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Love Muffins

05/12/2014

Belle

Love Muffins

I have been working on this recipe for a few weeks now and feel like it is just now at a point that I can share it with the public. The first few rounds were Sabine approved, but were not going to win any bake sale awards. Today’s batch, however, looks like muffin, tastes like muffin and is 100% baby and Mama approved!

Sabine enjoys a muffin each morning and I bring them along when we are out-and-about for the day. They are portable, nutrient dense and sugar-free, so I feel good about her eating them. They are also cheap and easy to make each week. For my Love Muffins I use breast milk, but you could use formula or whatever milk you have your baby/toddler on.

Love Muffins

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or flour of your choice)
1 cup Happy Bellies organic cereal of choice (I use oatmeal)
1 TBS ground flaxseed
1 TBS baking powder
4 pinches salt
3/4 cup breast milk, whole milk or formula
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup organic sunflower oil (or oil of your choice)
2 large eggs

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix your dry ingredients well in a large bowl. Mix the wet in another bowl. Pour the wet into dry and gently stir for 20 seconds or less. The key to fluffy muffins is in minimal stirring! Oil a muffin tin well. I have found it is best to actually take a paper towel and saturate it with oil and then rub each tin otherwise these guys stick like crazy. Bake for 15 minutes or until fork inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes and then carefully remove and let cool the rest of the way. I bag two of them at a time in a “snack sized” zipper baggie and put them in the freezer. I pull a bag out every-other-day and let it sit on the counter so we have easy snacks on demand!

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  1. Elizabeth #
    May 12, 2014

    This is all kinds of awesome! I have a freezer full of breastmilk and I’m gonna make these tonight! Thank you.

  2. May 12, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m excited to try them once Skittle has moved on to eating more than a small handful of fruits and veggies. Odd question for you…do you find it strange to eat homemade items that contain your breastmilk? My hubby thinks it’s really weird and refuses to eat anything if I tell him it has my milk in it, but I don’t mind it at all! I think I’m just being resourceful. 🙂

    • May 12, 2014

      I do not find it strange, actually. I am sort of happy to eat a muffin that does not have soy milk in it, actually! I’m allergic to dairy so I’m used to non-traditional milks. My milk just seems so much more natural. I won’t sit down with a cold glass of it to dunk a cookie in, though 🙂

      • May 12, 2014

        Oh, and the Professor absolutely will not eat anything with breast milk. Totally weirded out by it.

  3. May 12, 2014

    I thought you couldnt heat breast milk else it will destroy the nutrients. This is a godsend post for me. One question, I have milk in thr freezer that my son refuses because I have a high lipase content in my milk. Can I cook using that milk?

    • May 12, 2014

      I don’t know about how nutrients hold up when you cook with breast milk. I would assume it would be about the same as cooking with regular milk – no antibodies and stuff. Sabine is not eating dairy yet (partially due to a bad reaction and partially because I am dairy-free and really don’t like what is in our country’s cow milk) so baking with breast milk just makes sense. I think the lipase will be just fine. It’s really a very small amount of milk used in the muffins. You might also try making a smoothie with your lipase milk – milk, frozen fruit blended up thin enough that baby can slurp it through a straw cup.

  4. May 12, 2014

    We’re still on purées, but I’m filing this away for when this boy is ready for more food!

    • May 12, 2014

      It’s a winner over here! Sabine is pretty picky, too. 🙂

  5. veetamia #
    May 13, 2014

    Makes me want to take out the pump! But will try them with lactose free milk instead. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Shelley #
    May 13, 2014

    These sound awesome! Might have to whip up a batch for my love muffin sometime soon!

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