Super simple, healthy and delicious! Add nuts or seeds for older children, and dried fruit for added sweetness and texture.
100g self-raising flour (gluten-free if needed)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp maple syrup
120ml olive oil / coconut oil
1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-assisted), gas mark 6.
2. Whisk the eggs with the maple syrup, cinnamon and olive oil (or gently melted coconut oil). Grate the apples and stir into the egg mixture. Then fold in the self-raising flour with a metal spoon.
3. Spoon into greaseproof muffin tins, and bake for approximately 20 minutes, until golden and cooked in the centre. Stick a knife in the centre of a muffin to check they are cooked - it should come out clean.
No parent deliberately feeds their children food they think is bad for them, but we're all busy and sometimes it's hard to serve up meals that are completely free of junk. But from April 28, a campaign will be launched to challenge us to do everything we can to cook with fresh, natural ingredients – and to challenge the food industry to remove the hidden nasties that lurk in our kids food.
The 'No Junk Challlenge' organised by Organix, which produces organic toddler and baby food, is calling on the government and food industry to address the artificial additives and to remove the high quantities of added salt, fat and sugar content in foods targeted at children. Sounds good!
If you want to get involved, from 28 April to 4 May, you can pledge to feed your family using real ingredients and to try to avoid foods with artificial colourings and flavourings, or foods high in added salt, fat and sugar. The campaign is supported by Holly Bell (finalist in series two of the 2011 Great British Bake Off and blogger 'Recipes from a Normal Mum') and the Crumbs Sisters (creators of the popular 'Crumbs' Blog). River Cottage and Leon will also be contributing recipes during the week of the challenge.
Parents will be able to take part in fun activities to explore what is in children's food, help expose some of the junk, and share their own healthy and delicious recipes to cook simple meals with natural ingredients.
If you'd like to get involved and sign the pledge go to Organix.com/nojunk or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NoJunk.