Healthy muffins for fussy eaters (and everybody else)

Mum question: Does anyone have any simple recipes for healthy muffins? My 4yr old is a very fussy eater. Thought if I could make a healthy muffin she would eat it.

Pinky says: I have been baking these oatmeal muffins for years –I first discovered the original version  in a La Leche League  cookbook,’ Whole Foods for The Whole Family’. Over the years I have adapted and made many versions. They are really simple and seem to be a ‘never fail’  – you just mix all the ingredients together and pop them in the oven . If you have kids with food sensitivities, adapt ingredients, using different flours, grains or ‘milk’ as suggested below.

 Pinky’s ‘Oatmeal’ Muffins  

1 cup flour (wholemeal,  spelt, buckwheat,  gluten free mix)

1 ½ tsp baking  powder (or baking soda if using buttermilk or yoghurt)

1 cup rolled oats or quinoa (gluten free option)

1 cup ‘milk’  or yoghurt or buttermilk  ( rice milk/oatmilk/ soy milk/ almond milk)

2 TBS  raw sugar or honey

1/3 cup oil   (sunflower / olive/ coconut)

1 egg (optional)

Fruit – grated  or chopped pear (low salicylate); grated apple;  mashed banana (Makes muffins soft and moist); berries; nectarines; carrot and cinnamon; rhubarb and apple; lemon and coconut– whatever you like.

Mix everything together , bake at 180 degrees for  10 – 15 minutes



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  • Nerida

    Thanks for putting up this recipe Pinky, it looks great! I will definitely give it a try. It’s always nice to have a yummy but healthy option when making snacks to share with others, especially when kids will be eating them too.

  • Anita

    Probably a silly question, but if you’re using quinoa does it need to be rinsed & cooked first, or do you just put it in raw?

    • Shorna

      Thanks for asking this, interested to know the answer.

      • Natarsha

        You can buy rolled quinoa. I figured that is what the recipe called for. I make glutinous free ANZAC biscuits with them.

  • Jen

    I was wondering the same thing about the quinoa.

  • Tracy

    How much fruit do you add?

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  • Stacie

    I love these muffins! They are a great go to for my daughter who has allergies and a restricted diet. Because of her allergies I feel like I’m always in the kitchen cooking. This recipe I can mix together in the time it takes my husband to go and change her nappy. I’d love more easy versatile recipes like this!

    I always cook the quinoa which gives a really moist, interesting texture. I alternate between batches with oats and batches with quinoa to keep things interesting.

    Tracy, I don’t think you can go wrong. It’s really personal preference and I just throw in whatever looks right or whatever I have on hand.

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