Introducing your little one to the joy of cooking is not just about making delicious treats – it’s a fantastic opportunity for bonding, learning, and creating beautiful memories together. If you’ve ever wondered how to navigate the kitchen with your toddler, you’re in for a treat! In this blog, we’ll explore the magical world of cooking with toddlers, using our delightful Blueberry Muffins as a shining example.
Top Tips for a Toddler-Friendly Kitchen Adventure:
1. Plan Ahead:
Choose a simple recipe like our Blueberry Muffins. Set aside plenty of time for your culinary journey, as toddlers thrive when they’re not rushed. The joy lies in the process, not the destination.
2. Toddler-Friendly Tools:
Safety is key, so opt for kid-safe kitchen tools and let your toddler have their own mini apron and utensils – it’s their kitchen kingdom too! Check out our baking boxes to help with this!
3. Mess Is Okay:
Expect a bit of mess – it’s all part of the fun and learning process. Aprons and wipes are your best friends! Check out our family aprons that can be personalised! This mess transforms into cherished memories and shared laughter.
4. Engage Their Senses:
Let your toddler touch, smell, and explore ingredients. Our Blueberry Muffin recipe calls for blueberries – let them experience the purple blueberries smell, colour and juicy texture.
Cooking is a team effort! Involve your toddler in age-appropriate tasks like pouring, stirring, and sprinkling – making them feel like a superstar chef. Each contribution fuels their confidence and helps them realize the magic they can create. For these muffins the adult can measure out all the ingredients and hand them to the toddler for them to add to the bowl and mix. Show them first what to do and then do together with lots of encouragement and praise.
Kitchen Fun with Blueberry Muffins:
For our kitchen adventure, we chose the classic Blueberry Muffins. As we mixed the ingredients and filled the muffin cups, my little helper Hannah was engaged, curious, and -eager to be a part of the process. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Blueberry Oat Muffins
- 1 egg
- 1 cup/130 grams Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup/45grams honey
- 1/4 cup/30mls milk
- 1 cup/130grams oats
- 3/4 cup/95grams plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup/130grams blueberries
- Measure out all the ingredients.
- Put cases in a muffin tray or set silicone muffin tray mould out.
- Crack egg & then add yoghurt, honey & milk. Whisk together well.
- In a separate bowl add oats, baking powder, cinnamon & bicarb of soda & sieve flour in then add blueberries.
- Add the liquid mixture in and mix well.
- Put the mixture in a muffin tray you can use an ice cream scoop to do this!
- Get your kids to help out!
- Put in oven & bake at 170c fan oven for 20-25 minutes or until cooked.
- Leave to cool.
- Serve & enjoy!
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Cooking with your toddler is a beautiful way to nurture their curiosity and set the stage for a positive relationship with food. So, tie those apron strings and let the fun begin!
Written by Dr Kirsty Porter, Children’s Dietitian.