The other day the little ones were being a little bit... troublesome. It is summer and schedules are looser and young ones can find all sorts of trouble. So I decided to make some of our favorite treats from the cookbook Real Life Paleo by Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry )aka the awesome couple behind Paleo Parents).
Chunky Monkey Muffins (recipe is free on their site, just click the link! YUM!) are a HUGE hit around here and the little ones can help make them. So Theo, Sofia, and I broke out our ingredients and got to work. Of course, all the pictures of Sofia are a huge blur. *sigh*
The recipe is really simple, you put a lot of ingredients into your food processor, I have a Ninja Mega Kitchen System, which I highly recommend, especially since I have to double the recipe! Once everything is mixed and yummy, spoon them into your lined muffin tins. You could let your little one do one or two, unless you have more patience than I do and then let them do it all.
The topping is simple crushed walnuts and chocolate chips, we like to pulverize the walnuts. It reminds me more of a strudel topping. You can have one kid spoon the topping on and the other to gently push it down, so it doesn't all fall off while baking!
They don't take long to bake either, which is a huge plus during summer! This is also a great option for afternoon tea when the school year starts again, since it is sweetened completely with dates and bananas. Once they are done baking and cooling (another great lesson in patience for you and your child) they are ready to eat.
Trust me there was huge excitement in the house!
And in case you were wondering, I got to have a couple too! These are super yummy and addictive.
One of the great things about this cookbook, is a lot of the recipes can be adapted if you have certain allergies or health issues which make it so you cannot eat certain foods. For example, Chunky Monkey Muffins are egg free and can be adapted to make them nut free too.
Some other great cookbooks by Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry: