Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cooking Fun

     A is 2.5, and loves to help me cook and bake. It is a great opportunity to spend quality time together and to learn something too!

I've been trying out different kid friendly muffin recipes lately, and I really like this one from the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website. I have made these a few times with carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash purees (either on their own, or in combination). They are so good, and my husband and I love to snack on them as well.

Sweet Potato Muffins
4 oz (1 cup) rolled oats
4 oz (1 cup) whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
8 oz (1 cup) mashed, cooked sweet potato
4 oz (1/2 cup) dark brown sugar
3 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp dried cranberries 
2 fl oz (1/4 cup) milk (I use water or soy milk also)
1 egg

I just mix everything together in one bowl, and spoon into a regular muffin tin, or mini muffin tin.

A loves to help me measure, pour, and stir. There are many opportunities to practice counting and work on our motor skills. 

I usually have A stand on a chair, but I'm always nervous that he's going to fall. I have looked into getting the learning tower, but it takes up a lot of space, and we have a small kitchen. 

Here are some tips to remember when cooking with kids in the kitchen:

  • Get out all your ingredients, bowls, and spoons out before starting. You don't want to have to turn your back while your toddler has access to the bowl of batter.
  • Give your toddler an easy job that he can work on, while you do other tasks (stirring, sorting, etc.)
  • Make sure your toddler is safely out of the way when opening the oven or handling sharp knives.

Happy Baking!

Sweet Potato Muffins
From Homemade Baby Food Recipe website. All ours get eaten before I remember to take a picture!

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