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Savoury Muffins: now you can have your cake and eat it for lunch.

Sssh until last weekend I was a savoury muffin virgin! Why had no-one introduced me to these lovelies before? I made them on a whim. My kids are really not fans of sandwiches, in fact I’m wondering  about just doing away with bread altogether in our house (my husband may have something to say about that one). So I’m always on the lookout for new lunch combos. Otherwise my kids will turn into crackers….. well they are already a bit crackers to be honest 😉

This little stunner of a recipe hits a bonus point. It is a great way to get extra vegetables in. 

I cooked these up and had to actually stop the small people from eating them all. 4 of them went as a bedtime snack!

Dietitian UK: Jboy with Spinach Muffin

On Monday I send them with a packed lunch to a playgroup with my husband and this week EVERYTHING in their packed lunch was eaten. So my new theory is muffins make the world a better place.

 

Dietitian UK:Spinach Savoury Muffins

Savoury Muffins
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
152 calories
15 g
26 g
8 g
4 g
2 g
61 g
287 g
1 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
61g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 152
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 26mg
9%
Sodium 287mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
27%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
10%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 225g self raising flour
  2. 100g cream cheese
  3. 150g fresh spinach or 6 lumps of frozen spinach (I didn't weigh it)
  4. 1 egg
  5. grated nutmeg
  6. 150ml semi skimmed milk
  7. 60ml oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6.
  2. Measure the flour out.
  3. Mix in the cream cheese and spinach with the grated nutmeg.
  4. Now add the egg and the milk with the oil.
  5. Mix to a lumpy batter.
  6. Spoon into muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes.
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calories
152
fat
8g
protein
4g
carbs
15g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Banana yoghurt muffins, perfect for healthy snacking

Bananas and Baking, one of my favourite combinations. We often have a couple of bananas hanging around earmarked for mummy to bake with as no-one like over-ripe bananas in our house. This weekend I decided to move away from our beloved flapjacks and try out some muffins. I’d seen a recipe somewhere that used yoghurt and banana with hardly any sugar or fat and that had got stuck in my mind, Of course I have no idea what the recipe was or where it was and it was a wheat containing recipe…. so this is where my baking brain took me.

The result. A lovely moist, springy muffin that has little hidden gems of banana hidden inside. These are going to be come a regular in our house and lend themselves to all kinds of variations. Chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries mmmmm.

Dietitian UK: Healthy low fat, low sugar banana muffins

These muffins have 5g sugar which comes from the yoghurt and banana. The oats are wholegrain and the bananas give them a great fruit boost. Great for enjoying mid afternoon when you fancy cake or as a snack for the kids. Compare this to other toddler snacks you can buy and these are a much healthier option. These are also perfect for making with kids, I know my toddler will be having a go.

Banana Yoghurt Muffins
Yields 12
A healthy, low fat, low sugar, wholegrain banana muffin. Moist, light and tasty.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
72 calories
13 g
31 g
1 g
3 g
0 g
40 g
14 g
5 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
40g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 72
Calories from Fat 13
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg
10%
Sodium 14mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
5%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g oats
  2. 30g brown sugar
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 100g natural yoghurt
  6. 2 bananas
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 and prepare the muffin tin.
  2. Place the oats in a food processor and blitz to make a rough flour.
  3. Add the sugar, baking powder and mix.
  4. Next add the eggs, yoghurt and mashed banana and mix.
  5. Place into muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Notes
  1. I used silicone muffin cases.
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calories
72
fat
1g
protein
3g
carbs
13g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/
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A 3rd birthday party, keeping the sugar down.

Birthdays. I love them. Having a toddler makes them even more fun. The sheer slight on her face when she opens presents and cards is amazing. When there is a 3 year old in the house there has to be a party!

We kept things very low key this year and had a little party at home. Having a studio in the house means we have the luxury of a room without furniture that kids can run around in so we made full use of it having a few little friends over for party games.

Now my toddler, as most do, enjoys cakes and biscuits. However I limit these. Firstly because its just not good to be having them everyday and secondly because she reacts to the sugar and I end up with a hyperactive toddler! So I planned the party food carefully. I also got the toddler involved asking her what she would
Like. She chose melon, grapes and hummus. Strange child!

So here is the spread we ended up with:

Dietitian UK: Toddler Party Food 3
Large sausages sliced up
Cheese and pineapple
Mini eggy muffins
Carrots, cucumber sticks and celery
Hummus
Pom Bear crisps
Ham and tuna sandwiches cut into star and rabbit shapes
Melon
Grapes

Dietitian UK: Toddler Party Food 1

Plus of course the birthday cake which was a sugar fest!

What are your top children’s party foods? I’d love to know.

Cheesy Courgette Biscuits Vlog – great toddler snack.

Recently the husband and the toddler have been have a bit of a “snack-off”. She asks for “pink biscuits”, “sweeties” and snacks that generally she knows are not for everyday eating and Daddy finds it hard to negotiate. She is a highly skilled negotiator (may get that skill from me), watch out for her later in life!

So my mummy mind leapt into action and to save the day, we made up a pile of more suitable snacks. Here is our vlog of making cheesy courgette biscuits, we made 3 batches of these and froze them in freezer bags ready to get out when needed. Written recipe here.

 

I’d love to hear your favourite snack ideas. Here are some more of mine.