Teaching Kids to Cook – II

Hey Guys!

After my testament last Friday, I can happily say that my beloved Bobcats won! Celebration, lets have a celebration!  To celebrate, I recommend cooking up some tasty treats and bringing along your favorite kid for the ride.

This is the second recipe in my Teaching Kids to Cook Series.  If you haven’t seen the introductory post and the first recipe you can find them here and here.

Let’s be honest, one of my biggest kitchen fears is baking.  It really has never been my forte mostly because I like throwing things together and being a bit more spontaneous in my cooking (a complete 180 from how I live my life!).   Take these cookies for example.

Flat, burnt, and an absolute disaster.  Just one of my many baking blunders.

But, baking is good for many reasons.

  1. Often times the recipe are quick.
  2. There is no technique required (other than using measuring spoons)
  3. Ingredients are usually on hand.
  4. Limited cooking “tools” needed

All of those things also sound like the perfect combination to help kids learn how to cook too.  Kids can learn how to measure using cups, spoons, and liquid measures, baking is quick getting delicious results instantaneously, and because of the simple techniques that are used, kids can (depending on their age) follow the recipe from start to finish.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, “But baking is bad for you”.  Oh no.  No, it is not.  There are so many delicious baked goods that are good for you.  And I am here to prove it!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

MAKES: 12 muffins

TIME: 30 minutes

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 egg whites

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 very ripe banana, smashed

1/3 cup applesauce

1/2 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl help the child to combine flours, baking soda, baking power, pie seasoning, salt, and oatmeal.
  2. In a smaller bowl help the child combine brown sugar, egg whites, pumpkin, banana, and applesauce and mix well.
  3. Have your kiddo add the wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Add chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
  4. The kiddo can then scoop batter into muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes.

These muffins are healthy and delicious and are a great way to introduce kids to the use of measuring cups!  Along side a glass of milk and hard boiled egg this would make a delicious breakfast!

A small disclaimer… the original recipe calls for 2/3 cup of milk.  While I had all intentions of adding the milk (it is even in the first picture), I completely forgot!  A true testament to my baking struggles…  These still turned out great but feel free to add the milk for a less dense muffin.

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