Pumpkin for breakfast?

Lots of us struggle with feeding our kids in the mornings. Half the time my youngest 'forgets' he is hungry and we end up following him around so that he will eat before preschool. Grrr.

Here is a quick, nutritious, protein packed recipe for Almond flour pumpkin, apple muffins. YUMMERS! The kids will be ASKING you for breakfast! Oh and gluten free! Double FAB.

 

 

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

 

2  eggs, room temp 

1/2 cup cooked pumpkin puree or canned organic pumpkin

1/3 cup raw honey

1/4 cup unrefined organic coconut oil 

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups, loose not packed almond flour 

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp ginger 

1 chopped, peeled granny smith apple 

 

Preheat the oven to 350'.

Mix the dry ingredients together. 

Whip the eggs and add vanilla. Mix in the pumpkin until evenly distributed.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix for 1 minute on medium speed. Add the apples and mix for another 30 seconds.

Prepare your tins with either cupcake liners or grease muffin tin with coconut oil and a light dusting of almond flour. Fill the liners above the 3/4 line and stick in the oven for up to 20 minutes or until brown on the outside and a toothpick comes out clean. This makes approx 12 muffins.

Enjoy your breakfast!

 



Cashew banana protein pancakes

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'Get in my belly!' Thats what my boy says!  (oh and that fella from the movie Austin Powers right?)

These pancakes are stuffed full of protein and potassium. Stuff we need to start the day right.

Drizzle with raw honey and what more could you ask for. Beeeeelicious. bzzzzzzz.

You can buy local and raw honey at most stores. Sprout Market usually has a good selection. 

Anyway, I know you are in a rush so here is the recipe! Enjoy

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashew meal (you can use almond meal, it just won’t be as sweet)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 2 whipped eggs (room temp)
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana (you could even add a few EnjoyLife choc chips!)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • Coconut oil or coconut spread for frying 

Directions

  1. Whisk together cashew meal, baking powder and melted honey.
  2. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add eggs, coconut milk and vanilla.
  3. Stir well with whisk to combine.
  4. Melt oil/spread in a frying pan over medium low heat.
  5. Drop batter by the 1/4 cup into the frying pan.
  6. Cook pancakes until edges are firm and bubbles form on the top and the bottom is browned.
  7. Flip and cook until the other side is brown.
  8. Drizzle a little warm honey and top with sliced banana 
  9. Enjoy!! 

Kids Protein Balls

Its always a battle to get kids to try something new. 

My eldest has been in and out of Occupational Feeding Therapy for the last couple of years. We just started up again in San Francisco, due to his texture issues and anxiety around food. He barely tries anything new and we have learned (and also gotten into a rut) with what he will eat. Kids need so much in the way of good fats and protein, especially boys who are always on the go.

My boys love the coconut balls because I usually put fruit in them or make them green like the HULK. They don't know the green stuff hiding in there, is spinach! They just think they are cool when they eat them. 

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The recipe is pretty easy. If you have an old cakepop machine like I do, even better! Otherwise just roll them with your hands and stick in a mini cupcake wrapper.

Here is what you will need:

4 large eggs

1/2 cup local raw honey

3 cups almond flour 

1 /2 cup raw unsweetened coconut

1 cup raw coconut flour ( see www.Nuts.com for many organic options)

1/2 tablespoon vanilla 

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 tsp coconut oil

Powdered sugar for rolling (optional)

1/2 cup chopped raspberries, banana, blueberries or whatever you like. You can even use peanut butter if you need even more good fats (great for kids developing brain)

Directions:

Place your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Whip up your eggs and combine the lot. Once mealy and thicker in consistency, roll into a little ball, place in a cupcake wrapper and bake in the oven @ 350', until starting to brown. About 11 - 14 mins depending on your oven.

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Tasty balls! Enjoy 

 

xo