My little Mini Muffins just had her third birthday party. I can’t believe she is 3 already, but at the same time, I cannot believe that she is only 3. I swear, she was born a little old woman. She is wise beyond her years, and the things she comes out with are just hilarious.
A couple of weeks back, we went into Old Sacramento to watch the lighting of the christmas tree. It was pretty busy when we were leaving, and I was a bit anxious driving with both kids in the car with all the crowds (I am still not quite used to driving in the U.S.). She kept talking, as she does, and I asked her to be quiet for 2 minutes until I got out of the busy areas. Sure enough, total silence ensued (this may or may not have involved some bribery involving the candy she knew I had in my bag).
We got through the busy bits, and I said ‘thanks sweetheart, mummy just gets nervous driving, you know you are my best little helper right’….her wee eyes shone and that smile that gets me every time beamed in the rear vision mirror, as she crossed her arms and pronounced ‘well, I can’t say no to that, can I’. Told you she was a wee granny. I am pretty sure I laughed the whole way home.
Well, she has decided she wants to be a doctor when she grows up, so naturally her third birthday playdate party had to be doctor themed, including scrubs for her to wear (a white jacket was not going to cut it apparently). I made these little muffins for her playdate and told her they were Doctor McStuffins Muffins, which she thought was absolutely hilarious. The kids and adults alike lapped them up, so I thought I would share them with you guys.
Her other favourite foods, as requested on her birthday (because in our house mummy will be a short order chef on your birthday and that’s it), are Pomegranate, Kale and Coconut Smoothie for breakfast and Broccoli and Feta Fritters for lunch. Pizza and ice cream were requested for dinner of course 🙂
These little muffins are perfect to have on hand for snacks throughout the week, and they are a great way to sneak some veggies into little bellies too!
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup finely grated carrot
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1/2 cup raisins optional
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease mini muffin tin (I use coconut oil)
Combine the flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined
In a second bowl, combine the butter, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla extract
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined
Add the carrots, applesauce and raisins and stir until just combined
Fill each cup in the pan to about 3/4 full and bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.
You can sub in grated apple for the applesauce if that is what you have on hand