COOKING WITH KIDS: BANANA OAT MUFFINS

In my house, we are always looking for quick and easy snacks for the kids. It's a bonus if they can also serve as breakfast on a busy day. My boys love to help in the kitchen so they always jump at the chance to try a new recipe or make an old classic. These banana oat muffins are a go to in our house because they are quick, easy, hearty and they don't crumble into a million tiny pieces which is a huge bonus(they make a great snack for the car).

First we gather up our ingredients and supplies - aprons, towels, mixing utensils, bowls, measuring cups and spoons. Once we have everything we need, the boys almost always ask to get up on the island. We have a stool that works well with one helper but it gets a bit tight when we are all cooking. Luckily the island is big enough that they can both sit and mix comfortably. 

We smash the bananas in between stolen tastes. This recipe calls for three but I grabbed an extra and we used it. The boys love smashing and mixing.  At first, the smashing is frustrating and the mixing sends ingredients through the air to meet the walls or cabinets. Both have taken time, practice and lots of messes to master.

They always taste test while we cook. You have to taste things a few times just to be sure. And then once more for good measure.

Everything gets mixed together in a big bowl. The boys do the measuring and I prompt them to adjust to make up for extra oats or too little yogurt (Uh oh, it looks too crumbly and dry. I wonder what we could add to make it more moist.)."

Now it's time to fill the muffin pan. First they get to choose which muffin liners (we generally have an array of leftover colors from parties and holidays) to use and place them in the tin. Most times we have a few double liners but we don't worry about that.

They spoon out the individual muffins trying to fill the entire tin. We make giant messes and stuff goes everywhere but that is part of the fun.  

Once they've emptied the bowl, it's time to put our muffins in the oven. Mama does this part until they are a bit older.

Waiting for the oven is one of the most exciting (thanks to the oven light) and hardest (waiting) parts of cooking. They normally hang out around the oven door watching at first and then go play until they hear the timer.

They each come back to the kitchen just to check on the muffins a few times.

The timer dings and is met with a 'hooray!'. Out of the oven and onto the cooling rack these muffins go.

They wait while the muffins cool but waiting is sometimes hard. Once they are cooled enough to touch, I throw on a slab of butter and they try one. They tell me what a good job they did, that these are 'nummy' and talk about what they want to add in next time - blueberries.

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas 

1/3 cup applesauce

2 cups oats

1/4 cup yogurt

1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons cinnamon 

Method

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Peel bananas, place in large mixing bowl and smash with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spoon mixture into lined muffin pan, filling to the top and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack. Makes 12 muffins.


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