My daughter turned a year old yesterday.
I’m not really sure how it happened.
She had my Lemon, Brown Sugar, and Olive Oil Cupcakes frosted with whipped cream for her birthday cake, with fresh berries. And oh my did she love it!
But after yesterday’s indulgences (way too much pizza – thanks Grandpa! – and cake), I thought it would be good to have something quite healthy for breakfast. Well, sort of healthy. Healthy-ish?
You see, she’s been on a bread kick. She loves anything baked. Takes after me, I suppose. She used to be the kid who would sit down and plow through a plate of sauteed spinach or kale, no problem. But lately… She’s getting into the toddler years (she started walking in earnest 5 weeks ago) and starting some toddler pickiness.
So this morning I made eggs. And served them with avocado. And berries (which she scarfed; kiddo loves her fruit too!). And these.
Oh my. These.
They are nothing short of delicious. You must know I like “healthy” (and don’t need things to be quite sweet). But even if you are a little less ready to try “healthy” food, do give these muffins a try. They really are extremely tasty, and have a lot of great nutrients inside!
Kale Carrot Applesauce Spice Muffins
Adapted heavily from 365 Days of Kale
- 1 1/2 cups fresh raw kale
- 1 large carrot (you could really even use two)
- 1/2 cup plain (full-fat) European-style or Greek yogurt (more protein this way!)
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/3 cup brown sugar or honey
- 2 tbsp good oil (I used olive)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup white flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (honestly you could probably use all whole wheat but I didn’t want them heavy)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp clove
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
In the food processor, finely chop kale and carrot. I added the yogurt and applesauce and just blended the whole thing up together until it was all the texture of applesauce.
Put Kale mixture in a large bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients (egg, sugar/honey, oil, and extracts). Mix well.
In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients (flours, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices).
Carefully mix the dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Scoop into lined muffin cups. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a light touch on the top of the muffin meets resistance. Makes about 16 regular-sized muffins.
These don’t have a lot of fat in them, so they WILL stick to the liners. It’s ok – they’re still delicious. 😉