Healthy Baking With The Kids


We are a few weeks into the new year and most of us are still desperately trying to hold onto our New Year’s resolutions, while the realities of day-to-day life are making it seem almost impossible. We are back at work, back to spending hours a day stuck in traffic, back to feeling tired and back to facing another year of school with the kids. Planning healthy meals for them can be tough. So, we have compiled some recipes for healthy, easy baking. Grab that apron, call the kids, blast some Bon Jovi and get baking!

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Egg ‘Muffins’

These egg ‘muffins’ are actually baked omelettes that are simple, speedy and very filling. They are extremely convenient because you can throw in anything you have on hand. They also mess free, so they make the ultimate breakfast to feast on in the car on the way to school in that morning traffic.

Ingredients:
6 eggs
Oil
Salt and pepper
Veg of your choice

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Grease a muffin tin with the oil.
Place some veggies into each muffin cup.
Beat the eggs and add seasoning.
Pour eggs over the veggies.
Bake for 20 minutes until cooked and serve.

Source: A Sassy Spoon

Muesli Bars

These delectable bars are packed with nutrients: omegas from the nuts and seeds, vitamins from the fruit and potassium from the banana. Add some spices like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon for an immune boost.

Ingredients:
2 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1/2 C Nut Butter
3 Tb Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1 C Nuts, assorted/of your choice
1 C Oats
1/2 C Mixed Seeds
1/4 C Dried Fruit
1/4 C Desiccated Coconut

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Mix bananas, nut butter, oil and vanilla.
Add rest of ingredients and extra oil if it’s too dry.
Put onto baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Slice into bars and enjoy.

Source: Chloe Moir

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Apple Muffins

This is a travel friendly muffin that is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast or lunch box treat. Just make an extra batch, bake, freeze and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds for a quick grab during those busy morning rushes.

Recipe:
2 1/2 C Oats
1 C Dried Dates, chopped
1/2 C Boiling Water
1 Apple, chopped
3/4 C Milk
2 Eggs
2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 Tsp Cinnamon

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Blend dates and water, let sit for 5 minutes and blend again.
Blend in milk and apple.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until oats are ground.
Fill greased muffin tray with batter.
Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy.

Source: Bren Did

Pizza

I know you’re thinking “how can pizza be healthy or easy to make?” but just bear with us. The base for this pizza is made from brown flour to add some much needed fibre to your kids’ diet (for an extra boost, add some crushed nuts, wheat or bran). This recipe is also free of yeast so there is no need to faff around with kneading and rising. Just mix, shape and bake. This pizza sauce is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies for the fussy ones and you can top this pizza with whatever you find in your pantry and fridge.

Recipe:
1 1/3 C Brown Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 C Milk
1/2 Tsp Salt
2 Tb Olive Oil
3 Tomatoes
Salt and Pepper
1 Tb Oil
1/2 C Veggies, of your choice
Toppings, of your choice

Method:
Preheat oven to 200°C
Chop tomatoes and other veg, rub with oil, salt and pepper.
Roast until softened.
Blend into a paste, add water if necessary.
Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
Add milk and oil.
Mix until a dough forms.
Break into four balls and shape into circles for a mini pizza, or
Shape all of dough into a circle for a large pizza.
Bake for 8 minutes, less for smaller pizzas.
Top with tomato and veg sauce made earlier.
Add toppings of your choice.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, less for smaller pizzas.

Source: All Recipes

Pizza

Chocolate Cake

Not all chocolate cake has to be a glutenous sin. This cake is made with bananas, which reduces the need for sugar and fat while still keeping the cake moist. You can also add some extra nuts and dried fruit for some extra brain power or even some chocolate chips for a slightly guilty pleasure.

Recipe:
3 Bananas, mashed
3 Tb Honey
1 Egg
1/2 C Yogurt
1 1/2 C Flour
1/4 C Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Bicarbonate of Soda

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Mix bananas, honey, egg and yogurt.
Add dry ingredients and mix until combined
Pour batter into greased muffin tin for muffins or into a greased baking pan for squares or into a cake tin for a cake.
Bake until done, for 50-55 minutes for a cake or brownies, 20-30 minutes for muffins
Cool and then slice into pieces.

Source: Bake. Eat. Repeat.

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C – cup        Tsp – Teaspoon        Tb – Tablespoon

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