Just before my youngest turned 6 months I spent hours searching Pinterest and Google looking for recipes I could make for her. I was fascinated by the idea of baby-led weaning, the problem was we already know she was dairy intolerant and I did not feel okay with giving her eggs right off the bat either. I cam across a couple recipes that I like the idea of being it was so plain. So I spiced things up. Almost literally.
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Step 1: Take Adorable Pictures of Your Kiddos
Okay so it is not totally necessary but you cant deny they are the bees knees :)
Step 2: Preheat Your Oven to 350 Degrees
Step 3: Gather Your Ingredients
You will need a
1/2 cup Cooking oil (not pictured)- I chose Corn oil but I have used Vegetable and Canola in the past.
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 cups Flour (I use Whole Wheat)
1 cup Sugar (I know that's a lot)
3 full 4oz jars your choice of baby food (not pictured)- I usually do one veggie and two fruit but in this tutorial I mix and match brands and flavors.
2 bowls for mixing
A container such as a coffee can
Quart sized ziplock bag
Step 4: Mix Your Dry Ingredients EXCEPT the Sugar....
Step 5: Mix Your Oil, Sugar and Baby Food
I suggest NOT taste testing until you have mixed all three together.... *shivers* veggies and fruits mixed by themselves are sort of gross..... but once mixed with the oil and sugar its not half bad.... However the cinnamon and nutmeg make a HUGE difference.
Here I chose Squash, Banana, and a Beet, Pear, and Pomegranate mixture... Boy do I taste the beets right now.
Step 6: Mix All Ingredients Together Until Moistened
Seriously the batch turns out super thick something and runny other times. This time was thick.
Step 7: Dump It All Into a Ziplock Bag
Now, this is not super neccasary but I am using cupcake liners and I am terrible at moving them all over the place. If you chose to grease your pan that is totally fine by me. However, I like watching it fill up the liners all turd like... I know kind of morbid :)
Step 8: Fill Each About 1/2 to 3/4 Full
See...turds... I mean now we are able to put them into the oven.
Set your timer for 15 minutes and check.
A fork stabbed in the middle should come out clean if they are not quite springy (is that even a word) to the touch you can add another 5 minutes. Just keep an eye on them.
Step 9: And There You Have It... Sneaky Veggie Baby Muffins....