I found this recipe on pinterest. It was labeled as an easy toddler snack but after looking at the ingredients, I thought it would make a great snack for anybody. I modified the recipe a bit to match my own personal preferences so the original recipe can be found here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Toddler-Muffins/Detail.aspx
The recipe below is my version.
Whole grain carrot, zucchini, banana muffins
2 tbsp chia seeds + 5 tbsp water = 1/2 cup chia gel (I used this in place of butter)
1/2 – 3/4 cup dates
2 large bananas, mashed
4 oz mashed zucchini and squash
2 carrots, grated
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1) make your chia gel by combining the water and chia seeds in your food processor and letting sit for about 10 minutes. Once the gel forms, add in your zucchini and squash, bananas, carrots, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and dates.
2) once everything is nice and mixed, add in your flour, eggs, and bran. Once your batter is mixed well, add in your chocolate chips.
3) preheat oven to 350 degrees f. Spoon the batter evenly into your muffin cups. gowns able to make 12 mini muffins and 12 large muffins with this batter.
4) bake for 15-20 minutes then let cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy 🙂
I will say these muffins were a little bland. They tasted like banana bread but I had expected more of a pumpkin spice flavor due to the pumpkin spice seasoning. Perhaps next time I will add in a bit of pumpkin purée.
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