These muffins are good because they take me about five minutes to prepare, are portable, have the natural sweetness of apples, are high in fibre and have the added protein from the walnuts. Yum.
1 ½ cups wholemeal self raising flour
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup desiccated coconut
2 handfuls currants
2 large handfuls of roughly crushed walnuts (lightly bash them in a bag with a meat tenderiser on the bench)
pinch sea salt
2 tbsp agave nectar
2 free range eggs (ban the cage)
2 tbsp rice bran oil
2 tbsp soy milk
1 x 440 g tin pie apples
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees fan forced)
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl
Add wet ingredients and mix until just combined
Fill a greased, 12 hole muffin pan and bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned and muffins just spring back in the centre when pressed.
This recipe is another of my toddler friendly concoctions. My little miss loves to sit on the kitchen bench and help construct these. I chop and grate extra toppings because a fair amount goes into her mouth instead of on the mushrooms. I list the ingredients for these shown in the photos, but you can add anything you have on hand just as long as it’s diced and doesn’t release too much water during the cooking process.
As for quantities, aim for a nice rounded shape on the mushroom, kind of like a good bottom! This is not the best looking dish, but it always taste amazing and is a very nutritious addition to any meal. Last time we prepared these, I served them on the side of a tomato-based pasta dish.
Large, flat mushrooms, stalks removed (twist and pull)
Rice bran oil
Grated tasty cheese
Leftover vegetarian sausage, diced
Cob of corn, kernels removed
spinach leaves, roughly torn
Pepper, seasoned to taste
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius (160 degrees fan forced)
Lightly grease oven tray with rice bran oil
Lay mushrooms gill side up on tray
Sprinkle diced ingredients over mushrooms and press down with fingertips, leaving the cheese and pepper until last
Bake for 10 to 15 mins or until cheese is golden brown.
To serve toddler, cut into large pieces so each bit can be picked up with a fork.