The Hunger Strike Muffins

April 6, 2016
What's with toddlers and only wanting to eat bread products?  This blogger's little man went on a hunger strike and she developed some tasty and healthy muffins in order to get her kid to eat his fruits and veggies!  Are you going through the same challenges?  Check out this recipe!

One year olds are crazy.  Ok, maybe they’re not all crazy but MY one year old is definitely crazy!  After Nate and I returned from our amazing vacation to Zihuatanejo, Mexico Caleb decided that he wanted to go on a hunger strike.  Seriously.  This kid would eat NOTHING except cheerios and bread.  I think he was paying us back for leaving him for a week.  Yes, he was spoiled by his grandparents for a week but he still wanted to pay us back.

As Caleb got grouchier and grouchier (of course he was grouchy, he was hungry!) I got stressed out and brainstormed what I could do to get him to actually decide to eat something.  Since we had carrots in our fridge I figured a healthy version of carrot cake would be just the thing!  I tweeted something about being the mom who was going to make carrot cake for her child to get him to eat his veggies and Tayler tweeted back suggesting two genius things…  First, that I make muffins instead.  And second, that I put berries in the muffins.

I have a muffin tin and I had frozen blackberries.  Check and check!

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Tayler also sent me the sweetest facebook message letting me know that her little man had gone through the same struggle.  Her pediatrician had told her that it was a proper developmental milestone for almost one and a half year olds as they’re learning autonomy.  As little ones realize that they have the power to say “no” (or grunt and have it mean “no” like my silly little man who’s still not talking) they say “no” to things they would normally really enjoy – like food.  They won’t let themselves starve but they’ll sure make their parents go crazy!

As soon as these puppies were out of the oven (and cooled down a bit, obviously) Caleb had the best time chowing down on them!  The toddler was happy because he was getting his bread and the mama was happy because he was getting fruits and veggies.  Win/win.

If you’re going through the same issues check out the recipe I created at the end of the post…  You’re welcome!

Got a little one who's refusing to eat anything other than carbs?  I've got the perfect solution - carrot blackberry muffins!Got a little one who's refusing to eat anything other than carbs?  I've got the perfect solution - carrot blackberry muffins!Got a little one who's refusing to eat anything other than carbs?  I've got the perfect solution - carrot blackberry muffins!Got a little one who's refusing to eat anything other than carbs?  I've got the perfect solution - carrot blackberry muffins!Got a little one who's refusing to eat anything other than carbs?  I've got the perfect solution - carrot blackberry muffins!Got a little one who's refusing to eat anything other than carbs?  I've got the perfect solution - carrot blackberry muffins!Got a little one who's refusing to eat anything other than carbs?  I've got the perfect solution - carrot blackberry muffins!
Healthy and Tasty Carrot Blackberry Applesauce Muffins


Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
3/4 Cup Shredded Carrots
1/2 Cup Chopped Frozen Blackberries

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tin with liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2.  In a medium sized bowl combine dry ingredients – Flour, Baking Soda, Ground Cinnamon, and Salt.
3.  In a large bowl beat together the Softened Butter, Honey, Egg, Vanilla Extract, and Applesauce on high speed.
4.  On medium speed add the flour mixture to the butter/applesauce mixture until combined
5.  Gently fold in the Carrots and Blackberries
6.  Put batter into the muffin tin and bake for 30-35 minutes.
7.  Enjoy!
Your Turn:
Ever experience a toddler hunger strike?  (Please tell me I’m not alone!)
Would you try these muffins?

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