imogen's carrot & apple muffins

Here at My Green Lunch Box one of our primary motivations is to do our bit to help children in Australia consume a healthy diet. Research shows that an amazing 43% of Australian primary school children aren't getting the daily recommended amount of fruit and vegetables and around 17% are overweight. As the obesity epidemic with all its future health implications increases it is incredibly important that your kids head off to school or kindergarten with a nutritionally balanced lunch.

One of the best ways I know to get your children eating a healthy diet is to get them involved with food; the more children learn about food and nutrition, the more likely they are to eat fruit and vegetables, the more children cook and prepare fresh food from scratch, the more likely they are to appreciate healthier and more varied ingredients.


With all of this in mind I stood by proudly today while my gorgeous 9 year old daughter 'created' her carrot and apple muffins, now freshly baked and ready to pack for school lunch tomorrow. She has always really enjoyed cooking, and it has been quite a fun activity she has over done with her dad (yes, I am very fortunate to have a husband that cooks!) I can also happily report back that they are completely delicious and packed with fruit, fibre and essential fatty acids. A perfect addition to a nutritious school lunch, plus Imogen has the added satisfaction of knowing she made them herself. I really encourage you to get your kids cooking as well, you might be surprised what healthy food they are happy to eat when they have been involved in its creation.


Ingredients

Makes 12 muffins

2 carrots - grated

4 small apples - grated

1 1/4 cup of milk (we used soy milk but you could use cows/almond or rice)

1 1/2 cup organic plain flour

2 eggs

3/4 cup oats

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup flaxseeds

1 cup organic honey

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda

method

Mix carrots, apple, oats, flour, flaxseeds, chia seeds, honey, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl.

In a seperate bowl mix the eggs, milk and vanilla es

sense.

Combine ingredients and mix well.

Spoon into buttered muffin tin.

Bake in preheated oven at 200 C for 20 minutes.

Cool and serve.




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