Saturday, February 18, 2012

Healthy Kids Apple Banana Oat Muffins

Big Brother was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) a few months after he was born. We saw specialists and tried every remedy available, from changing his diet to medication, and we thought we had it under control (meaning - he stopped screaming with every BM). Then, we took him in for his well-child visit and, all of a sudden, it wasn't under control. Apparently, our doctor doesn't subscribe to the idea that everyone's "normal" is different. So, we're back on medication (which I hate) and I'm left searching for even more ways to control this with his diet.

In my effort to add more fiber into his diet, I came across these muffins and they were a huge hit for breakfast. I altered the recipe for our family's preferences, and I was so pleased with how they turned out! All of the kids had them for breakfast and there's a batch in the freezer for quick breakfasts throughout the week.
2 bananas, mashed (normally we limit banana, but the doctor is pushing them for fiber)
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 medium apples, cored and chopped
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cup oats
3 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup walnuts (optional - we left them out due to allergies)

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease muffin pan or line with paper cups. (I was able to make one full pan and half a pan of mini-muffins with this recipe.)

2. In a large bowl combine bananas, milk, oil, sugar, vanilla and egg. In another bowl whisk together dry ingredients – flours, oats, cinnamon and baking powder. Add dry mixture to wet mixture, mix well. Dust apples and walnuts (if using) lightly with flour to cover, then fold into mixture.

3. Spoon the mixture evenly into muffin cups. (We filled ours right up to the top) Bake for 20 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

4. Cool on a wire rack.

I personally thought these were amazing with butter, but I think everything is great with butter :)

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  1. Hi there! I just wanted to say thanks for your comment on my blog awhile back. I tried to reply to it but somehow it wouldn't work. I wanted to share with you that I have Crohn's Disease (similar to IBS or IBD) and I follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) developed by Elaine Gottschall. This diet works wonders for many different gut problems and might be worth a try for your little one. There's a book that describes the diet in detail and lists recipes too (title: "Breaking the Vicious Cycle"). You can also find a ton of info on the web. Check . I love your blog and identify with a lot of stuff you write. I'm also an elementary teacher turned daycare provider from home (but in Canada). Anyhow, just wanted to say hi and share this amazing diet with you. It's done wonders for many many people. And I'm on no medication. The diet is followed by young and old. Good luck!

    1. Thank you so much Cindy! I just checked out the website and we will definitely be giving this a try! And, I'm always excited to find other teachers turned daycare providers :) I was so surprised to see how common it is! I guess I really shouldn't be, though. It makes sense that we would bring our passion for teaching and children home when we decide to stay home with our kids.

  2. Just put these in the oven. I can't wait to see how they taste. Thanks for sharing great muffin recipes.

  3. love it! Going to try soon! thanks!

  4. These sound wonderful! Looking forward to trying this recipe soon!