So here’s the thing: I’m over forty. And my kids are whirling balls of energy and non-stop growth spurts. Sometimes, I feel like there’s just not enough energy to go around. They need snacks available that are healthy and that will help them grow in the right direction, if you know what I mean… And while they are springing up like weeds every other day, after forty, my body just can’t handle the snacks they way they used to. What I need is a quick, healthy, and portable snack – for them and for me. Here, my friend, is where healthy muffin recipes come in…
I tried this after finding out that my son had quite a few food sensitivities – so I was looking for something that didn’t contain any the top eight food allergens – tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, peanuts, fish, or shellfish. After tweeking it and rearranging a good bit, I had a health muffin recipe that my boys LOVED. I mean just LOVED. That one recipe has been so amazing and flexible, I’ve loved using it to create many more healthy muffin recipes!
The reason that I kept creating more healthy muffin recipes was that once we had a muffin that the boys loved and that I felt confident was actually adding to their nutrition for the day – it was an easy go-to. Sometimes we had healthy muffins as part of our breakfast. There was always a muffin available for a quick snack. They’re tiny and portable. Young children can get them independently! And they are easy enough that older kids can make them on their own – or with little supervision. (Can I get a double fist bump there???)
This Health Muffin Recipe Made My Life Easier. #truth
Having these healthy muffin recipes around just made life easier. A healthy muffin that made my life easier. Go figure.
The Healthy Muffin Recipes Just Kept Multiplying!
So I’m sharing my healthy muffin recipe with you and all the variations that I’ve tried so far. I’ll keep creating more! You’ll find them all right here; you should know that the chocolate chocolate chip muffin was muffin ground zero 🙂
Like I said, one of the reasons that I love all of these recipes is because I feel that they are actually adding to our nutrition for the day. It’s not like so many “healthy muffin recipes” out there that simply replace vegetable oil with mashed bananas. Here, the kids are getting fiber from the oats, healthy fats from the chia and flax, and even protein from the chia seeds. And then, of course, there are benefits from many of the ingredients added – dark cocoa powder, pumpkin, or blueberries.
Children don’t take in a lot of calories as compared to the amount of nutrients that they need. I feel like it’s important to make sure that they eat as many nutrient dense foods as possible. While muffins wouldn’t usually top that list, I feel pretty good about these.
Let me know which recipes you try and what you think!