In my attempt to clean up the snacks and treats my kids were eating, I had to get creative. I was of the era when my kids were really little that foods labeled “healthy” or “all natural” meant they were safe and even beneficial. Boy was I wrong! Even “organic” isn’t the best choice anymore. You can eat something organic but it can be loaded with sugar.
So after again making another mistake, by ridding my kids from all treats/sweets (when I finally learned what real food was) I realized that even though they may be physically healthier now, emotionally and mentally none of us were. It’s exhausting to keep up with every label, every possible contamination of gunk in anything they put in their mouth or even on their bodies, so this is why my 80/20 lifestyle was a must.
Nowadays I emphasize “clean eating” to my family and show them steps to improve what we eat. And by physically showing them how to create, plan and make these meals/snacks/drinks etc. they are more inclined to try it and take that knowledge with them when I’m not present. This doesn’t mean that they don’t reach for a handful of junk, but now they reach for a handful of junk AND handfuls of fruits AND veggies!
One of their favorites that they now can pretty much make on their own are these delicious, moist (sorry, I know many despise that word🙊), sweet but not too sweet, delicious muffins. My kids and all the kids I’ve made them for call them “cupcakes” but really they’re protein rich, potassium palate pleasers, without the artificial ingredients/food dyes, and sugary icings. So to call this a “cupcake” makes this mommy 😊
7 ingredients and less than 15 min to bake:
-1 ripe banana
-1/2 cup nut butter of choice
-3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (honey works best)
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-pinch of salt (I like Himalayan mineral salt)
-chocolate chips (if desired) (Njoy brand is Vegan)
Pre-heat oven to 400F.
Drop these items in a blender and blend. I would use your old fashioned blender if you have one. I’ve used my mega powered nutribullet and it turned into a shake :/. Once blended, just pour your mixture into a well greased mini muffin tin or use muffin wrappers. Sprinkle chocolate chips (use Vegan ones for dairy-free) on top and bake for 8 to 12 min and you’re done! Seriously so easy. No mixing bowls to wash just a blender and spoon is needed to prepare.
First pic is the peanut butter vanilla recipe, second pic is the banana cocoamuffins (just add 1/3 cup cocoa powder, almond butter, and I used almond extract instead). You can seriously make these anyway you want. Make two batches to fill up a muffin pan of 24 muffins. You can even freeze these and they thaw in about five minutes. Enjoy!