Nothing entices a child more than the lure of a high-fiber muffin, and the promise of regular bowel movements. In a perfect world, the preceding sentence would be true, but unfortunately children aren't overly concerned with keeping their colon cleansed and their digestive system regular. Trick your kids into actually eating a high-fiber muffin by including some of their favorite fruits in the recipe.
1. Sweetest Corn Muffins
Corn might be the only vegetable your child actually consumes, so why not take advantage of this fact and present his favorite in muffin form? To create a simple, high-fiber corn muffin, combine whole wheat flour, a slightly-whipped egg, cornmeal, skim milk, butter, salt and a little sugar. You can use a sugar substitute to cut down on any unwanted post-muffin rush of energy. Combine all the ingredients before helping your tot fill up a favorite muffin tin. Slide the muffins into a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven and bake until golden. If your kids aren't wild about the taste, slip a little cinnamon into the next batch to add a kick of flavor. A little low-salt butter also helps make the muffin a little more appetizing.
2. Kid-Friendly Bran Muffins
You might associate bran muffins with that rock-hard lump of baked dough you force yourself to eat every morning in an effort to stay regular. Believe it or not, there is a way to transform those nasty bran muffins into a high-fiber treat the whole family will devour. This recipe calls for a mixture of bran flakes, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and a little applesauce to help make the muffin a little less dense. Combine the ingredients before adding your child's favorite dried fruit, including bananas, apples, strawberries or even raisins. Bake in a lined muffin tin until golden brown.
3. Cinnamon Apple Muffins
There's just something about the simple combination of apples and cinnamon that makes your mouth water, or at least provides a healthier alternative to that chocolate cake you really want to eat. Start by dicing your child's favorite variety of apple and combine it with some light brown sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, eggs and milk. Add the cinnamon thoughtfully...because a little bit goes a long way. Bake the muffins at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown, which can take anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes. Remove the muffins and allow them to cool before serving. Customize this simple recipe by adding raisins, pecans, walnuts or some chunks of dehydrated apple.
4. Raisin and Oatmeal Muffins
If your tots are a fan of the perennial favorite oatmeal and raisins, this is the high-fiber recipe for them. To create a quick, high-fiber breakfast treat, combine quick-cooking oats, milk, eggs, brown sugar, whole wheat flour, baking soda, a touch of salt and cinnamon. Stir the ingredients together before allowing your kids to dump as many raisins in the bowl as they can handle. Bake the muffins at 375 degrees for around 15 to 20 minutes and enjoy them with your kids.
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