Good for you Pepper, Pea Muffins

Glitterbug cooks pepper and pea muffins

Weekends always used to rush by before I had Sidekick now they’re over before they even begin. Well that’s how it feels.

Like every other parent out there I try to do as much as I can in the weekend to get ahead in the coming week.

Washing, cleaning, cooking.

Simple domestic things.

I also try and spend some quality time with Sidekick and Hubby. Otherwise I’d never see him!

I spend most of my weekend running from one task to another.

This weekend was a little different though. We actually went out and had a day in the sunshine.

We went for a walk and a picnic and where we went I was last there 9 months ago. I was heavily pregnant, 1 week to go and I waddled my way through a walk. This time I waddled carrying a 20lb baby!

I knew I needed to do some cooking ready for the week ahead but I didn’t have much time this weekend between one thing and another, so I smooshed a load of things together and hoped for the best. Turned out pretty okay considering.

These are pepper, pea muffins, and I think they’re okay. These quantities only made nine muffins so I think I need to tweak that a bit.

The reason why they’re good for you, well peas and peppers are veggies so good for you and the only fat comes from the olive oil which has numerous health benefits so that’s why I think they’re good for you.

What you need is:

  • 1 pepper, any colour I went with yellow but I think red might be nice
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 tsps of baking powder (heaped)
  • 1 tsp of xanthan gum (because I’m gluten free, leave out if you’re not)
  • 1 cup of milk (I used almond milk because of Sidekicks dairy issues, but you could use any milk, if you’re doing baby led weaning I’d use whole milk for the fat)
  • 3 tsps olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of chives (I think it’s about this but I’m not sure, I just snip a load and go with it)

This is what you do

  1. Pre heat oven to 180c and prepare your muffin tin
  2. Pour boiling water over your peas
  3. Chop your pepper – use a food processor if you have one it’s quicker if not just really dice up the pepper
  4. Put pepper, peas and chives in a bowl and stir until mixed up
  5. Next add the flour, baking powder and xanthan gum and stir until the veggies are coated
  6. Now add in the milk and give it a good stir
  7. Now add in the olive oil and stir again until all combined
  8. Spoon the mixture into your prepared muffin cases and cook for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clear

As I said above these muffins do not contain much fat. If you are using these for baby led weaning, you may be thinking you don’t need to worry about fat but you do.

We all need some fat to be healthy but there are good fats and bad fats, Bad fats i.e. saturated fats, found in things like cakes, sweets, fatty meats are not good for baby but good fats i.e. monounsaturated fats, found in olive oil, oily fish, nut butters, avocado are great for you and your baby. For more information about fats go to the NHS Live Well page.

So what do you think, any good? Let me know if you try the recipe, I always like to know if they work for anyone else.

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