Toddler vs. Vegetables: Nut Muffins

Another muffin! I promise I won’t just post muffin recipes but you can see other muffin recipes here:

This recipe was inspired by the oat muffins that we make often. It’s just a little twist! The base for this recipe is nuts instead of oats! I understand that many people are afraid of giving their child nuts due to allergies, but I have always been on the side of giving allergens early to hopefully avoid allergies rather than avoiding them. We introduced eggs, peanut butter, dairy early on. This is totally up to each family and how they feel, as well as, their family health history. If I had a nut allergy, I might have felt differently! I also probably wouldn’t have nuts on hand all the time.

I noticed that most of Evie’s regular snacks are extremely carb or processed food heavy like goldfish, cheerios, animal crackers, etc. Now, I am not against carbs by any means but I strive to provide her with a balanced diet, same as I do myself! If I eat bread or pasta for one meal I try to not eat it for another that day. It’s all about balance. Some people avoid carbs for weight but please do not think that has anything to do with my decision to somewhat limit them for Evie.

As you might be able to tell from my lack of strict recipe following, I’m a little bit of an experimentalist in the kitchen. Who knows why I try what I do except that I just have something on hand and it needs to be used. In this case, I had a lot of pecans in our freezer from my grandparent’s yard.

I love my little Ninja food processor so I threw a bunch of pecans in it and pulverized them – basically, I made my own coarse pecan flour. From there I added many of the same ingredients that are in my oat muffins (sometimes even oats themselves). Here is the basic recipe:

  1. Put pecans, chopped raw carrots, and cut apple into a food processor and grind 
  2. Add an egg
  3. Mix
  4. Put into muffin pan
  5. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes

Like most of my recipes you can add or sub whatever you have in your kitchen! I’ve added oats and flour to this recipe. I’ve yet to try it with different vegetables or fruit but I’m sure there are several great options worth trying. If you try a great version and it works well please let me know so we can add it to our repertoire!

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