This is a recipe I made up, based on my own 'healthy banana and blueberry muffins', that I make when I am trying to be good but have a cake craving, (this happens often.) Wilfred is a very sweet little person I know who would happily eat them all day long and has been known to wake from naps demanding 'CAKE!' (his name for them). They are pretty sturdy and little hand-sized so unlikely to crumble all over the carpet. Best of all is that they contain only good stuff and yet children seem to think they are naughty treats.
65g wholemeal flour
65g plain flour
2 tbsp maple syrup
a few chopped raisins or apricots
1 mashed banana, apple or pear
few blueberries if desired
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp olive oil
half teaspoon cinnamon
oats to sprinkle on top
- Preheat oven to 160C
- Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl with the chopped dried fruit. Mash the fruit with the oil, syrup and egg and add to the dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and ask small person to mix (don't overmix)
- Pour teaspoons of the mixture into mini muffin moulds (I don't bother to grease them as I find they tend to come out of the moulds easily but you can grease if you prefer.)
- Ask small person to sprinkle oats on top. (They will probably be quite over exuberant about this- see Wilf's artwork above, but the more oats the better!)
- Bake for 20 mins until golden brown.
- Eat! (Try to leave some for the small person.)