Raspberry, Oat and Linseed Lunch-box Muffins

My little man started Kindy this week.  I have no idea where the time has gone, and I am feeling a tiny bit heart-broken that he is growing so quickly, but I’m also so excited for him.  He is turning into such an amazing little person.

Whatever my feelings around it though,  opening this new chapter brings a whole new set of challenges, including packing lunch-boxes!  We opted for a Yumbox Tapas to avoid the use of cling wrap and keep everything nice and fresh for him.  It’s nice and easy for his little fingers to open and close too.  We also decided to make some of these muffins to pop into the freezer in hope of being just a little more organised!

I made these with the help of a Thermomix, but any food processor/blender would do, and a pot on the stove;

What you need

1 cup milk

10 (pitted) medijool dates

1 2/3 Cups wholemeal spelt flour

3/4 C rolled oats

2 Tbls linseeds

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bi-carb soda

2 eggs

1/2 cup olive oil (mild tasting)

1 pot of Precious Belly Apple/Pear Puree (or 2 apples, cored and grated)

2/3 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh will do)

 

To whip them up

Line a muffin tin with paper cases

Put the milk and the dates into the thermomix and set at 90 degrees for 10 minutes to soften the dates (or simmer over the stove, stirring occasionally)

Once done, whiz the date mixture on 8 or 9 to form a puree, and set aside.

Whisk all of the dry ingredients together to combine.

Add the eggs and the olive oil to the date mixture and beat to combine.

Fold the wet and dry mixtures together until it is all mixed up but avoid over-mixing

Puree the raspberries by whizzing with 2 tbls of water on speed 8 or 9.

Add a spoonful of muffin mixture to the muffin tin, followed by a spoonful of raspberry puree, then top with another spoonful of the muffin mixture.  Twist a fork through the mixture to make sure the berry swirls all the way through the muffin when it’s cooked.

Bake at 190 for around 25 minutes (a skewer will come out clean once they’re done).

 

These freeze great so you can grab one out to place in the lunch-box in the morning, and they will be thawed by morning tea! Enjoy 🙂

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