Cooking is a great life-skill! When we let our children plan and prepare snacks, we can talk about healthy choices, measurement, reading, kitchen safety, science and following directions. When we share time together, we focus on social emotional learning, including conversation, relationship, decision-making and awareness. We can be present, focused and have some fun together.
Here is a recipe for 6 healthy, chocolaty muffins to get you started!
Set the oven to 350 degrees. You will need 2 mixing bowls, a whisk, spatula, food processor and measuring utensils. (Have more than you need to begin talking about best choices!)
Prepare silicone or paper lined muffin pan, spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Using a food processor, lightly grind 2 C. of oats.
In a bowl, whisk together:
½ C. cocoa
1/2 t. baking soda
1t. baking powder
In a separate bowl, allow the kids to mash 2 small ripe bananas
2 eggs (lightly scrambled)
1/3 C. of a pouch of unsweetened apple puree
¼ C. coconut milk
Add all ingredients together and mix with spatula. Stir in 2 C. dark chocolate chips and using an ice cream scoop, fill your prepared muffin cups! Top with a few chips, or a small piece of chocolate. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and enjoy! These muffins freeze well too, if you have any left over! 🙂