Sneaky Baking: How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Veggies

I’ve recently had trouble getting Austin to eat different veggies. I will usually resort to those veggie/fruit pouches to get him some vegetables in his diet. A little while ago I figured out that I can combine something he loves with something he isn’t too fond of. I made veggie quick bread! His love of carbs masked the fact that there was veggies in his snack. The first thing I made was butternut squash quick bread. It was SOOOOOO yummy. Unfortunately, I almost chopped off a finger in the process of making it. Whoops!

I give credit to Daily Garnish. I’ve been following her blog since Austin was born. Both our toddlers were born around the same time. She is a vegetarian chef/blogger. I get a lot of good ideas from her blog (parenting & food-wise).

Daily Garnish: http://www.dailygarnish.com/

Here is the link to the Butternut Squash Quick Bread recipe: http://www.dailygarnish.com/recipes?recipe_id=6038005

Today, while Austin and Justin were napping, I decided to put my ripe banana to good use. I decided to create a Banana Carrot Quick Bread. I looked up different quick bread recipes to see what was standard in them.

Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 3/4 C. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 C. honey
  • 1/2 C. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. flour (sifted with a fork)
  • 1 C. whole wheat flour (sifted with a fork)
  • 1/2 C. oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 C. mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)

I didn’t have 3 bananas, so I mashed 1 banana and squeezed in an apple and strawberry pouch.

  • 1 + 1/2 C. grated carrot (3 large)
  • 1/2 C. raisins

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your muffin tins
2. Whisk together flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium mixing bowl; set aside.
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3. In a large mixing bowl whisk the oil, brown sugar, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
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4. Add 1/4 of the flour mixture at a time and stir in – alternating with the banana and ending with the flour mixture. Scrap down sides and just mix until incorporated; don’t over mix.
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5. Add grated carrot and raisins. Fold into mixture until mixed throughout.
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6. Spoon into mini or regular sized muffin tins.
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7. Bake mini muffins 12 minutes and then check until a toothpick comes out clean. Regular muffins should take about 5 minutes longer. Ovens may vary the times a big. Just make sure to check your muffins. Cool for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and continue cooling on wire rack.
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I had my best judge taste the muffins. I think I got the toddler stamp of approval!
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Scrumptious!
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4 thoughts on “Sneaky Baking: How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Veggies

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