For all of you mums with toddlers you’ll know that they have little tummies and need to eat quite frequently during the day. A hungry toddler equals tantrums in our house so making sure there are healthy snacks available is crucial!
It’s all too easy to resort to wine biscuits instead of something healthy and sustaining. This recipe ticks both those boxes will keep you little one feeling full and full of energy too. This is because of the oats which are not only high in fibre and a source of iron, but also have a low to medium GI so they help prevent sugar highs and lows. The recipe also includes LSA a great source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Banana date oat muffins
This recipe is also great for breast-feeding mums as oats are recommended for helping to increase supply. Although the recipe contains sugar it is less than you will find in shop bought oat muesli bars or muffins and you could always substitute the brown sugar for about 2 tablespoons of honey if you prefer.
Makes 24 mini muffins
Preparation: 5 mins (soak dates) & 10 mins (making)
Cooking: 15 mins
Ingredients and method
1 cup wholegrain Oats
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup LSA powder
¼ cup soft brown sugar
¼ cup oil
2 mashed medium bananas
½ cup dates
1 tsp baking soda
Place your dates in a bowl sprinkle on the baking soda and pour on just enough water to cover the dates. Leave to soften for about 5 minutes.
Blend the dates to create a smooth paste.
Add all the wet ingredients to the date pure and combine.
In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients.
Make well in the middle of the oats and pour in the wet ingredients and fold in until just combined.
Divide the mixture into mini muffin trays. I don’t bother using cases for these muffins, I just grease the tray.
Cook for about 15mins at 180 ‘C. Once cooked cool in the tins before turning out.
Enjoy these banana date oat muffins with a cup of tea or a glass of milk.
If you are looking for inspiration for dinner for the whole family you might want to check out the slow cooked recipe series I’m running on freddie’s food at the moment. These recipes are great for all the family and perfect for the busy mum or dad trying to get healthy, tasty food on the table while juggling all the other elements of family life.