Today was my son’s sports day and the school in their infinite wisdom *cough* had a sale of artifiicially coloured donuts to match the team colours. This is a dilemma. We’d like our son to fit in and enjoy his team sport colour but no, we won’t say yes to him having artificial colours draped over something that has no value as food. Actually, the donut doesn’t worry me as much as the coloured icing. Our kids honestly do not need coal tar and petrochemicals into their bodies, especially when it’s sold as ‘fun’ or ‘cool’. We can do better.
Why can’t a school do fruit skewers that is team colours? Or just do normal snacks like crackers and carrot and hummus, but have them on coloured plates? Or homemade banana cakes would be a thousand times better than iced mass produced donuts.
I found a recipe for cinnamon scroll muffins with pumpkin in them and Dave got up and made them this morning which I then iced with natural blue for sports day! These muffins are awesome. There is no sugar in them. Nothing artificial. Can be egg and gluten and dairy free. And, they have the added bonus of pumpkin, which my kids won’t eat! It’s easy to play with this recipe. And I swear, they taste great.
This is our version:
1 cup wholemeal flour (or GF all purpose flour)
1 cup brown rice flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 T chia seeds in water (to form gel) (or 1 egg)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (pre-steamed and mashed)
1 mashed banana
1 cup soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 stevia measuring spoons of stevia
Preheat oven to 180deg C. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.
Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix wet ingredients (incl chia seed gel).
Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until thoroughly moistened. Do not beat or overmix. Spoon about 1 heaping tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup.
Bake for 20ish minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes before serving.
And here is the blue version (ruined a sugar free muffin with icing sugar, doh! But happy with that as a sports day substitute):