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Kami’s Rival Virtuous Muffins

It’s muffins at dawn between Franny and Kami…

kami's virtuous muffins

“I do healthy muffins too, both my two (3yo and 8mo) love ’em…

Basic recipe

– 2 cups plain flour with 2 tsp baking powder [1 cup plain flour, 1 cup
wholemeal flour if you like] – or self raising flour, perhaps with a little baking
– 1 cup oats (whole or oatmeal)
– 1 cup milk
– 1/4 cup butter [mild olive oil]
– 1/4-1/2 cup sugar [honey]
– 2 eggs

With a spoon or blender, mix the wet stuff, then add the dry stuff (I sift
the flour in with a sieve) and mix again. Bake for 20-25 min (test at 20).
Makes 12 big muffins.

The recipe can be halved to make 12 small ‘cupcakes’. On it’s own, the recipe isn’t very sweet, so I always add loads (4+) of big overripe bananas, roughly mashed or blended – also makes a yummy banana bread in a loaf tin (around 45 min). I also replace a little milk with creme fraiche for banana bread. The bananas make the texture nice and moist, like a pudding. Then do what you want with fruit, e.g. blueberries, apples, chopped dates, grated carrot, ground nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla – anything you can think of!

The other day I replaced some of the olive oil with peanut butter, but not for babies obviously. I think the honey is OK for babies because it is baked at a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria (but just use sugar if you’d rather. Sugar in the form of fructose, so lower GI, is available at Sainsburys).”


PS This post was amended because there was perhaps the teensiest error re the baking powder, see below for comments.

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8 Responses to “Kami’s Rival Virtuous Muffins”

  1. april says:

    I just made this recipe and it turned out great! I used whole wheat flour and added grated carrots and zucchini, cinnamon and a few dashes of vanilla. I wanted something with veggies and not too sweet for my 10-month old son, and this was perfect! Easy and inexpensive to make. Thanks so much!

  2. Emily says:

    Just made these for a playdate – big muffins for the mums and wee muffins for the toddlers. Used wholewheat flour, a ripe banana and a couple of chopped apples. Yummy. My daughter was a bit sceptical and preferred to reduce her muffin to a zillion crumbs, but her chum loved them.

  3. Sal says:

    8 teaspoons of baking powder? Does that not strip away all the virtue? Is it a typo?

    • Aitch says:

      It does seem a lot, but the alternative is offered to use self-raising flour (which is what people use in the UK) and perhaps an extra bit of baking powder (like Nigella does)…

      • Emily says:

        Sal has a fair point. We don’t get self-raising flour here in Germany, so I went by the recipe and they did taste a tad too strongly of baking powder (even The Husband commented on this). I plan to follow the packet instructions for baking powder the next time, as the muffins were otherwise really tasty.

  4. mildrisa blaire says:

    Babies under 1 can’t have honey, it’s bad for their gut, and alternative is maple syrup. And that must be a typo 8 spoonfuls of baking powder is way to much!:)

    • Aitch says:

      It must be, yes. Bugger. I wonder what it was, in the UK we just use self-raising flour for these sorts of things, which has the raising agent in it already? What would people tend to add to all-purpose flour, can anyone help? Re the honey, it’s because of the risk of botulism, isn’t it?

  5. Aitch says:

    Okay, so have canvassed opinion and we are going to change the recipe a bit, thanks. :D