TODDLER LIFE SKILLS ACTIVITY: EASY & HEALTHY MUFFIN RECIPE TO LEARN TO COOK

This easy muffin recipe was completely made by my 2.5-year-old toddler without any help (besides me cracking the eggs and putting the tray in the oven). Teaching your toddler the skills to cook not only engages their interest to “help”, but it’s a great sensory experience, it builds up lots of new vocabulary, helps their fine motor skills, introduces them to metrics/volume mathematics and it most definitely builds up their sense of pride when people make a fuss over eating something he has made for them.

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GET THEM IN THE KITCHEN EARLY: During dinner prep, he often runs over to the kitchen and stands next to me on his tippy toes looking up on the bench asking to help chop or peel veggies with me. I set up a step stool next to me and give him his own blunt plastic knife with an off-piece vegetable I will not be using. I love having my special helper next to me. He is always too curious to learn.  I show him how things change when we chop, grate, or mix things together and how things change when they are cooked. We smell things, we feel things, we taste things and most definitely discover and discuss when food is off. I learned so much from my mother teaching me to cook from an early age, so it only feels so natural to teach my son the same. 

 These delicious Healthy Toddler Muffins are great for breakfast, lunch or a snack. This is an easy muffin recipe for kids to learn to cook.  Make one batter and choose different mix-ins to get variety. 

  • It is quick to make;
  • Mama is happy because it’s healthy;
  • Toddlers like different varieties;
  • And of course, everyone devours them because they are tasty.
  • Great for packed lunches.

 


Watch the video of my son making the muffins all on his own here….

 


HEY MAMMA- HERE THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START:


Think how much you want your toddler to do before you start, taking into consideration their abilities and experience. Don’t let them touch the oven. I stayed with my son the whole way through, verbally guiding him but not physically helping unless he asked for it (e.g. help to crack the eggs).

  • For an early starter: I would pull out all the ingredients and pre-measure everything. All they have to do is pour it into the mixing bowl and stir.
  • For a toddler with a little more experience (like mine): I pulled out all the ingredients and sat them all out in order needed in the recipe with the matching cups and spoons.
  • For an experienced toddler: They can pull all the ingredients and equipment out of the cupboards.

I like to make a handmade recipe for them to follow, using drawings of the ingredients and what size spoon, etc to use. Drawings are great because my toddler can’t read yet, but I can still introduce the idea of following instructions.


WITH 1 BATTER YOU CAN GET MULTIPLE FLAVOR OPTIONS WITH THIS RECIPE.


DIRECTIONS:

(Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F)

1. MIX TOGETHER DRY INGREDIENTS IN A LARGE BOWL

  • 1 1/3 cups white whole wheat flour (also called golden wholegrain flour)
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats (jumbo rolled oats)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (milled flax seeds)

2. MIX TOGETHER WET INGREDIENTS IN A MEDIUM BOWL 

  • 1 chopped ripe banana or  1 small apple (grated with peel)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter – melted

3. COMBINE WET AND DRY MIX TOGETHER.

 

4. CHOOSE YOUR ADD INS...

APPLE CINNAMON (ENOUGH FOR 1/4 OF THE MUFFIN BATTER)

  • 1/2 small apple – chopped into 1/2-cm pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

BLUEBERRIES (ENOUGH FOR 1/4 OF THE MUFFIN BATTER)

  • 1 handful blueberries (blueberries vary in size, but aim for about 2-3 blueberries in each muffin)

CARROT AND RAISIN (ENOUGH FOR 1/4 OF THE MUFFIN BATTER)

  • 1/4 medium carrot – grated
  • 1 tablespoon raisins

CHOCOLATE CHIP (ENOUGH FOR 1/4 OF THE MUFFIN BATTER)

  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

 

5. PUT IT IN THE OVEN

10 min for mini muffins or 15 min for normal sized muffins.

 

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Tried this recipe? If you loved making this recipe I would appreciate it so much if you leave me a comment on my dedicated Instagram post to this article HERE! I’d love to see it too – snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram tagging me at @ Grey And Gold Blog

 

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