Banana Chia Muffins

chia muffin

Have you tried chia seeds? They are not just for Chia Pets! Chia seeds are super healthy for you and can give your baked good some added extra nutrition. They also have Omega 3’s and fiber which will help you feel fuller for a bit longer as well as your hungry little ones.  The bonus is that you won’t even know they are even in there. I soaked the white chia seeds in yogurt overnight and added them into my batter. I also added a hefty portion of bran and wheat germ. The muffins came out super moist, sweet and hearty. I topped them off with a little bit of apple butter for some extra sweetness. My family did not even know they were in there. If you do like the look of the seeds, use the black chia seeds instead.

Kid Friendly Tips: Have your child add the seeds to their favorite type of plain or vanilla yogurt. Let them mash up the bananas and add it to the batter. Let them pick their favorite dried fruit to add to the batter. Emphasize the different actions and ingredients used in the recipe. Take pictures of the different steps to the recipe with your iphone or ipad and review it with your child.

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1 tablespoon of chia seeds (white or black)
3/4 cup of vanilla yogurt (I used Wallaby’s organic vanilla bean)

1/2 cup of unprocessed bran
1/2 cup of toasted wheat germ
3 mashed bananas (make sure they are super ripe with lots of black spots)

1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of all purpose white flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 eggs
4 tablespoons of packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of applesauce
2 tablespoons of canola oil
2 tablespoons of apple butter (you can substitute more applesauce if you don’t have apple butter)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 raisins (optional)

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1. Combine chia seeds and yogurt together. Leave in fridge overnight covered.

2. The next morning: In a bowl combine yogurt mixture with bran, bananas, and wheat germ. Let sit and soak while you get the other ingredients together.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour through salt.

4. In another separate bowl, combine eggs through vanilla extract.

5. Add flour mixture to bran mixture. Then finally add egg mixture to batter and mix until moistened.

6. Fold in raisins or any other dried fruit you like!

7. Pour batter into greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 for about 12-15 or until done. Yield 12-15 muffins or so.

8. Let cool and eat!
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chia muffin


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