Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Toddler Food Tuesday - Ham,Cheese & Vegetable Muffins

This week i am continuing with the muffin theme as they are proving so popular with the toddler twosome!

Rather than hiding vegetables in a sweeter muffin though, this time i tried a savoury type muffin. And i have to say i was really surprised with how much the girls seemed to like these. I have tried a few different versions of this sort of muffin over the last 6 months but have had no luck tempting them (although they went down nicely in Miss Teen's lunchbox!) This time i added more cheese and also threw in some finely diced ham to add a little texture.

What i like about them is that they work for dinner as well as lunch time. For dinner i served them warm with some of my Extra Crunchy Potato Wedges  and chopped salad (although sadly they still won't touch salad food unless it is carrot fingers!)

They freeze well in a ziplock bag and i just defrost them in the microwave...great for those nights when you just don't have the energy for another frustrating toddler meal. I figure at least they have some vegies and protein in them so i don't need to worry to much!

They are very quick and easy to make...I'd love to know if you give them a try!

The recipe is very simple...I'm sure there are many versions of these sort of muffins but you are really just using a basic muffin batter and throwing in what you think your toddler might eat! There is no need to use ham...you could try some diced chicken or leave meat out altogether. I decided to add the ham as it is a recent addition to Ruby's limited meat diet and although not an ideal meat....i have to keep taking those baby steps to get around her sensory aversions. I have to start with what she will touch and taste.

As usual i tend not to follow recipes...preferring to mix and match from ones i have used over the years so i often don't use any sort of exact measurements...however i have tried my best to write it out for you and come up with some measurements! I promise they will work....if however you feel the mixture is too runny...just add more flour...it should make quite a thick batter.


You'll Need....

  • 1/4 Cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 Cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 Cup grated sweet potato
  • 1/4 Cup grated pumpkin
  • 2 slices of finely diced ham (or any diced meat your toddler will eat!)
  • 1 Cup grated tasty cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Self raising flour 
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil (or your preference)
  • 1 Egg beaten
Now you need to....

Sift flour into a large bowl and then add all other ingredients listed above and stir with a wooden spoon gently to combine. You don't want to beat the mixture as the muffins will turn out dense and rubbery!

Grease some mini muffin tins or some normal sized muffin tins (i did a tray of each size) and spoon in mixture until it comes 3/4 of the way to the top of each pan. You may want to sprinkle a little extra grated cheese over the top...i do this for Miss Teen but not the toddler twosome as they don't like the texture of melted cheese on top of something (I know...crazy kids!!).

Bake in a 180 deg Celsius oven for 15-20 minutes depending on your particular oven type. Stand in the muffin trays to cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

How easy is that!! The toddler twosome really did enjoy these even though the texture is quite soft and crumbly inside. If your toddler doesn't like the look of any green in their food i would suggest peeling the zucchini first! The parmesan cheese is optional...i added it because Ruby seems to like the touch of saltiness it adds to foods.

 If you are dealing with sensory food aversions like we are then it really is about modifying things until you get something that works for your child....this takes a bit of trial and error and watching closely to see what they will touch and taste. I then try to incorporate the 'safe' food into another food so i can introduce something new without it being overwhelming. I am finding it more likely to get success this way but yes it is a slow process!

The girls would also only eat the mini sized muffins and wouldn't even pick up the larger size muffins so this might be a trick to try too! I didn't even get a picture of the mini sized muffins as they went to quick but they were the same size as these ones below...

Toddler snack - hidden vegetable choc muffins

You can really mix this recipe around to suit your own toddler's tastes...some corn would go nicely...unfortunately my two won't eat it yet. The pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato lend a sweet taste to the mix but you could really use just about any grated vegetable! You could also substitute the grated vegies for pureed and just add a little more flour.

I hope you have some success with them.....if you are looking for a sweet muffin idea for snack time you might like to have a look at last week's recipe......

Toddler Snack - Vegetable Muffins

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  1. These recipes look fab! Hidden vegetables are awesome because they don't see them, hence can't complain about them. Thanks for sharing :) xo P

  2. Perfect packed into little lunch boxes. I've been looking for recipes to make for Miss Possums start at school (so sad). Thanks for another to add to the list Jode!

    Oh yeah, and hidden vegies are a BONUS!

  3. i love seeing new ideas for hiding the good stuff in yummy food. featuring it on my yellow & orange themed kid's co-op post on friday at crayonfreckles.com. stop by and pick up a button :)

  4. thanks for share.

  5. Are the vegetables all raw shredded?


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