When it comes to getting kids to eat healthier, it’s all about the names and the way you present things. I find that they eat with their eyes and ears first…then they might commit to the food going in their mouth if what they have seen and heard convinces them enough. So why name these banana yoghurt muffins when really they are banana smoothie cupcakes? See what I did there? Cupcakes is no much more appealing than muffins. And banana smoothie turned into a cupcake? Well, that’s Mr Wonka magic!
Using up ripe bananas is not just because you want to reduce waste- bananas become super sweet when they are at that point and are even better for including in things like cupcakes etc. I love it because the kids always want me to buy bananas, then the second they start to develop brown dots on the outside…they suddenly are unwanted. And in the middle of summer they change so quickly!
Bananas are a kid favourite and they are also high in natural carbohydrates, vitamin B6 and potassium – all things that we need to function well. Who knew that such a humble fruit could be so awesome? They are also low GI, so perfect for sweetening these cupcakes!
Now why are they called banana smoothie cupcakes? Well our favourite part of banana smoothies is apparently the nutmeg, the kids love the flavour it gives. We also pop in some yoghurt and some cinnamon for good measure and let the vanilla paste add to the sweetness of the banana to create awesomeness.
These are great in the lunchbox, freeze well and are delicious un-iced. Don’t just take my word for it, the kids have gobbled all of these! As always, try to use a good quality greek or natural yoghurt- or try making your own! And if you need more ideas for using up spotty bananas, check out these date and banana muffins or these weetbix 4 ingredient cookies!