Fruit muffins rock!
Super quick to make, they're easy for little hands to bake as there's no hard labour creaming butter and sugar and they freeze well.
Most importantly - in our house - muffins are an amazing way to get fruit into a child who can't stand it whole.
There's zillions of different muffin recipes out there but my fave comes from the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
The recipe includes spelt flour ... I'm a big fan as it's low GI, gut friendly and super yummy.
If you can't find spelt locally you can get it on-line at e.g. Organic Wholesale Club.
You basically :
- Mix together in a large bowl 125g (half a cup) plain flour / 125g (half a cup) spelt flour with 3 tsp baking powder, 75g (third of a cup) caster sugar and any drice spices e.g. cinnamon
- Lightly beat together 1 egg, 125ml (4.3 fl oz) plain yoghurt, 125ml (4.3 fl oz) milk, 75 (third of a cup) of melted butter
- Mash, finely chop, grate or zest 200g (4 fifths of a cup) of fruit as appropriate
- Add fruit to the liquid and fold the liquid roughly into the dry mixture
- Add a spoonful of mixture to each muffin cup ... if you bake lots with your kids do check out the muffin molds in zillions of cute shapes at Wholeport ... oh go on mum don't be a meanie ;-)
- Cook at between 170 and 190c (depending on your oven) for 25-30 minutes
If your child is super fussy about fruit blend the fruit with the liquid to remove "bits". And if there's lots of seeds put the blended liquid through a sieve before adding to the dry ingredients.
Spelt flour isn't a must but gives a great texture and as it's low GI keeps children going through the most energetic adventures. If your child struggles with constipation, sneak in bran.
You could obviously use just about any fruit combo that you like - or you've got leftover - but fruit muffins are a great way forkids to enjoy seasonal gems. My daughter loves family trips to pick blackberries and the muffins ensure she gets to devour her share too!
The list below has 100 different ideas for fruit muffins. Can't wait to try out some new ones.
The gooseberry + rhubarb combos look delish and having discovered over Christmas unpicked wild crab apple and elderberries am massively excited about baking these next autumn.
If you've got your own fave muffin recipes do add them to the link-up at the bottom of the post
100 Fruit Muffin Ideas
- Apple - with carrot; cranberry; pumpkin; banana and cinnamon; oatmeal
- Apricot - with peanut butter; blueberry, raisin and cranberry
- Banana - with carrot; peanbut butter; prune; blueberry; oatmeal; raisin; cinnamon; peach
- Blackberry - with apple; lemon and thyme
- Bluberry - with coconut; lemon; lime; orange; coconut and honey; oatmeal; cream cheese; ground flax seed
- Crab apple with cinnamon; apple and raisin
- Cranberry - with orange; pumpkin; leftover cranberry sauce
- Date with orange
- Damson - with almond and cinnamon
- Elderberry - with apple
- Gooseberry with ginger
- Grapefruit and poppy seed
- Kiwi fruit and banana
- Lemon - with blackberry; coconut; cranberry; ginger; poppy seed
- Lime - with coconut; lemon
- Mango - with coconut; coconut and oat
- Mixed berries
- Orange - with sultana; apple
- Passion fruit
- Papaya - with coconut; banana
- Peach - with almond; bran; brown sugar
- Pear - with dried cherry; dried figs; ginger; hazelnut; honey; polenta; walnut; cinnamon
- Persimmon and cinnamon
- Pineapple - with bran; carrot; coconut; orange
- Plum - with ginger; poppy seed
- Raspberry - with lemon; orange; poppy seed; passion fruit; apple
- Red currant
- Rhubarb - with cinnamon and brown sugar; apple
- Strawberry - with banana; lemon; rhubarb; mango; orange
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