One would expect that once your kids rolled into their teens that they’d be fairly self-sufficient at preparing their own meals, but nooooooo. Left to their own devices they make the worst choices. Case in point; breakfast at my house.
For years, I laid down the law that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. I woke up extra early to make bacon and eggs, yogurt and berries, muffins and smoothies—whatever it took to fuel their bodies and brains. Once I felt I’d modelled a good start, I declared it was time for them to get their own breakfast.
Less than one week in breakfast was a farce. My oldest, feigning she didn’t need breakfast but was really just basking in teen malaise, simply skipped it. My youngest, took another route; a handful of chocolate chips and a banana would do. I tried not to step in, but I’m a control freak by nature and honestly, I couldn’t help myself.
The days of making big breakfasts though are gone, and I’ve adopted a grab-and-go attitude. My favourite are these Morning Glory Muffins (made with Hans Dairy Dahi), paired with a Hans Dairy Smoothie my teens can grab on the way out the door in the morning.
I feel good using Hans Dairy products in my baking and as a snack for my kids for one simple reason. Hans Dairy has a 100% natural philosophy, meaning that all their products are free of any artificial sugars, flavourings, colourings, and preservatives.
These Morning Glory Muffins are a great recipe to have your kids (no matter what age they are) help you with. Teaching kids to fend for themselves in the kitchen is never a bad idea. Someday, and it may be a long time down the road, they will thank you for it.
These muffins never last long in our house, so I would suggest you double the recipe and freeze a few.
Morning Glory Muffins
- 1/2 cup Hans Dairy Dahi Natural Yogurt (3.2%)
- 2 cups carrots shredded finely
- 2 small apples chopped fine
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, combine shredded carrot and chopped apple with pecans and coconut.
Add flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon to carrot mixture. Combine to coat well.
In a separate bowl, whisk together Hans Dairy Dahi, eggs, and oil until mixed well. Pour into larger bowl and stir all ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
Scoop batter into a paper lined muffin tin filling to the top. (I like to use an ice cream scoop).
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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