Time for another easy muffin recipe. Banana Avocado Muffins are a favourite in my house. My daughter is in a cooperative nursery school and we all take turns doing snack, it usually works out to once or twice a month, but to accommodate allergies it has to be nut-free and dairy-free, so I have to be creative sometimes to come up with a snack for 15 kids that still accommodates this. This is one of my go-to muffin recipes. Super easy to make, my kids love to help me, and the kids at school eat it. Plus *shhhh don’t tell them* its not all that bad for them and they are eating healthy things like avocado too!Need a #healthysnack? Try these easy to make muffins! Click To Tweet
How to make Banana Avocado Muffins
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1-2 ripe avocados
- ½ c of coconut oil or butter softened or melted
- 1 egg
- ½ c sugar
- 1½ c flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ c chocolate chips (or other filling if dairy-free) *OPTIONAL*
- Preheat oven to 350 and get kids to put muffin liners in the muffin tin while you get out the ingredients. Grease muffin liners if using.
- Combine bananas and avocado in mixer and blend together thoroughly until there are no lumps. Add in coconut oil/butter and egg then blend it up. While that is mixing get kids to help you combine the rest of the dry ingredients in another bowl except the filling. Blend it up and then add to the wet ingredients. Mix that up again and then add ½ c of your favourite filling (we used mini chocolate chips) if you want. You can also leave it as is.
- Spoon the mixture into your muffin tin (maybe without kids help!) and bake for 20 minutes in a big muffin tin or closer to 15 minutes in a mini muffin tin!
Getting kids involved in the kitchen
Personally, I am a big fan of getting kids to help you when you do things in the kitchen, especially baking. My daughter at three-and-a-half is very good at helping, I tell her to measure out half a cup of coconut oil and she can do it unaided. But my son at not-quite-two needs a lot more guidance. He can help peel the bananas, break eggs (on the table when you aren’t looking!), and practice his scooping and pouring with the flour. I have not baked with my son in over a month and I was amazed how good he was, he had no problem sticking out the silicone muffin wrappers in the tin, for the first time ever on his own.
When you bake with your kids regularly it is surprising how their skills develop, you see what areas they are learning in and where they need more help and guidance, my kids surprise me each time at what they can do un-aided. Yes it is more work, yes it is messier than doing it alone, BUT look at it like an activity you do with your kids. Carve the time out to spend with them (when you can) and teach them about measuring, numbers, counting (we need three cups of flour, lets count as we put them in), and ingredients. They learn so much and take such pride in helping! You can be sure daughter will be proudly telling her class today how she helped to make them!Get your kids in the kitchen! Teach them to bake, a learning activity & fun Click To Tweet
Life lessons learned
A hard lesson in baking, patience, one my son has not mastered yet. He wants to eat the muffins NOW, not in 20 minutes, and cries as he waits, getting him to watch through the door helps, but this is a hard lesson that is good for him to learn now too!
What is your favourite way to involve your kids in baking?