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Marvelous Mango Muffins

Posted by David 05/09/18 0 Comment(s) Toddler-Approved Recipes,Kids in the Kitchen,

Marvelous Mango Muffins

Post and Photos by Noelle Martin

 

With the sunny summer weather finally arriving I thought a brightly colored muffin recipe would be fun to make this month. In addition to looking pretty, these muffins are packed with nutrition. The hemp hearts add a boost of complete protein for growing bodies as well as omega 3 fatty acids which is a wonderful nutrient for supporting brain and eye development and overall wellness. The wheat germ is packed with fibre and protein which help with satiety (feeling of fullness) as well as iron, vitamin B6, vitamin E, folate, and many more important vitamins and minerals. You can find this delicious recipe below as well as tips wonderful learning opportunities for your little ones as you bake with them

 

Ingredients
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup wheat germ
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted 
- 1 egg
- 1 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
- 2-3 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup 
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (or alternate homemade fruit puree)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup finely chopped mango (and a few larger mango pieces to use as a topping)

 

Instructions

1)    Mix all dry ingredients (flour, oats, wheat germs, hemp hearts, cinnamon, and baking powder) together. 
2)    In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut oil, egg, honey, applesauce, milk, and vanilla. 
3)    Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until moistened. 
4)    Add the mango pieces and stir again.
5)    Spoon batter into a muffin tray of your choice and add a small piece of mango to the top of each muffin. 
6)    Bake at 375 F for 18-21 minutes, or until batter is cooked through. Larger muffins will take longer and mini muffins may be finished sooner. 

 

“Kids in the Kitchen” Learning Notes

Letter recognition and letter sounds: For this recipe, we focused on the letter “M” for MANGO and MUFFIN! I had a flashcard with the letter “M” on it and we talked about the sound the letter makes and then other words that start with the same starting sound such as MOMMY, “lets MIX the batter”; “how MANY muffins will be make?”; “would you like MORE?”; and “we are in the MONTH of MAY!”. 

 

Colours: For this recipe, we talked a lot about the colors YELLOW and ORANGE. I chose to have a flash card for the colour orange and a few of Rhett’s blocks for the colour yellow. We talked about lots of items in nature and foods that are yellow/orange in colour such as the sun, sunflowers, oranges, bananas, and more. 

 

Texture/Solid vs. Liquid: For this and other muffin, cookie and cake recipes, children can learn about DRY INGREDIENTS versus WET INGREDIENTS and the importance of mixing one group, then the other group, and then everything together. Rhett now loves to state whether he is putting a “dry” ingredients in or a “wet” one. 

 

Numbers and Mathematical Skills: Before we started the recipe, we COUNTED the number of ingredients, then as we added them together we worked on our SUBTRACTION skills. For example, “we started with _______ ingredients, we have now poured one in so we have ______ ingredients left”. You could also work on NUMBER ORDER wording. For example, this is the THIRD ingredient. For older children, recipes are a wonderful way to teach about FRACTIONS. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup, have them use the ¼ cup measuring cup and see how many they need of it to make 1 whole cup. 

 

 

Life Skills: In this recipe, we discussed FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS and PATIENCE. Also, Rhett learned a valuable lesson about eggs! When we made these muffins he accidentally held the egg too tightly while I reached for the small bowl that he was to crack it into. We laughed as egg spilled out all over our hands. This was an unexpected teaching moment of the importance of “gentle hands” with eggs. Children learn best from experience. I had told him that they egg could break but now that he has seen it happen he will likely remember much better than before to be hold the egg carefully. We laughed, fished egg shell out of the bowl, washed our hands well, and carried on. 

 

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Noelle Martin is a Registered Dietitian and mom of three young boys. She has a passion for educating, inspiring, and empowering moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Noelle loves involving her children in food planning and preparation for their home and sees the kitchen as a perfect area for teaching both academic and life skills. Follow @MotherhoodandMeals on Instagram for Noelle's nutrition tips, recipes, product reviews, and motherhood moments

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