What You Need:
- 3 brown ripe bananas
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash of salt
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- Additional ingredients such as rasins, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc. (optional)
- Muffin tin liners
- Muffin baking tray
- 2 mixing bowls
- Wooden spoon
- Potato masher
What You Do:
- Start by pre-cooking the quinoa. Help your child fill a small saucepan with 2 cups water and add 1 cup dry quinoa. Once the water boils, the quinoa takes about 20 minutes to cook.
- While the quinoa is cooking, have her line a muffin tray with muffin liners and pre-heat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
- Once the quinoa is finished cooking, give it a gentle stir then set it aside to cool.
- Next, help your child measure and combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in one mixing bowl.
- In the other mixing bowl, combine the bananas, yogurt, vegetable oil, vanilla, and egg. Have her use the potato masher to mash up the ingredients and mix them into a batter.
- Once the wet ingredients are mixed, add in 1 cup of the cooled quinoa, then slowly add in the dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until everything is mixed together.
- Brainstorm other ingredients that your child might enjoy adding to her muffins, such as raisins, nuts, dried fruit, or mini chocolate chips! She can add ¼ cup of her special ingredient to the mix and gently stir.
- Next, help her put spoonfuls of the batter into the muffin-lined pan, filling about ¾ full, and bake for 12 minutes.
- After 12 minutes are up, help her check the muffins by placing a toothpick in the center. If the toothpick comes out dry, the muffins are ready. If it's sticky with dough, the muffins can cook up to an additional 5 minutes.
After they cool, settle down for a tasty snack, perfect for sharing with family and friends!