Cooking with the men has turn out to be one in every of my favourite ways to live busy interior. It is been a brutally bloodless wintry weather, so we've had masses of time inside the kitchen! On a mainly rainy, cold morning closing month our play date plans were given cancelled at the final minute. Being caught interior with three little men sent me scrambling to preserve anyone busy.

My mother-in-regulation and a few buddies have given the youngsters a diffusion of kid's cookbooks over the last yr, which Gibbs loves. He browses via the books, looks on the images, and comes up with all kinds of ideas for meals, snacks, and of course, cakes. A number of our favorite kids' cookbooks encompass Rachael Ray's Cooking Rocks! 30 Minute food for kids; Betty Crocker's children cook!; and children Cooking: a very barely Messy guide.

Maple and Spice Yogurt muffins

Considering the fact that getting youngsters into the kitchen is not handiest fantastic entertainment, but additionally a pleasant manner to introduce the kids to new substances, food, and flavors, I decided that i'd devote this week to a Cooking with youngsters series. I will percentage most of the recipes that the men revel in helping with (and they experience ingesting). With a bit of luck it will inspire you to get your children more involved at supper time as well!

On this rainy day, I had all of the elements handy to bake these Maple and Spice Yogurt desserts, that have been a number of the youngsters' favorites for the beyond few years. They're healthy, smooth, and attractive -- plus, they make your home odor delicious while they bake. We adore to apply the mini muffin pans, however you can also make these in standard length muffin cups. Some thing you (and your children) opt for!

Right here they're: my bored, annoying little sous chefs prepared for motion!

One process that the men can always deal with is setting the muffin cups into the tins. It keeps them busy even as I pull out the relaxation of the substances.

The children also like to use a ramification of spoons, spatulas, and measuring cups to combine the components. Once in a while I pre-degree all the elements before we start that allows you to preserve the method shifting alongside. If there are only some substances in a recipe,  however, i can have the boys help with that first step as well. It all relies upon on the age and interest span of your toddlers!

Whilst the huge boys sat at the counter and mixed the batter, baby Spence sat proper alongside them -- happy as a clam. So long as he is in his bouncy seat and can observe the action, he won't bitch!

And then, at the same time as the cakes baked for 10 mins, I sent the men outside to run round within the rain puddles for a few minutes. Sure, they came inner muddy and sopping wet, but that sparkling air turned into genuinely essential for our sanity!

And once they had some dry clothes on, the muffins had been cool and equipped for snack time (moist hair and all!):


Happy cooking (and ingesting)! And with the aid of the way, those freeze virtually properly. Wrap them tightly, keep them inside the freezer, and you could pull them out whenever you need a quick breakfast or snack!

 Prep Time20 mins

 cook Time10 mins

 total Time30 mins



¼ cup gentle bath butter or margarine unfold

½ cup natural maple syrup

1 6 oz.Container vanilla yogurt

½ cup nonfat simple Greek-fashion yogurt

1 huge egg

1 small apple grated

1 cup all-cause flour

1 cup complete wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1.5 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice

½ teaspoon floor clove

¼ teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 ranges F. Coat a mini muffin tin (or a regular muffin tin) with cooking spray or line with paper baking cups.

In a huge bowl, stir butter, maple syrup, yogurts, egg, and apple, breaking up the butter with a spoon.

Sprinkle the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and salt over the moist substances. Stir till just blended, being cautious not to overmix (batter can be lumpy).

Divide the batter a number of the muffin cups. Bake until the tops of the desserts are gently browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (approximately 10-15 mins for mini desserts or 20 minutes for large truffles).

Turn the desserts out on a rack to cool.

Wrap tightly and freeze if you would love to hold these cakes handy for brief breakfasts or snacks.