These muffins are not only tasty but also good for your toddlers. Made with healthy ingredients, they are the ideal morning or afternoon breakfast for the whole family.
Cooking for toddlers is a big challenge. We all want our kids to eat healthy food but it seems so difficult! I always have the feeling that the healthier is the food, the lower is the chance a kid to like it…
My son in general eats well, so I consider myself very lucky in this aspect. Nevertheless he is quite picky and refuses to eat certain things, like pumpkin. For several weeks I have been trying to make him eat pumpkin puree but I didn’t manage to convince him. He just refuses it!
But as we all know, there is one thing that almost 100% of the toddlers like: bread. Having this in mind, I thought of hiding the pumpkin in bread (or in muffins in this case). And to make them even healthier and tastier I decided to add some more nice ingredients. That’s how I ended up baking these wonderful pumpkin, ricotta and quinoa muffins! Eventually my son ate them happily and his parents also enjoyed them very much.
These muffins are made with very little flour so they have an almost cheesecake-like texture. They are between savory and sweet: there is only a mild sweetness from the pumpkin and the added salt is very little in order to make them suitable for kids.
Pumpkin, ricotta and quinoa muffins
Ingredients (makes about 12 muffins):
100 g cooked quinoa
250 g ricotta
250 g pumpkin puree
120 g all-purpose flour
30 g oat bran
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
50 ml olive oil
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Grease well a muffin tin or line it with paper cups/ squares of baking paper.
In a bowl combine flour, oat bran, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In a mixing bowl beat together olive oil and eggs until foamy. Add pumpkin puree and ricotta and whisk until homogeneous. Add quinoa and flour mixture and stir until incorporated.
Spoon the dough into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup about two thirds full. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops become golden brown. Remove the muffins from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack.