This post was written by Erin Palinski-Wade
In my house, it’s all about the superheroes. From Batman to Captain Underpants and everyone in between, my 3 year old can’t get enough. So I have decided to embrace his love for all things superhero and use it to my advantage. Enter these Spiderman Beet Muffins.
A superhero on your plate can put an end to meal time battles
Do you have vegetable battles in your house? We have them here as well. Fruit is never a problem. In fact, I often have to beg my little one to eat something besides fruit. Vegetables on the other hand are another story. However, if they are incorporated into a recipe or combined with a food he already loves, then he is very willing to try them. That’s why I decided to make this toddler vegetable muffin using Spiderman as our inspiration.
If you saw my post on the Green Veggie Ninja Turtle Muffins, you can see that this veggie muffin strategy works pretty well. To make Spiderman, I had to figure out how to make him red (without using dyes). So beets were my answer! Once Joey realized the beets would give Spiderman his deep red color, he couldn’t wait to make these muffins. We combined the beets with every red food we had in the house (strawberries, raspberries, and cherries) for a delicious combination that looked almost like a red velvet cupcake. After the muffins cooled, we simply decorated them with melted chocolate (another selling point for any kid!) and we were ready to eat like a superhero.
What superhero do you think would encourage your family to try a new vegetable the most?
- 1 cup beets canned and drained
- 2 large strawberries fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 4 large cherries fresh or frozen
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar or syrup
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1. In a food processor, blend together the beets, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, banana, yogurt, oil, vanilla, and egg. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Pour liquid ingredients into dry and mix to create batter. Mix in one half of dark chocolate chips. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).
Allow muffins to cool.
Melt remaining dark chocolate and white chocolate separately in bowls (or pastry bag). Once melted, decorate the muffins with a dark chocolate spider web and white chocolate eyes to create your Spiderman look.
Once chocolate has hardened, serve or store remaining muffins for up to 1 week in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts Per Muffin: 112 calories, 19 g CHO, 3 g FAT, 3 g PRO, 15 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 2 g fiber