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 :) )
Without futher adieu, here is the yummy recipe.
Blueberry Fiber Protein Muffins
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
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.
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 :)