Cooking with the Kids

Whether its reading recipes together or a hands-on approach, getting your kids involved in the kitchen can be a means of introducing them to new foods, help cultivate healthy eating and cooking habits. For the Moms and Dads who may be hesitant about getting kids in the kitchen for fear of spills, involving your child in meal preparations can be as simple as having them help you pick out a recipe. Spills or no spills, cooking with your child can be a fun and rewarding experience. One of the best parts? The opportunity to create lots of memories and tell future stories!
Last week, I went to Billy’s class and made apple muffins with the kids. If you’re looking for a healthy and tasty recipe, you can start with this kid-friendly recipe we made together:
Whole-Wheat Apple Oat Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 cup of wheat germ
1 cup rolled oats, pulverized
1 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg (cinnamon would work too)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup light brown sugar, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 6-ounce container Vanilla Greek yogurt
2 large apples, coarsely chopped

 *Add raisins or walnuts, optional


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line muffin pan with liners.

In large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon/nutmeg. Using food processer, pulverize the oats and add to large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter (best not to use melted but room temperature butter) and add all but 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (you’ll want to save the 2 tbsp to sprinkle on top). Beat until fluffy. Add the egg and mix in the yogurt gently. Combine wet and dry ingredients and fold in the apple chunks.

Using an ice cream scooper will help you ensure that the batter is divided evenly. About 2 scoops per muffin liner should do the trick. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on top of each muffin. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Insert a knife into the center of one muffin and if it comes out clean, it’s ready. Transfer the muffins from the pan to a wire rack and let cool or serve warm!

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