Cranberry & Eggnog Christmas Muffins

Cranberry & Eggnog Christmas Muffins

Fresh Cranberry & Eggnog Christmas Muffins

 

Ho ho ho! Christmas is just around the corner and we are all SO excited here at Wean Meister HQ. We know that Christmas can sometimes be a hectic time, the kids need entertaining, presents need wrapping, the house needs cleaning and EVERYONE needs feeding!

This Christmas muffins recipe is the perfect solution to a speedy but festive breakfast that you can make the night before, and zap in the microwave in the mornings to warm up for the kiddies. You can also eat them cold! They’re a lifesaver if you are heading off somewhere early and need brekkie on the go, or if you just have a million and one things to do in the morning – because snack slave does not need to be one of them!!

christmas muffins

Top tips!

If you don’t want to use walnuts in this recipe or if you want to make it as a dessert, try replacing them with choccie chips instead. And if you don’t like eggnog, try using regular buttermilk.

Don’t forget that our freezer pod trays are oven proof so you can use them as your muffin trays, which means you don’t need to faff around with muffin papers! Our trays make the perfect sized muffins and are so easy to clean because of the flexible high grade silicone. For this recipe you’ll need to use two trays, or reduce your quantities to fit the mixture into one.

Make sure you don’t over mix your batter! Stop mixing once the dry and wet ingredients are well incorporated, otherwise your muffins might be tough! And don’t forget to preheat your oven before you put the batter in as this helps it rise.

 

We hope you enjoy your Christmas Muffins!

 

Serves: 20 (use 2 of your freezer pod trays)

Prep Time: 10 m

Cook Time: 15 m

 

Ingredients
  • 2 cup, chopped – cranberries, raw
  • 1/2 cup – sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 1 1/2 cup – flour, whole wheat
  • 1/2 cup – honey
  • 1 tablespoon – baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon – nutmeg
  • 2 large – egg
  • 1 1/2 cup – eggnog
  • 2/3 cup – coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup – walnuts, chopped

 

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (190 celcius) and get your freezer pod trays ready for action! If you don’t have any, line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chopped cranberries and sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl add all other ingredients and stir just until combined. NOTE: Make sure your eggs are room temperature and your coconut oil is melted.
  4. Add sugared cranberries and gently fold in.
  5. Fill the freezer pod tray or liners full and then bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean. Serve warm or cool – or reheat them another day in the microwave!

Christmas muffins ingredients

christmas muffins - baking

Thanks to the lovely people at Super Healthy Kids for the recipe inspiration!

30 Lunchbox Ideas for Kids

30 Lunchbox Ideas for Kids

30 Lunchbox Ideas for the Kids

 

Providing our kiddies with nutritious, delicious food to help them grow and thrive is at the top of everyone’s priority lists these days. With 101 other things to do each week, we’ve decided to ease your load and help you out with 30 lunchbox ideas to inspire you in the kitchen and keep your little ones happy and healthy. And the best news? None of them are sandwiches!! They say variety is the spice of life and I’m sure our kids feel the same.

 

Lunchbox ideas

What’s even better is that every one of the lunchbox ideas below can be perfectly stored, refrigerated, heated or transported in our super durable and convenient Adorabowls and Mini Adorabowls! Check them out below! 

AdorabowlsThese ideas (and our adorabowls) aren’t just for kids. Treat yourself and try sprucing up your own lunchbox too… Enjoy!

  1. Green beans, broad beans, tuna and new potato salad
  2. Hummus and grated carrot roll up wraps
  3. Homemade sweet potato crisps with paprika
  4. Natural yoghurt with mixed berries
  5. Homemade guacamole with veggie sticks
  6. Baked Apple and cinnamon crisps
  7. Chocolate drizzled popcorn
  8. Granola, honey, yoghurt and melon pots
  9. Sweet potato and chickpea soup
  10. BLT pasta salad
  11. Ploughmans lunch pot
  12. Rainbow rice paper rolls
  13. Hawaiian tortilla roll ups with pineapple and ham
  14. Peanut butter and oat energy balls
  15. Turkey slice, apple and cheese pockets
  16. Taco salad with black beans, brown rice, salsa and cheese
  17. Ham and cheese omelette rolls
  18. Soft baked cinnamon chickpeas
  19. Edamame beans with soy sauce and rice
  20. Hard boiled eggs with ham and mayo
  21. Meatballs and marinara sauce
  22. Apple raisin oatmeal
  23. Pesto pasta with cherry tomatoes and chicken
  24. Green frittata
  25. Veggie falafels, yoghurt and cucumber
  26. Pita wedges and hummus
  27. Smoked salmon and cream cheese roll ups
  28. Choco dipped tangerines and strawberries
  29. Zucchini muffins
  30. Sushi rolls

 

Adorabowl lunchbox ideas

Me Time for Mums: Achieving The Impossible!

Me Time for Mums: Achieving The Impossible!

Mums often put everyone else in the family ahead of themselves on the to-do list of life. Most of us feel like we just don’t have time to do the things that we enjoy, the things that make us feel human again and the idea of “me time” can be a pretty mythical and farfetched concept!

Not only is it okay to prioritise yourself – it’s essential! Unless you take breaks to recharge your batteries and refill your cup, you may find yourself burning out. Don’t think of it as self-indulgent, think of it as self-preservation!

So many of us haven’t had ‘me time’ for so long, we’re not actually sure what to do with ourselves once we do! So we’ve put together 8 Mama ‘me time’ ideas and some tips on how to actually stick to them!

    1. Unplug – Ignore your phone, don’t respond to texts or answer calls, and definitely don’t check your emails!
    2. Reconnect – Get in touch with an old friend, have a totally uninterrupted phone conversation, or even take your Mum out for lunch. She probably needs a break too!
    3. Less screen time – Although it’s tempting to flop onto the couch and scroll through social media or watch mindless TV, this won’t have you feeling refreshed or revitalised. Switch it off and find something that doesn’t involve a screen like listening to music, drawing or writing, meditating, or best of all… having a nap. 
    4. Pamper yourself – Whether it’s a mani-pedi, getting a haircut, having a bath, or kicking back at home with a face-mask on – pampering yourself is one of the best ways to make you feel like a new woman!!
    5. Exercise – Even if you feel exhausted, moving your body is a great way to get those endorphins pumping. If going to the gym for a workout isn’t your thing, try some yoga at home or go for a walk to stretch your legs.
    6. Read – Grab a magazine and actually read it cover to cover, or pick up that book that has been gathering dust on your bedside table for months. 
    7. Plan it out – Mark your time in big letters on your family calendar or set reminders on your phone. Buddy up with another Mum and swap babysitting time so you can help each other out. Wake up 15 minutes earlier each day to factor it into your routine – or tell hubby (or the in-laws) that it’s their turn to look after the kids! However you do it, set your time aside and stick to it!
    8. Create your own ideas! – Take 10 minutes to write down a list of things you’ve been longing to do, or things you really miss about your lifestyle pre-motherhood! Challenge yourself to do at least 2 of those activities each week and tick them off as you do it.  

 

It may seem like an impossible task – who will fold the laundry?! – but try and find at LEAST one hour each week for some me time. It will make you a happier, healthier and better mum, wife and friend.  

Healthy Muffin Recipes for the Whole Family

Healthy Muffin Recipes for the Whole Family

Healthy Muffin Recipes for the Whole Family

With Winter fast approaching and the cold nights firmly setting in, there’s nothing better than an afternoon baking with the kiddies to keep them entertained (and well fed!). Gone are the days we used to gorge on Grandma’s fairy cakes that were packed with sugar and naughties, as there is so much more awareness on what we should and shouldn’t be feeding our children these days. So we decided to bring you 3 super healthy, super easy recipes for yummy and *dare we say it* healthy muffins! There’s two words we never thought we’d see together!

Top tip: you can use your Freezer Pod moulds to bake all of these healthy muffin recipes as they are oven proof up to 240 degrees! That means no more searching high and low for your baking tin, no greaseproof paper or cake papers needed, the muffins pop out of the silicone with no fuss and the moulds can be cleaned easy peasy. You can also use our spatulas to help you with your mixing! Enjoy!

Freezer pod muffins

Banana, berry and yoghurt breakfast muffins (serves 12)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour (you could also use wholemeal or spelt flour)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup natural or greek style low fat yoghurt
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds optional
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda

Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and stir well
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix eggs, honey, olive oil, yoghurt and vanilla
  4. Add egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well
  5. Add mashed banana and berries and gently fold through (it’s ok if the mixture is a little lumpy)
  6. Spoon mixture into your Freezer Pod tray or a greased muffin tray
  7. Place in the oven and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes
  8. Test that they are fully cooked by gently inserting a skewer into one of the muffins before removing from the oven

Banana muffins

Easy Zucchini Muffins (serves 12)

  • 1 ½ cups zucchini grated, 375g
  • 1 carrot grated, 80g
  • 125 g tinned corn
  • 1 Onion finely diced, 90g
  • 100 g thinly sliced leg ham chopped
  • 1 cup wholemeal self raising flour 170g
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup grated cheese 130g

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Cook the onion in a non stick fry pan. Allow to cool.
  3. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  4. Divide the mixture between the 12 holes of your Freezer Pod tray or a greased muffin tray
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until muffins are golden and a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Great served hot or cold.

Healthy Chunky Chocolate Muffins (serves 12)

Ingredients

  • 3 medium bananas
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 8 oz – Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup – almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup – honey
  • 1 tsp – vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup – wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup – cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 1/2 cup – chocolate chips, dark

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, add bananas and mash well.  Add eggs, greek yogurt, milk, honey, and vanilla. Stir well.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients and chocolate chips to the wet mixture; stir just until combined. Avoid over mixing.
  5. Fill your Freezer Pod tray or greased muffin tins evenly and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Choc muffins

Choc muffins

Thanks to the wonderful ladies at Healthy Mummy and Super Healthy Kids for the healthy muffin recipe inspiration:

https://www.healthymummy.com/recipe/easy-breakfast-muffins/

https://www.healthymummy.com/recipe/easy-zucchini-muffins/

https://www.superhealthykids.com/chunky-monkey-muffins/