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 of 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!

P.P.S. Go check out my Instagram over there —-> on the right side of the screen. Follow me and stay updated on the daily (or close to it), or if you don’t have an Instagram you can still go check out the pictures!

Happy Baking 🙂

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Chocolate, coconut and peanut butter! Does it get any better?

Wild Friends is a new[er] brand of nut butters on the market, and they have great flavors including Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, which was my muse for these two recipes.

I have been trying to find a protein bar on the market that is not only is dairy-free but inexpensive, and it has become a trying task. So I decided to make my own. These bars are not only simple to make, but it makes a large batch and only used a fraction of the ingredients that I purchased.

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Approx. 20 small bars

2 cups oats

1 cup puffed brown rice cereal

3/4 cup Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup brown rice syrup (I used Lundberg’s Organic Sweet Dreams)

2/3 cup brown rice protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Brand in Chocolate)

1 tsp vanilla

I combined the peanut butter and brown rice syrup and heated it in the microwave for a few seconds until it was slightly melted and easier to stir, you could also heat it on your stove top over low heat-this step made the process of mixing much easier. Add the additional ingredients and keep stirring until the mixture is uniformly combined.

I took my 16 cup (12.375″ L X 9.125″ W X 3.5″ H) Sterilite rectangle lidded container and lined it with parchment paper. I added the mixture and pressed it firmly and evenly. I snapped on the lid and stuck it in the refrigerator for about an hour or two (I lost track of time); once they were cooled, I removed the bars easily with the parchment paper and cut them into 20 small rectangular bars. Then I tossed them back into the container for storage. I recommend storing them in the refrigerator, however I did have one in my purse that I forgot about…it was in a Ziploc baggy for a day or so and it still maintained the shape and flavor.

I wanted to touch on brown rice syrup briefly. I have heard controversy over this item due to reports of arsenic in rice. For one, it is an ingredient in almost every organic, natural, vegan etc bar, and two I felt comfortable using this Lundberg brand because they are taking precautions and testing the levels of arsenic in their rice as part of their comprehensive food safety plan.

And now for this masterpiece…

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Pancakes

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Pancakes

Approx. 4-6 depending on size

2 eggs

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter

2 tbsp chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life minis)

2 tbsp shredded coconut

Optional:

Coconut oil for cooking

A little extra coconut and chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (highly recommended)

Mash the banana, then add the eggs and mix well; add the remaining ingredients and mix until relatively smooth. I heated a pan on my stove top to medium-low and added a little coconut oil to keep the pancakes from sticking.  I put about 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture into the pan; when they have formed bubbles on top that have burst they are ready to be flipped (just like normal pancakes). These don’t take long to cook!

When they are done, grab a plate and stack ’em up. I didn’t add any syrup or additional peanut butter, just a sprinkle of coconut and chocolate chips on top. I’m not even exaggerating, these were like heaven in my mouth. Next time around, I will be making a bigger batch!

Enjoy 🙂

P.S. This post was not sponsored by Wild Friends. All opinions and ideas are my own.

Superhero Wall Art

Long time no see! I hope everyone has had a wonderful January thus far. I have a great recipe to share with you tomorrow that I know you will LOVE but for today we’re getting a little crafty.

I happen to have a superhero fan, and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to transform the nursery style of decor to something a toddler would love without spending much money, if any.

I made these a little over two years ago to hang on the wall, they were incredibly easy to make and looked really cute. I took canvases, cut some batting into the same square shape of the canvas and then cut the fabric in a larger square than the canvas. I placed the batting on top of the canvas and held it in place with a little hot glue. I then laid the fabric over the top and bunched/folded it in the back and used the hot glue gun to glue it in place. They were incredibly easy and inexpensive to make.

Fabric Canvas art

Since I like to re-use products, I took the fabric and batting off and peeled the little bits of hot glue off. Voila! A clean canvas ready to paint! I had a small stash of acrylic paints in the cupboard and I didn’t want to buy more, so some brainstorming took place.

Canvas painting

Any guesses of what this is going to turn in to?

Canvas painted yellow

I had one of those foam paint brushes that cost less than a dollar and a paintbrush that I used out of a children’s watercolor set. I also used a black and green marker to draw out the designs. For this first canvas, I used to foam brush to paint the canvas an all over yellow. While that was drying, I painted my second canvas white in the center, and once that dried I cut out a paper circle, stuck it in the middle (or at least I tried to center it) and then painted the green color on top. Once the base layers were completely dry on both canvases, I took my markers and drew the designs. I then took the paint brush and painted the inside of my outlines…oh and I obviously removed the paint from the brushes before using a new color.

Superhero Wall Art

P.S. I never said I was good at free-hand drawing, but I think they turned out pretty awesome and they didn’t cost anything to make!

I encourage you to look around your house and find something that you can re-purpose. And of course have fun doing it!

Happy Crafting 🙂

Oat Bran Peanut Butter Cookies for Kids (and adults).

Ahhh! I’m so sorry that it has been a week since I have posted a new recipe…please forgive me! I feel like I have been extra busy lately, I’m sure you all know the feeling. Today I whipped up a batch of peanut butter cookies, is it me or does it seem like I am always talking about peanut butter and nut butter? Oh, and these cookies just happen to be vegan as well.

These aren’t your typical peanut butter cookies since they are very oat-y, with that said, I think these are great to throw in your child’s lunch box or for a treat; they will be happy to be eating cookies and you’ll be happy to know they are eating something healthy. I used oat bran in place of flour because it offers a good amount of fiber and protein. I also used agave in place of sugar, I personally think that all sweeteners are fairly similar, but the nice thing about agave is that it is lower on the glycemic index so it doesn’t cause as sharp of a spike in blood sugar.

 

Oat Bran Peanut Butter Cookies

Oat Bran Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup oat bran

1/3 cup agave

(if you would prefer to use brown sugar, then you may want to use 1/2 cup).

1/2 mashed banana

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

Mix all of the ingredients together and roll into balls, and press them down with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. My batch made about 15 small cookies.

Oat Bran Peanut Butter Cookies1

Happy Baking!

P.S. Stay tuned! In the next couple of weeks I will be holding a contest and the winner will receive some dairy free goodies 😛

 

Arts and Crafts: Painting with Cars

Happy Sunday!

We are having a lazy Sunday, partially because the washing machine is broken so I can’t do laundry and because the little guy has a cold and I think I’m coming down with one. I am trying to be positive about it, it has been a full 48 hours since I have washed a load of laundry, so I’m going to relish this time rather than think of the clothes and linens that are piling up.

Anyways, I have a great mommy friend who has inspired me to do more arts and crafts! She is always posting these great photos on Instagram of the things that her and her son are making and she also has a pretty excellent Pinterest board going of ideas.

I am planning on making a trip to the dollar store to find some materials, but today we went with what we had on hand. I found this idea on Pinterest.

I had the brilliant idea to put saran wrap on the table, to not only protect it, but save on dirty dishes and for an easy clean-up! I laid down a piece of white sketch-pad paper (you can use construction or whatever you’d like), set out some cars and squirted some paint onto the saran wrap.

Car Painting

Then they took the cars and drove them through the paint and onto the paper. All the little cars had different tread patterns on their wheels.

Car Painting1

Car Painting2

Drum roll please…

Car Painting3

Happy Painting!