I accidentally blinked and Meghan went from this:
My tiny, swaddled newborn became a little girl who started preschool today. She was excited to start school. Absent was any misgiving about leaving Mommy or tears brought on by separation anxiety.
At least from Meghan.
I am pregnant, you know. As if I need an excuse for getting emotional about sending my baby girl to school.
I thought it would be fun to start a first-day-of-school tradition of making a special breakfast. Last night Meghan requested muffins, so I put muffins on the menu. With some ripe bananas on hand, I decided on a banana muffin. I made them extra special by adding in chocolate chips. Every kid needs to get treated to chocolate chips for breakfast once in a while.
The chocolate just added to her first-day-of-school excitement.
I have a feeling she’s going to be asking for these muffins again soon. The good news is, even with the chocolate chips, these are a healthy muffin. They’re made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with the bananas and agave nectar. I used apple sauce instead of oil, just to keep the calories in check for me and Tim. 😉
Now the rest of the muffins will be eaten as dessert over the next few days. Can’t go wrong with a muffin that doubles as dessert!Print
First Day of School Muffins
A tasty make ahead grab and go breakfast
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 12 muffins 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or try 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all purpose flour)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cup mashed banana (3 medium/large bananas, mashed with a fork)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup apple sauce (unsweetened, preferably)
- 1/3 cup agave nectar (you can also try honey or maple syrup if you don’t have agave nectar)
- 1/2–1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil and flour twelve muffin tins, or line with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, egg, apple sauce, and agave nectar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Stir in up to one cup of chocolate chips.
- Drop the batter into the muffin tins to almost the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick or paring knife comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
- Serving Size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 228
- Sugar: 12.75g
- Sodium: 248mg
- Fat: 3.8g
- Carbohydrates: 46g
- Protein: 4.5g
Keywords: healthy muffins
These were a perfect way for Meghan to start her morning. She could hardly contain her excitement before we left for school.
Someday I’ll look back at these pictures and say, “Where did the time go?” just like I’m doing today. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy every moment with my little girl and the fun of starting new traditions like the one we started today.
Question: Do you have any first-day-of-school traditions with your children? Or did you have any growing up?