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How to make healthy breakfast muffins for kids

Your children love to cook, and you love to eat delicious sweet treats, so this healthy banana muffin recipe for kids really is a win for everyone. The kitchen might look a little bit like a bombsite once your kids are done baking, but the huge smiles on their (flour-dusted) faces will make it well worth the mess. Let’s get started!

Easy banana muffins for kids

To make these healthy breakfast muffins, you will need:

  • 2 large, very ripe (but not quite yet brown) bananas

  • 250g self-raising flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 

  • A pinch of salt (just a small one)

  • 1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon and nutmeg

  • 115g caster sugar

  • 75g butter

  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs

  • 125ml milk

  • A muffin tin

Ready to begin? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C. You may prefer to do this yourself, and keep small hands away from the oven.

  2. Set your kids to work peeling and mashing the bananas, then set them to one side.

  3. Sift the self-raising flour into a large bowl, then add the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt. Throw in the cinnamon and nutmeg to give these banana muffins a little boost of warm flavour.

  4. This part of our healthy banana muffin recipe for kids actually needs an adult’s touch. Melt the butter on the hob or in the microwave.

  5. Ask the kids to crack two large eggs into a bowl, then beat them with a fork. (The eggs – not the kids).

  6. Carefully combine the eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla essence, then stir in the milk. 

  7. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, and gradually stir in the egg-butter-milk mix bit-by-bit. Be careful not to add too much – you want a lumpy paste, not a sloshing liquid. 

  8. Add in the mashed banana, plus a small handful of any extras you fancy. Walnuts, pecans, blueberries, and oats are all good. If you’re not too concerned with whether these are “healthy” breakfast muffins for kids (everyone deserves a treat) peanut butter and chocolate chips also go well.

  9. Grease the muffin tin with a dab of butter (if you’re using paper muffin cases, you can skip this step).

  10. Spoon the mixture into the tin or cases. Place the tin in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Once they’re done, the muffins should come away from the side of the tin with ease, and be firm to the touch.

  11. Tasting time! Leave the muffins to cool for 5-10 minutes, then tuck in. 

If you’re looking to teach your kids to embrace the joys of cooking and getting their five-a-day, these healthy muffins for kids are a great start – and they go amazingly with a smoothie. Don’t worry about any mess, either: with Persil liquid on hand, their clothes will be back to normal (and ready for new kinds of mess) in no time.

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