We’re officially into the swing of 2016, so no more lounging in Santa pj’s and snacking on slightly dodgy Christmas cake for breakfast. It’s time for a healthy, hearty, get-up-and-go start to the day, and what better way to load up on goodness than a mighty batch of wholesome morning muffins…
As much as our Pinterest dream boards may have us believe, nobody really has time to whip up MasterChef-style meals when there’s school-runs, uncooperative toddlers, wailing babes and the rush to work to contend with.
But this here brekkie recipe defies the odds; it’s gloriously delish, and near-effortless. Plus, the combination of oats, sultanas, carrot and banana make it a super baby led weaning breakfast that’ll keep the little ones (and big ones) going until lunch time.
You can also freeze these babies – which makes life even easier when you’re pressed for time; simply allow the muffins to cool completely, wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer-safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.
1 cup (250 ml) greek yoghurt
1 cup (250 ml) vegetable oil (cold pressed macadamia nut oil or lightly flavoured extra virgin olive oil are great choices)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar (or maple syrup)
2 small bananas, mashed
1 medium carrot, grated
2 cups (300 grams) plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 cup (90 grams) oats, plus extra to sprinkle on each muffin
1 cup (180 grams) sultanas
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 F) and line 2 muffin tins with 15 paper liners. Place the yoghurt, oil, eggs, vanilla, sugar, bananas and carrot into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, oats and sultanas and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to ladle the batter into the prepared tin and sprinkle each muffin with a few extra oats. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and when a skewer inserted removes cleanly. Allow to cool for a minute or two in the tin before removing the muffins to cool completely on a wire rack. Serve alongside a little fresh fruit for a mighty baby led weaning breakfast.