Kids (and okay, many adults, too) enjoy eating their vegetables most when they’re carefully hidden in tasty treats.
We all know how to disguise vegetables in casseroles, lasagnas, soups and sauces, but what if you could sneak veggies into your breakfast and desserts?
Vegetable muffins make for a delicious breakfast or snack that picky eaters will keep coming back for. Try out these eight vegetable muffins on your pickiest eaters.
1. Zucchini Muffins
By far one of the most popular vegetable muffins out there, zucchini muffins have a subtle, refreshing flavour and a moist, fluffy texture.
Add in dried cranberries or other fruits for a sweeter take. If nuts are more your thing, those are easy to add as well. Just remember that nuts and fruit are harder to hide, so be sure your picky eater is on board for those, too. Get the recipe at Simply Recipes.
2. Corn Muffins
Essentially corn bread cooked in individual compartments instead of as a loaf, corn muffins are savory enough to serve with a meal. At the same time, the honey in these corn muffins give just enough sweetness that you might find the pickiest of eaters smearing them with jam for breakfast or Nutella for dessert. Get the recipe at The Food Network.
3. Pumpkin Spice Muffins
With or without the cream cheese frosting, these muffins are an attention-grabbing favourite of picky eaters and veggie-lovers alike. Using fresh pumpkin puree and the classic spices of autumn, this recipe is nutritious and absolutely bursting with flavor. You can even blend in a few other fall vegetables for a milder, but even more nutrient-dense recipe. Get the recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef.
4. Vegan, Gluten-Free Carrot Muffins
Dreaming of carrot cake? You’ll love these healthy little carrot treats that qualify as a nutrient-rich muffin.
The best part? They’re vegan, gluten-free and picky-eater proof! Light, fluffy, and moist, this recipe is top notch. Add nuts, for added crunch and flavour. Get the recipe at The Minimalist Baker.
5. Green Power Muffins
What can convince any kid to venture out of their comfort zone and try something new? Colour. Bright color. These green “monster muffins” should do the trick.
This recipe has spinach, lemon zest, oats, and nuts involved, so anyone who takes a taste will get their fill of nutrients, vitamins, fiber, and protein. The bright green flavour and light texture make these nature-loving muffins really appealing. Get the recipe from The Chic Life.
6. Fruit And Veggie Bites
Loaded with fruit and vegetables, these magical muffins are exciting, flavourful, and oh-so good for you. With flax and cereal mixed in too, these muffins are a great way to start your day off right. Get the recipe from The Food Network).
7. Paleo Veggie Omelette Muffins
Not at all traditional, this recipe is basically a paleo omelette served in a muffin cup. It’s jam-packed with ingredients that are super healthy, like eggs and vegetables, without any of the added carbs and sugar.
Since the recipe is really versatile, you can load these little muffin wannabes up with meat, cheese, and whatever else gets your picky eaters’ mouths watering. Bonus: these muffins are easy to save and reheat too! (Get the recipe from All Recipes).
8. Surprise Veggie Muffins
This recipe doesn’t even require you to pick one vegetable. You can just pick any vegetable puree you’d like and it fits the ingredient list. The recipe is designed to mask the vegetable so well that you can really choose any flavor and no picky eaters will even notice. Instead of providing flavor, the veggie puree works to keep the muffins soft and moist –just the way kids and (yes, okay, adults) like them! Get the recipe from Food.com.