’s right, baking with my 1 year old! Call me crazy, but it has been so fun, and she absolutely LOVES it.
I’ve been looking for creative baking ideas that are easy (and nutritious) so that she can be more involved in the kitchen with me. I figure if I’m gonna be baking more, I am gonna let her eat it… and if I’m gonna let her eat, it I want it to be healthy and not a sugar bomb.
So I’ve been hitting the drawing board and creating new recipes to test in the kitchen with her.
She has mastered pancakes, and moved on to cookies, and I can only eat so many of those. So yesterday, I felt it was time to move on to the world of muffins! So I sat down and wrote down a recipe I hoped would work out… it worked out ridiculously well!
I wanted to make sure I wasn’t jaded about how delicious they were, so I shared them with a few people. First my daughter, who devoured hers, without sharing with her dog, or uttering a single noise… that means she was fully enjoying it. I also brought some to my in-laws, my husband and my cousin… all of them said they were great.
So I figured I would share it with you all too!
I highly encourage you to make these yummy muffins and get your kids involved.
It’s gonna get messy, they will probably spill things all over the place, but they will have so much fun! They will get a basic idea of where food comes from, and feel a better connection to it.
It also may show them a new hobby they never knew they loved! I have been baking and cooking in the kitchen since I was 5 (thanks Grandma Bracken), and to this day it’s my therapy.
Embrace the mess, let go of perfection, and get those kiddos cooking! And if it’s not your thing, no judgment here. Just give these a whirl yourself and enjoy!
So without further adieu, the yummy gluten free, egg free muffins of your dreams…
- 2 cups almond or oat flour (I used almond)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 flax eggs (2 TBS flax meal, 6 Tbs water, mix together and set aside for 5 minutes)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or oat milk)
- 2 small Granny Smith apples diced and tossed in about 2 tsp of flour (this helps them from sinking to the bottom of the muffin)
Preheat your oven to 350°. Grease a muffin tin. This will make about 9 regular sized muffins.
Mix together all dry ingredients. Add the syrup, apple sauce and almond milk and mix well. Add the diced apples and fold into your batter. Pour into the muffin tin and bake for 1 hour, or until you can pull a toothpick out of the center cleanly. Allow to fully cool in the tin (they’ll continue to bake for a few minutes out of the oven), and enjoy!
Happy baking! Let me know if you made these and tag me on Instagram or Facebook! (@thatcultivated.life).