Toddler Hulk Muffins

Have I mentioned that my little is Batman? Well he is…but sometimes he likes to be other superheroes too, like Captain America or the Hulk and now he is totally into Ninja Turtles as well. Anyways, since my life seems to revolve around superheroes, it was only fitting to call these [super] yummy green and purple muffins, Hulk Muffins!

I know, I know, he is no longer a “toddler” but toddlers are sure to love these muffins, just like my…preschooler. I am having a hard time letting go ofย my little baby who just wanted to be held all day, isn’t three too early to be a big kid? He is such a strong and independent boy who is so full of life and is so adamant about learning new things, and doing everything by himself. He also doesn’t want to be called any of those mushy nicknames, like my baby or boo bear…the list goes on…sometimes I slip up and call him a mushy name, and he reminds me, “Mom, I am not a baby, I am a big kid.”

On to the muffins…

I haven’t made a “toddler” muffin in quite some time, but I really wanted to make something that didn’t have flour and contained fruits and veggies that could easily be tossed into a lunch-pail. I had just bought a big container of spinach and blueberries from Costco, which I immediately washed and froze in individual baggies for smoothies (more on that another day)…but I thought hey, those would be perfeeecccttt for a muffin!

Toddler Hulk Muffins

Makes approx. 30 mini muffins

2 cups rolled oats (not all oats are gluten-free, check the labeling)

2 bananas

2 eggs

1 heaping handful of spinach

1-1 1/2 cup blueberries

1 cup dairy free yogurt (I used coconut yogurt)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Blend or food process the oats, yogurt, spinach, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla until smooth, although there will be some texture from the oats. Add in eggs. Once combined fold in the blueberries.

Grease or line muffin tin. Fill compartments 3/4 full. Stick them in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.

P.S. These aren’t just for toddlers, I loved them too!

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Happy Baking ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free: Toddler Lunch

Hello my lovely readers!

I’ve shared a dairy-free and gluten-free toddler breakfast and dinner, so I figured I should share a lunch too. I was talking with one of my girlfriends on the phone earlier today and she told me about this delicious turkey sandwich that she has been making for lunch, so I just HAD TO HAVE a turkey sandwich too…I’m sure you know how that is!

So, I kept our lunch fairly simple today. I let the toddler pick out his fruit and veggie of choice, which happened to be an orange and some carrots; I cut the carrots into chunks and sliced up the orange (he likes his orange still attached to the peel). I toasted his bread, I always do this to make it a little softer, then added some avocado, turkey and lettuce; I even cut it into a train shape with my amazing skills, just kidding, I used a cookie cutter! Then to finish it off, I added a little coconut milk yogurt, it gets some good bacteria into your body and some calcium too.

Dairy Free and Gluten Free Toddler Lunch

The raw fruits and veggies are naturally dairy and gluten free, as well as the coconut milk yogurt. Apparently some lunch meats have gluten, so make sure to check the ingredient lists, and leave out those nasty nitrates and nitrites too! Last, but not least, I used the Franz 7 Grain bread again, it has basically become a staple in my home because it doesn’t have gluten or dairy (I am still a big advocate for Dave’s Killer Bread, but it isn’t gluten free).

I always share the before photos of our meals, but I thought I would show you the after photo…well, because toddlers will be toddlers and they don’t always eat what all you serve up! If the left overs are salvageable you can always save them for another meal or snack, eat them yourself, feed them to your dog (as long as its okay for them to eat), stick it in the compost…or throw it away.

I think most toddlers refuse food at some point in their young lives, and it is totally normal! I know a lot of parents worry, as do I, about your child getting all the nutrients that they need. This is when smoothies seriously come in handy, you can shove all sorts of things in the blender and make something that tastes awesome and not healthy…hehe…little do they ย know, that it is.

DF GF Toddler Lunch

Happy Munching ๐Ÿ™‚