Healthy Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin season is the best season. Because I can make pumpkin biscuits like these and mini pumpkin muffins like these.

Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

What a perfect little healthy bite-sized muffin for tots and kids.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Instead of butter or oil, I opted to use unsweetened applesauce.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Whole wheat flour. And old fashioned rolled oats.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

And almond milk with brown sugar.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Can’t forget the pumpkin, and I also added some unsweetened coconut flakes for added taste and texture.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Overall, it came out quite moist and tasty! Just a tad sweet, which is perfect for me. These are a great grab n’ go snack and a nice little lunchbox treat for my little one. Let me know how yours turn out! Tag me @bebeandbear on Insta with your pics!

Mini Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of Whole wheat flour
1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of organic pumpkin
1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce (but if you want it more moist, you can use 1/3 cup of canola or coconut oil) *I chose to just use applesauce
1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1 large egg
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of vanilla extract
dash of salt

*mini muffin pan (if you don’t have one, you can buy one here.)

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line your mini muffin pan with liners.
Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, salt)  together in one bowl. And the wet ingredients (pumpkin, applesauce, almond milk, brown sugar, vanilla, egg)  together in another bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients with the dry and stir until combined. Scoop into muffin liners 3/4 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Then let cool and enjoy!

Recipe altered and adapted from: Kateinthekitchen.com

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Iron-Packed Homemade Granola

Ok, so I admit it, I can be pretty neurotic at times. Especially when it comes to worrying about things, that I probably don’t need to worry about. Nevertheless, I still worry about my child’s iron intake – more often than not.

But in defense, we don’t eat meat and I have the most peculiar eater, ever.

So naturally, I googled ‘foods high in iron’ and found tons of ways to easily get it into her diet. At first, I decided to make these cute little grab n’ go bags full of nuts, seeds and raisins for whenever Els wanted a snack. But that ended up being a total fail as she ended up just picking out all the raisins and tossing the rest. Literally.

So then I thought, I’d try making this:

Iron Packed Homemade Granola.

Homemade granola packed with goodness.

Iron Packed Homemade Granola

Every single one of these items above are full of iron! Oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, dried apricots and coconut. (Sesame seeds as well, not pictured).

Iron Packed Homemade Granola

I chopped up the cashews and cut the dried apricots into quarters. I left the almonds whole, but it might be nice to cut them in half or use slivered almonds instead.

Iron Packed Homemade Granola

Total Ingredients Used:

Rolled Oats – 4 cups
Unsalted Cashews – 1/3 cup
Raw almonds – 1/3 cup
Pumpkin seeds – 1/2 cup
Sunflower seeds – 1/3 cup
Dried Apricots quartered – 1/4 cup
Organic Raisins – 1/3 cup
Unsweetened Coconut – 1/2 cup
Sesame Seeds – Sprinkled on top
Maple Syrup – 2 tbsp (If you want sweeter go for 1/4 cup)
Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
Olive oil – Just to coat the tray (more generously than not)

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 325 degrees. Pour oats, seeds and nuts into a large mixing bowl. (Leave out the apricots, raisins and coconut.) Add in the maple syrup and cinnamon and mix well. Coat a tray with olive oil, pour the mixture into the tray. Distribute well. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Add in the apricots, raisins and coconut at the end of the 30 minutes and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Cool and Serve!

Iron Packed Homemade Granola

It came out quite nicely. Not clumpy, but still a perfect snack consistency. Els gobbled it up entirely, nuts, seeds and all.

Iron Packed Homemade Granola

What’s great about this granola, is that it’s the exact opposite of what you will find in a store. It’s only a tad sweet without all the sugar and unnecessary ingredients. I like to eat mine plain – just grab and go. Same with my 2 and a 1/2 year old. My husband likes his over fruit and yogurt. So many ways, it doesn’t matter. What matters, is that I worry less. I guess.

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