Amanda’s Mother’s Day Recipe: “Hidden Veggie” Breakfast Muffins

Amanda's Mother's Day Recipe: 'Hidden Veggie' Breakfast Muffins
By Amanda Jones

This is a healthy choice for the conscious Mom in your life. I started making this recipe as a way to get more veggies into both mine and my family's diets on the go. My 4-year-old gets sick of his morning smoothies (let's face it, so do I) so I like to mix it up by serving these "chocolate muffins" for breakfast - that's what my son calls them, but they don't have that much chocolate in them. They are actually hidden-veggie muffins with a banana-bread base that just happen to have chocolate chips, too. Sometimes I change up the "veggie" from pumpkin puree to zucchini. With the chocolate chips and natural sweetness of the banana, these are absolutely kid-approved, even for picky preschoolers!

• 1 cup organic Pumpkin Puree (or you can substitute a cup of shredded zucchini as your veggie)
• 2-3 mashed organic Bananas
• 1 stick organic Butter, melted
• 2 organic Eggs
• 1/2 cup Honey
• 1 tsp Vanilla
• 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
• 2 cups organic Whole Wheat Flour or Einkorn (ancient grain) Flour
• 1 tsp Baking Soda
• 1/4 tsp Salt
• up to a cup of dark chocolate chips
1- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a tray of muffins with paper liners.
2- In a large bowl mix pumpkin, mashed bananas, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth.
3- In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
4- Slowly stir in dry ingredients into wet ingredients until well blended. Add the chocolate chips last, if you choose.
5- Pour batter into muffin cups. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. You'll have enough to make a few trays of muffins.
6- Take muffins out of pan and let cool individually on wire rack. Store in airtight container.
Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Yield: about 15 muffins

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