12m +, hidden veg, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Snack, Vegetarian

Carrot and Apple Mini Muffins

  • 12m +
  • Soy free
  • Nut free
  • Vegetarian
  • Can be frozen

These little muffins are super moist and perfect for a quick treat as they contain no refined sugar but remain sweet thanks to the fruit and veg inside them. The Monster loves to help me make these so it’s a good recipe to get the little ones involved in too.

Ingredients :

  • 100ml olive oil
  • 100ml plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 grated apple
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup sultanas

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

Mix all the wet ingredients in a jug, stir well to combine. Then mix all the dry in a separate larger bowl add the grated apple and carrot, stir in the wet ingredients and add the sultanas. Stir until fully combined.

Divide the mixture into the holes of a mini muffin tray and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean)

Enjoy Em

Xx

12m +, Breakfast, Egg Free, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Savory

Chicken and Apricot Sausages

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  • 12m +
  • Dairy Free
  • Egg Free
  • Nut Free
  • Can be frozen
  • Lunch box idea

Ok these arn’t sausages in the traditional sense but they are super tasty, really easy to make and healthy. Shop brought sausages are high in salt as well as all sorts of other hidden bits so I wanted something to replace them with that The Monster would love, and boy does he love these (to be fair I love them too and stole half his stash…opps)

You can freeze them before or after cooking (I prefer to freeze then cook as they hold more moisture) They work well in place of regular sausages but also go well in a lunchbox, or choped up in a cous cous salad, the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients:

  • 500g boneless chicken thighs (thighs contain more iron than breasts, which is vital for children)
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarrgon
  • 5 dried apricots (chopped)

 

Method

Pop it all a food processor and blitz until it looks like a mince texture.

Drizzle a little oil in a frying pan and place on a medium heat hob. Flour your work surface and your hands and then just roll the mixture into sausage shapes (how big or small you make them is up to you). Roll each one in a little flour and fry for about 4 minutes each side, until cooked through.

It’s as simple as that.

 

If you want to mix it up, swap all these:

  • Chicken for pork
  • Apricot for Apple
  • Tarragon for sage

 

Enjoy

Em xx