I made these Pumpkin muffins yesterday with my youngest daughters class. The kids absolutely LOVED them. I even had one of the mums send me a message to say her son ''loved the pumpkin muffins (which I am astounded at)!''
The best way to get kids interested in cooking and eating healthy food is to get them involved. Let them mash, measure, sift, stir and make a mess. Oh, and I also find that adding chocolate chips to most of my recipes helps too! I try to make biscuits or muffins with minimal sugar and instead use fruit and vegetables such as pumpkin, zucchini, apple, pear, carrot and sweet potato for their sweetness and nutritional value. I also use honey or maple syrup a lot in my baking, but a few dark chocolate chips sprinkled throughout always helps to get the kids attention. You can gradually remove it over time if you like. We usually don't...
Pumpkin & Choc Chip Muffin Recipe
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1 cup mashed pureed pumpkin
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
1 1/2 cups wholemeal plain flour
1 tablespoon LSA mix (optional)
splash of milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dark choc chips
Whisk the oil, honey, eggs and pumpkin and stir well. Add the remaining ingredients and gently combine. Pour into greased muffin tins and bake at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
Tip: If you are really struggling to get your kids to eat these because they contain pumpkin (which some kids refuse to eat), I mix up some raw sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle on top before they go in the oven. It gives the muffin a yummy caramelised top and makes the kitchen smell even more amazing.