Sunday, May 11, 2014

Blueberry Picking (and yummy muffin recipe)




My kiddos have become addicted to picking their own food. Going to the farms and picking fruit and veggies is super fun and rewarding and a great family activity. Besides helping out local farmers, it teaches kids where their food comes from and how it's grown. A few weeks ago we picked strawberries and we have been patiently waiting for our local organic blueberry farm to open for u-pick season. Crown Jewel Farms opened this past weekend and we went on opening day. My little guy was so excited! We walked (and ran) up and down the aisles of blueberry plants and  picked pounds and pounds of them. Every time I looked at my little guy, he was shoving blueberries in his mouth. He ate more than he put in his bucket, which is what usually happens when we go picking!


When we got home, we wanted to make something yummy with all of our fresh berries. My little guy loves to help in the kitchen so I decided to make some blueberry oatmeal muffins with him since the recipe is easy and kid friendly. It's also super healthy and we made a sugar free version. For the ingredients we used:
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. honey
3 cups old fashioned oats
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup vanilla soy milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. baking powder 
1/2 cup bluberries
You could add in a Tbsp. or two of sugar or stevia if you want them a little sweeter, but we made them with no sugar and they were delicious! You could also substitute the vanilla soy milk for any kind of milk that you have. Next:
Preheat oven to 375 dgrees
Mix all ingredients except the blueberries
Prepare muffin pans by spraying the pan or muffin cups with non-stick spray
Stir in the blueberries
Fill 15 muffin cups almost to the top
Bake about 20 minutes
Let cool almost completely until firm to the touch
Enjoy!

Cooking with kids is a fun and enjoyable learning experience for them. My little guy helped measure the ingredients (including pouring half of the container of baking powder in the mixture, which I had to dig out:) and stirred everything together. He also mashed the bananas for me. This recipe is awesome for letting the kids help, because it's pretty much fool proof. Even after my little guy poured in too much baking powder, they came out great!

 




9 comments:

  1. Kids love picking berries, and I bet the bananas improve the flavor too!

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    1. They do and the banana added a great flavor!

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  2. Nothing better then blueberry muffins. Can't wait to try this recipe. I am always looking for healthier options.

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  3. So fun! Have you ever read "Blueberries for Sal"? It's a great book and talks all about blueberry picking...for little kids and little bears.

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  4. I'm really looking forward to when fruit picking season starts here, your muffins look yummy too! Thanks for linking with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

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  5. I love doing this, we did it with raspberries we picked last year.

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