Wednesday, January 14, 2015

5-Minute Banana Muffins

My boys hate eating dinner.
Each of them, at about 15 months, became so incredibly picky and began to spit out anything remotely resembling normal "dinner" types of food...
even those that are supposedly "kid-friendly" like chicken nuggets or pizza.

We've tried just about every method in the book of handling the picky-eater syndrome,
but nothing has really made a difference.
For a while we even tried feeding the boys pb sandwiches--their favorite!--for dinner every night, but they would still only pick at them.
Apparently they just aren't very hungry in the evening.
For the past year or two, we haven't forced the kids to clean their plates,
but they can't leave the table until they at least try one bite.

While I still try to expose their palates to a variety of food combinations
and work hard to plan nutritious, well-rounded menus,
I also try to make sure there is one thing on the dinner menu they actually like.
And often, it's muffins.

Muffins, muffins...they have become a staple in our home,
and all of our boys have said "muffin" as one of their first 50 or so words.
At just over a year old they readily recognize that dome of deliciousness and chant, "muh-muh!"
I have several fairly nutritious recipes I love to make,
(like this one--more recipes to come!)
but when I'm in a rush this is one of my favorites.

You can have them mixed up by the time the oven preheats,
and the recipe is highly flexible--it really doesn't matter how big the bananas are, and you can play around with other ingredients. I've adjusted the sugar amount, added peanut butter or chocolate chips, used whole wheat flour, etc.
And these make fabulous mini-muffins as well, a favorite at our house!

5-Minute Banana Muffins

3 bananas, mashed
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. applesauce
1 t. baking soda
2 c. flour

Mix together butter, sugar, applesauce, and bananas until smooth. Add baking soda and flour and stir to combine. Spoon into muffin tins and bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes (full-sized muffins) or 12-15 minutes (mini-muffins). Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. We love muffins, too. It is funny how when kiddos are young, they can be so indifferent to dinner. In my experience, when they become older (tweens and teens) it is all about the evening meal. If I skimp and try to pass of a quick, thrown-together meal as dinner, they're like "is this it...THIS is dinner? Funny.


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