Carrots & Blueberries. Kid tested. Mother approved.
Oh, the weekend! It came and went so quickly. And the weather was pretty much terrible (but typical for February) the entire time. We did manage to get out of the house despite the slush to this place for a late afternoon snack and a cocktail or two (Alice enjoyed Brookline's finest tap water). And I managed to go for a run and do a CrossFit class, but more on that later in the week.
I know I make it sound like Alice turns her nose up at all vegetables that we serve to her. Not entirely true. She will eat all sorts of vegetables if I cleverly disguise them in other food items. She'll gobble up spinach if I put it in a lightly cheesed quesadilla. She goes mad for kale if I roast it into chips. And she can't get enough of carrots if I bake them into muffins. I'm sure she'll eventually bite the head off a broccoli tree but, until then, she's getting her daily vegetables on the sly.
I made these healthy carrot cake muffins a few weeks ago but I had a momentary lapse in judgement and made them with raisins. Bleh. But since Alice loves raisins, she ate them, no problem. When I made them again a few days ago I tweaked the recipe and voila! Here you have a tasty muffin full of very good things with not a zombie-grape in site.
Carrot & Blueberry Muffins (makes 12 large muffins):
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup white flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice (or if you don't have a clingy 11-month old and have the time... 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, 1 tsp ground allspice, 1 tsp ground clove)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbs canola oil
- 1 1/3 cup buttermilk (don't have buttermilk? how to make your own substitute here)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
Alice loves these muffins. And I do, too. They aren't overly sweet and are full of all sorts of delicious and nutritious things. And if twelve muffins are too many to have on hand, toss them in the freezer! They reheat quite nicely.
Any other tried-and-true and kid-friendly veggie recipes? I'll admit. It has been a few weeks since I've tried giving Alice more obvious vegetables like steamed broccoli or sauteed carrots... maybe it's time to give it another go!