Healthy Blueberry Protein Muffins for Baby and Me

My daughter is starting to eat mostly all whole foods, versus milk or pureed foods (well, actually, she's really been eating solid vs puree foods since 6 months because she was really good at it, but now she's doing it a lot more), so I've been on the hunt for good complete food ideas to give her that are easy for me to make, but good for her to eat.

I really don't have a lot of time on my hands lately with all the stuff I have going on, but I refuse to give my daughter packaged not-so-healthy foods like Animal crackers or Gold Fish.

She eats a lot of fresh fruit (kiwi, banana, mango, oranges), squash (she loves butternut squash and acorn), meat (ground turkey, salmon), eggs, and ezekiel bread with coconut oil, but I want to offer her more variety and would like to get more fat into her diet. 

We don't eat cow's dairy in my house, or really eat anything from a cow - not that I'm against it, but I just can't handle it and April has never been exposed to it. And, nut butters are a bit controverial at this age, and she really doesn't like them anyhow. So, my options for protein and healthy fat are bit limited.

Also, I need things I can take with me because we're on the run a lot.

So, I went through my list of protein recipes that I used to make years ago and stumbled across a great Blueberry Protein Muffin recipe.

But, since my selections for food have changed a bit (there was a lot of Splenda in this recipe, and I don't use that anymore, or will not give it to April), I modified this recipe so it would be good for her and still taste good too.

What I came up with is pictured above, and tasted oh-so-yummy! In fact, it was so delicious that I had two of them myself already today after my workout and then again after a long walk with my dogs.

These muffins are rich in omega-3 essential fats from flax oil and omega-3 eggs; they have no sugar added, and contain a high amount of fiber. I absolutely love them and so does April (as pictured here :) )

April loves these muffins!

Without futher adieu, here is the yummy recipe. 

 

Blueberry Fiber Protein Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup infant rice cereal (the original recipe called for oat bran, but I didn't have any... this was close enough and worked great!)

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup ground flax

2 scoops unsweetened vanilla whey protein powder (I used www.biprousa.com brand) and 2 scoops sweetened vanilla whey

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 omega-3 eggs

3 tablespoons flax seed oil

2/3 cup frozen organic blueberries

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup water

 

Directions:

 

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then add the eggs, oil, blueberries, vanilla extract, and water.

Stir until mixed well. (add more water if needed)

Scoop into a muffin pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350-degrees for 10 to 12  minutes (don’t cook too long or they will come out like rocks and very dry!)

Makes 10-12 small muffins (depending on how big you want them) - the picture above only has 10 because I had to "test" two of them when they came out.

ENJOY!

 

These taste great with coconut oil melted on top and are very satisfying.

Let me know if you make them and how they turn out. YUMM :)

Posted Apr 02, 2011 by Cassandra Forsythe.
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GravatarKaty09:28AM on April 03, 2011

These turned out great! I used what I had on hand: whole wheat flour (King Arthur) in place of the bran/cereal; safflower oil for flax oil; Optimum Nutrition Natural Vanilla powder; a splash of lemon juice in place of vanilla extract (I don't keep it around because it tempts me to bake, ha!), and a really heaping tsp of baking powder to counteract the sinking tendency of protein in the oven. Next time I may also add about 1/2 cup of applesauce to see if that helps with the slight dryness. They needed the full 12 minutes for me -- a few were still slightly soupy at 11 -- but of course YMMV. A good adaptable healthy recipe for the whole family (I am thinking of making these with raspberries, blackberries, dried cranberries, raisins . . . possibly chocolate chips for a very occasional treat. . . !).

Yours is my favorite fit-motherhood blog. Please keep up the awesomeness. :)

GravatarSarah11:00AM on April 03, 2011

More meat is always a good idea for babies. It's way more digestible than cereals and comes with 100% heme iron. The iron added to cereals is not only not as bioavailable, it can block heme iron absorption AND promotes growth of nasty hemophilic bacteria, which can be problematic (but probably not in a healthy kid like April).

I did a lot of stews for my little one when she was a baby. Stewed lamb is especially good - it's so tender you don't need to puree it, even without molars she'll be able to chew it - it's high in iron, fat and protein. And it's yummy. :)

GravatarCassandra 04:34PM on April 03, 2011

Thanks for the feedback, ladies!

Katy - yes, mine were a bit dry too, but it was even more reason to slather them with coconut oil :) YUM!

GravatarCindy Justice10:47AM on April 08, 2011

I liked the recipe, except for the recommended protein powder. I only allow my children to have protein powder from raw A2 milk, from grass fed cows. I also will not use a protein that is in an isolated form. I use www.healingchoices.myemeraldstore.com brand. I have an awesome muffin recipe will dig it out share it.

GravatarSarah03:20PM on April 18, 2011

I really like this recipe! I had to make a few modifications. I used Rice Flour instead of Infant Cereal. Almond Flour instead of Oats. And Egg White protein instead of Whey. I also added a 1/4 cup maple syrup to sweeten since my egg white protein is not sweetened. They do come out a little dry but the coconut oil is such a great and yummy suggestion! I will be making these again, and again :)

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