Please the little ones with a bite-size treat loaded with nourishing ingredients including hidden vegetables they won’t take a second glance at. These carrot and chia cupcakes provide your children with fibre, omega 3 healthy fats and iron as well as a little bit of happiness which all our little ones deserve. These cupcakes are the healthy treat they’ve been asking for.
Fibre is important when it comes to treats. Sweet foods with a high fibre content mean the sugar contained in them is digested more slowly and absorbed into the blood stream at the same pace. This is good for little ones to maintain their energy levels and reduce the peaks and dips that can often be caused by processed, sugary treats. The sweet flavour they want is still there but it’s better for them in the long run. The use of wholemeal self-raising flour combined with regular self-raising flour provides a mix of fibre as well as the chia seeds, carrot and dried fruits.
Getting good fats into little ones can be difficult as they don’t tend to enjoy the foods that contain them like oily fish and nuts and seeds. Sneaking them in to their foods means they don’t have to worry and you can ensure you are giving them the nutrition they need. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fats which provide building blocks for growing kids and their overall health including their brain and eye function.
Iron is another nutrient that is so important to your little one’s development. Iron helps create haemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell that delivers oxygen to all the organs in the body. This is process is particularly important during periods of growth and your little one’s demand for iron is higher. These cupcakes contain iron-rich ingredients including chia seeds, sultanas and wholemeal flour.
Carrots, the sneaky hidden vegetable, are also rich in beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that can help your little one’s eyes and vision as well as their immune system function. Honey and orange juice provide these cakes with a natural source of sweetness and the additional spices, zest and vanilla warm these cupcakes up to make them a tasty, softly sweet and moorish treat.
recipe originally created for Blackmores
makes 24 mini cupcakes
Cream Cheese Icing
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tbs honey
1 tsp vanilla
Chia seeds and orange zest to top
1 orange, zest and juice
1/3 cup (50g) mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins)
2 medium carrots (around 150g), peeled and grated
100ml olive oil or rapeseed oil
2 tbs honey or maple syrup
2/3 cup (85g) wholemeal self-raising flour
2/3 cup (85g) plain self-raising flour
3 heaped tbs chia seeds
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
a pinch of salt