Carrots are packed with lots good healthy stuff and your child can transform them into something to enjoy for breakfast or after school. And, instead of shredding all those carrots, she can chop and steam, which makes them perfect for mashing and baking!
What You Do:
- Invite your child to start chopping the carrots by carefully using the paring knife. Using a knife is an important culinary skill, but does need adult supervision.
- Measure and add the 2 cups of carrots to a saucepan and cover with water and place over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Invite your child to keep checking the carrots by gently pressing the tip of the paring knife into a carrot chunk. Once they are tender, those carrots are ready to use!
- Carefully remove the carrots from heat and strain over the sink. Invite your child to place the carrots in a mixing bowl and use the masher to mash them up.
- Now your child can start adding the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl, starting with the butter, oil, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. She can give things a good mix using a spatula.
- Invite your child to preheat the oven to 375 F and then begin adding the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl. Once everything is mixed through, she can begin lining the muffin tin with liners and scooping the carrot muffin dough into the cups.
- Now she can place the muffins in the oven and bake for about 15-18 minutes. She’ll know they’re done by the amazing smell wafting from the oven!
Did You Know:
Carrots are the second most favorite vegetable after potatoes? They are also packed with vitamin B, potassium, and antioxidants.
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.