Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pineapple Blueberry Muffin

Gwenny is at an awkward food phase. She wants to feed herself, and she doesn't have molars. Veggies are a real problem. Breakfast and lunch are pretty manageable, but we have problems around dinner, especially when we go out. I need something I can just grab and go as a back up if we can't find suitable food. My solution: frozen muffins.

Not just any muffins. I want whole grains, protein and veggies involved. So I created these today. I used oat flour for the additional iron and protein. Also, molasses instead of refined sugar gives these muffins extra calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. I included carrots to sneak in a veggie and nuts for more protein.

It's a lot of ingredients, but these are meals in a muffin! Seriously, they leave nothing out.

1 c oat flour (make from whole rolled oats and a food processor or coffee grinder)
1 1/4 c whole wheat flour
3/4 c flax seed meal
2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 medium carrots, grated (or finely chopped, if you already have the food processor out from the oats)
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 c milk
1/2-3/4 c molasses (you could use same amount of honey or 1/2 c brown sugar)
1 t vanilla
1 t grated orange zest (delicious, but unnecessary)
2 c fresh or frozen blueberries
1 c chopped nuts (I use pecans because I'm allergic to walnuts)

Preheat oven to 375.
Combine dry ingredients and whisk together. Then mix in carrots and pineapple.
Beat wet ingredients in a large bowl, then mix in dry ingredients. Lastly, stir in blueberries and nuts. Mix as little as possible for fluffy muffins.
Grease muffin tin and fill cups with 1/4 c of batter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.

The most difficult part - putting them in the freezer to eat another day. Gwenny and I could easily eat six of them right now. :)


  1. you created that recipe on your own? i'm so impressed. i'm pretty sure i'll never veer away from my trusty recipe book.

  2. Thanks for this recipe. Madalinn has turned into an extremely picky eater. About the only things she will eat right now is oatmeal, cheese, crackers, bananas, and any form of cheese such as grilled cheese, quesodilla, mac n cheese. Any suggestions of food is highly appreciated! I need help!

  3. @jpandchloe - Check out this website. She has some great advice for picky eaters. Also, Gwenny went through a phase like that when her top teeth came in. I stuck to well loved foods for 2 weeks then slowly reintroduced all the grown up foods again. She jumped right back into eating whatever we gave her, except green beans. She still hates green beans.

  4. Also, I include veggies in smoothies for G - like baby spinach and blueberry. The February issue of Real Simple has a whole page of smoothie options. That might help get some extra food groups into Madalinn's diet.


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