A coworker and I delivered this program last Spring to a number of very appreciative families. We as facilitators learned a great deal too, and I kept thinking how much Makenna would love this program. So yesterday I did one of the recipes with her. The one I thought she would get the biggest kick out of: Orange Cranberry Muffins.
Simply cut the orange into peices. Leave the peel on.
Throw all the pieces into a blender. Peel still on. Add 1 1/2 cups of orange juice.
Blend it all up for 1-2 mins until it's nice and juicy. The kids get such a kick out of the blender, and of putting the whole orange in, peel and all. The parents were pretty intrigued too. I will admit, when we first did this, I was skeptical.
Add the egg right into the blender.
And the butter. Blend until smooth.
Add the dried cranberries. I use craisins.
1/2 cup of craisins. I recommend chopping them up finer than this. Cranberries have a strong taste to them and children (Some adults too) handle them better in small, chopped up doses). You could also use dried blueberries or a combination of dried berries.
Add these to the blender as well and blend briefly until combined.
In a seperate bowl mix the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir to moisten. Notice - no sign of the orange peel!
Fill muffin tins and cook at 400 degrees F for 15 mins.
Ta da! It's a fairly wet mix, so the muffins feel heavy or dense when they are cooked.
With the entire orange, the orange juice and the cranberries, these muffins are fairly healthy. They are great for breakfast, or a nutritious snack. I will admit I was surprised at how well they turned out and how good they taste. They are a lot of fun for kids to make.
1 1/2 cups oragne juice
1/2 cup soft margarine or butter
1/2 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Makes about 18 muffins.