Sunday, April 5, 2009

Rainbow Cakes

Ok, not really a cake, but a very delicious and COLORFUL muffin! These muffins are chocked full of antioxidants, omega 3's and B vitamins. Because I have days where I struggle to get enough fruits and veggies into my son, I try to create recipes that include lots of nutrition into a small, child sized package. These muffins succeed in every way! I like to make my muffins in little cupcake liners and call them cupcakes to increase their appeal. Serve them for breakfast or at snack time with a glass of milk and you have something the kids(and hubby) will gobble up while you sit back smiling about your secret weapon! Mission Accomplished.

Rainbow Cakes
1/4 C. Canola Oil
1/2 C. brown sugar(packed)
1 egg
3/4 C. applesauce
1 C. grated carrot
1 C. grated zucchini
1 C. whole wheat flour
1/2 C. all purpose flour
1/4 C. wheat germ
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
pinch of cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1/2 C. dried cherries, no sugar added(or you can use raisins)

Preheat oven to 400. Spray your muffin pan with non stick cooking spray or line with cupcake liners(you may still want to spray lighty). Combine dry ingredients and walnuts in a bowl. In another bowl lightly beat egg with sugar. Add in remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix to just combine. Fill cupcake wells evenly. Bake for 18-20 min or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins.

Tip: After muffins completely cool, wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag in freezer. These don't take long to thaw, so double the batch and keep some on hand for playdates and busy school mornings.

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