Sweet, moist muffins with crunchy sunflower seeds – made with ingredients you have on hand: Sunflower Seed Apple Muffins. Plus tips for cooking with kids.
Sometimes the most brilliant, kids’-play ideas do NOT come from Pinterest.
Instead, they originate from a good old fashioned conversation with a friend in the kitchen. In this case, in order to keep my 3-year and 5-year olds occupied and out of
my hair the way of dangerous/hot items, my friend suggested I give them a spoon, whisk and a bowl containing just flour and let them go to town.
Here are the benefits to allowing your kids access to a few kitchen basics:
- If you start with a real recipe, you may be disappointed when your carefully measured ingredients inevitably end up on the floor.
- Kids may use their pretend play to be a piece of heavy machinery: Think front-end loader or scoop shovel.
- Practicing mixing makes a child feel important and younger children love to be just like mommy, daddy or grandma in the kitchen.
- You can judge how well kids follow instructions so you know they are ready to actually try that real recipe.
Muffin recipes are a great way to start baking with a child (another sign of muffin-baking-readiness: if kids can count and stir 15 times around the bowl, as that is how many strokes I stir muffin recipes when incorporating wet into dry ingredients.)
These Sunflower Seed Apple Muffins are perfect for young bakers because the recipe easily adaptable. Leave out the apples or applesauce if their attention span is running short. Add grated carrots and raisins if it’s not.
Plus, it’s healthy too, including whole wheat flour, 2 whole cups of apples, plus protein-rich nuts or seeds.
For more cooking-with-kids tips when making muffins, see my recipe below.Print
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Do your kids like to be in the kitchen? What age did they start to help out? What do you like to cook with them – we love to hear from you!