Kid-Friendly Recipes: Loaded Muffin

A sweet way to make sure picky eaters get the nutrients they need.
Loaded Breakfast Muffin
Basic Muffin Ingredients: May substitute 1 pkg (7-oz) muffin mix, any flavor :
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda, scant
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup 1% milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4-1 cup add-in ingredients (see below for suggestions)
Suggested Add-Ins: (Use any ingredient or a combination of ingredients to equal a combined 3/4-1 cup total)
Carrots, shredded
Zucchini, shredded
Spinach (10-oz package), thawed and well drained – squeeze out excess liquid (I like to puree with milk and egg before adding to other ingredients)
Crushed pineapple, well drained
Craisins, dried cranberries
Dried Cherries, raspberries, strawberries (1/4-1/2 cup)
Blueberries, fresh or frozen
Banana, mashed
Applesauce, may need to cut milk back to 1/3 cup
Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Butternut squash (cooked and pureed), may need to cut milk back to 1/3 cup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter standard muffin tin, or line muffin tin with cupcake papers (6-7 cups).

Stir together dry ingredients, or open muffin mix; set aside.

Fork whisk together the egg, milk, butter and vanilla (NOTE: If using a muffin mix follow package directions, use milk instead of water). Stir in “Add-In” ingredients; add to dry ingredients and stir just until mixed. Spoon into prepared muffin tins; bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Pair this muffin with a “Sunrise Smoothie” for a healthy snack or grad-and-go breakfast.

Picky eaters often miss out on essential food groups and essential nutrients needed for a healthy diet. When “picky” lasts longer than a passing stage, try this flexible hearty “Loaded” muffin to help boost fiber and vitamins. The “Add-Ins” are flexible to suit taste preference of picky eaters. Nutrition analysis is for the Scratch recipe using carrots, spinach and raisins. When paired with a glass of milk or a smoothie it creates a healthy snack or grad-and-go meal. Makes 6-7 muffins

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