Homemade Sugar Free Blueberry Muffin Bites
My teeny, tiny babies are growing up so fast! Luke and Julia are crawling full speed, opening cabinets, pilfering the diaper stash, and eating everything in sight! I will write more about their activities in the upcoming days, but today I want to focus on their eating.
There are so many fillers out there that are considered ‘finger foods’. You have Cheerios, puffs, cheese puffs, wagon wheels, bread, and a whole assortment of Gerber snacks. I started to look at the ingredients in these snacks/’finger foods’ and realized I could make a homemade snack that was tastier and healthier, for a fraction of the cost.
I tried several recipes for how to make homemade puffs and was really disappointed. If you have ever tried to make them, you would probably agree. The puffs I made from the recipes were tasty if you added sugar, but they didn’t puff up of melt in your mouth (I am going to be working on my own puff recipe this week). I started playing around with some ingredients to see what healthy treat I could whip up and when I was done, I had made homemade sugar free blueberry muffin bites!
The blueberry muffin bites are organic and sugar and butter free! They are DELICIOUS and remind me of the blueberry muffins I would make with my grandmother ever summer in New Hampshire. Luke and Julia gobbled them up! Matt was even popping a few handfuls in his mouth.
Play Doh Confetti Tool (Purchase at Toys R Us, Amazon, or I have even heard Five Below)
2 1/2 TBSP Organic Blueberry Purée
2 TBSP Vanilla Extract
2 TBSP Water
1 TBSP Organic Coconut Oil
1 TSP Baking Powder
2 Egg Yolks
1 1/2 Cups Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain Multi-Grain Cereal
STEP ONE: Purée your organic blueberries in a blender or food processor. I used my Hamilton Beach Food Processor. Do not add water to purée. It will in the blueberries out.
STEP TWO: Mix 2 egg yolks with either a whisk or blender. By mixing this way, you allow more air to get into the egg yolk and in the end add air and fluff to your blueberry muffin bites.
STEP THREE: Mix all your ingredients (except for the coconut oil) together with a whisk. Then use your hands to form the dough into a ball. It should have a Play Doh consistency. If you added too much water, just add in a bit more cereal.
STEP FOUR: Rub 1 TBSP of coconut oil on the baking sheet to prevent the bites from sticking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
STEP FIVE: Fill the Play Doh Confetti Maker with your homemade dough and crank away! You can buy the Play Doh Super Tools at Toys R Us for $10. I had a store credit so it was basically free for me. It comes with three tools and three mini Play Dohs that you could give to your older kids to play with.
The confetti maker will produce dough balls and shapes. If you find you are cranking out long caterpillar shaped dough, you have added too much liquid. I experienced this myself. I just put the long strand back into the dough and added a bit more cereal. If it is truly a Play Doh consistency, you will crank out little bite size pieces just by turning the crank.
*If the dough in the bowl starts to dry, run water over your fingers and then run your fingers over the surface of the dough ball, but do not work the water into the dough. By doing this, you will make it easier to load the dough in the confetti maker without making it too moist.*
STEP SIX: Bake the muffin bites for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. When they are done, take them out and let them cool on the tray for about 5 minutes before putting them into a ziplock bag. They will stay moist and fresh for 3-5 days.
I would love to hear how they turned out for you! Leave a comment below.