I have realized that my girls will eat pretty much anything if it is presented in a "fancy" way. Like these Valentine Berry Swirl Muffins - I found some cute Valentine muffin cups and toppers and my girls now want to make muffins (or pancakes!) every week. Madilyn already has muffin plans for St. Patrick's Day and Easter!
For me, muffins are a great way to have an easy, healthy, and tasty breakfast ready to go on busy school mornings. I would love to be that mom who gets up early and makes everyone eggs on weekdays but I am not that kind of mama. I stay up late working so I sleep in as long as I can! Therefore, muffins are my jam. Get creative - you can add all kinds of healthy foods to this recipe - coconut, nuts, flaxseed, even chopped carrots!
My girls will eat burgers full of chopped kale as long as I call them Green Monster Burgers and baked eggs in avocados if I call them Monster Eyes. We like to have fun with food in our house and for some reason we have a "Monster" theme going - to tell you the truth, I really don't know why. Yet, with Valentine's Day, I thought we would go with the more traditional pink and hearts as our inspiration. We found these cute muffin cups and toppers online - and they are totally affordable.
- 2 ripe bananas, peeled
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ bag mixed berries, chopped into small chunks
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F. Chop about a ⅓ bag of mixed berries, still frozen. In a high speed blender, add the bananas, eggs, ½ of the oats, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Add the rest of the oats, chia seeds and the chopped fruit. Using a spoon, stir these added ingredients in. Don't blend. You want the fruit to kinda swirl within the muffin mix.
- Move to lined muffin tin. You can fill pretty much all the way up. These muffins are dense are don't rise much. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Let cool. Spread with pink fruity jam like strawberry or raspberry!
Sometimes, I will up the protein and add a couple tablespoons of peanut butter or sunflower seed butter (Juliana is allergic to tree nuts so no almond butter for her!).
Here are my top 5 favorite Valentine baking supplies:
India Tree natural food coloring - If you would want your muffins to have a deeper pink color, add some food coloring - natural, of course. I am not a fan of artificial food coloring in food. A deep pink color could be a special treat for your kiddos!
Wilton baking cups - I like to have a bunch of these in my baking cabinet just in case the girls want to get creative in the kitchen! Stock up.
Valentine Heart Mold - I love this mold to use for cornbread or even homemade gelatins!
Cupcake/Muffin Toppers - I love to get creative with these. These gold hearts are so adorable!
Vitamix blender - I don't know what I would do without my Vitamix. I use it everyday. It stays on my counter all the time. I use it to make muffins, pancake mix, smoothies and even soups! It is by far my most used kitchen gadget. Have your love get you one for Valentine's Day! Skip that box of chocolates and jewelry.
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