Baby-Friendly Zucchini Muffins

No sugar, butter, or oil recipe

Baby-Friendly Zucchini Muffins

Are you stumped as to what to serve your baby for snacks. Especially stroller-friendly snacks you can pack to go! Jazz up the menu with these super simple, super healthy and super yummy muffins.  With no sugar, no butter and no oil they are perfect for baby (and mom too)!

Zucchini Muffins

(Use a mini-muffin tin to make them the perfect size for little hands)

2 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup orange juice (more or less as needed)
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 whole eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup wheat germ (optional)
1 Tbsp low sodium baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Prep: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease/spray mini muffin tin.

1. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add orange juice, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla; beat just until well mixed.
3. Fold in the zucchini and applesauce. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.
4. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 mins. Cool briefly in the pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

This recipe for Baby Friendly Zucchini Muffins was recently served at my son’s first birthday party and were a hit with babies and nutrition conscious mamas.


London moms will be connecting even more with soon-to-open momstown London! Our newest momstown mama, Jennifer Jones, is also mama to one of our younger momstown kids. With a just  turned one year old, Jen is always looking for great recipes to feed her new toddler.


Homemade Granola Bars

The perfect playdate snack

Homemade Granola Bars

Do you feed a kid when they come over for a playdate? Usually a snack needs to happen, but what do you feed them? Something healthy-ish and fun is a good call. It’s not a sugar-busting birthday party, just a fun play. Homemade Granola Bars fit the bill!

momstown Victoria and kids baked the "best ever" granola bars together during their Junior Chef program! These granola bars were so easy to make, and the kids loved helping out by measuring the ingredients and 'painting' oil onto the baking pan.

Regardless if you make these with your kids or not, they will love eating them and sharing them at a playdate!

Homemade Granola Bars

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, salt and raisins. Make a well in the centre and add vegetable oil, honey, egg and vanilla extract. Mix well using your hands and pat into the baking pan.

Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown. Cool 5 minutes and cut the bars while still warm. Do not let the bars cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.


Tips from momstown Victoria:

  • Don't rinse out the measuring cup between measuring the oil and the honey; the oil will help the honey slide out of the measuring cup.
  • Substitute dried cranberries and chocolate chips for the raisins.
  • Kids can help out by "painting" grease on the baking pan, "dumping" pre-measured ingredients, and "squooshing" all the ingredients together using their hands.



Easy Easter Chick Crafts

Just in time for Easter eggs!

Easy Easter Chick Crafts

Easter is looming and other than chocolate and the Easter Bunny there is one constant theme you will see on the Cadbury Easter Egg commericals, on Easter cards, in the plush stuffy aisle and—it's baby animals!

Soon, your preschooler  is going to ask where the chick is from this morning's scrambled eggs. Let's divert from answering that question and distract with a craft idea? Sound good?

The best way to craft with preschoolers and toddlers is to keep things easy and inexpensive. Using recycled products or things on hand make it a better experience than buying a pre-fab craft set.

Paper Plate Easter Chick

momstown Calgary created these simple chicks at their Easter parties last year, and kids of all ages enjoyed making their own chick. You can see how there was a variety in implementation which showcases their creativity and age ranges, we had chicks with 3 hands/wings, with no wings—art is supposed to individual right?

All you need is a paper plate, yellow paint, some orange construction paper. scissors/glue and googly eyes. Kids love the painting part, a plate is like an open canvas to them. Once dry glue all the other elements on.

Egg Carton Baby Chick

This picture of this Easter chick made out of egg cartons and cotton balls is at the top and is a favourite every year! Simply pre-cut the egg cartons into singles and paint them white. Once dry, fill with cotton balls and place/glue a yellow cotton ball on top as the "chick." Glue on googly eyes and a beard and voila! You have a Easter chick!

Thumbprint Baby Chick on Canvas

This is a cute picture to make with your Easter guests or in advance to give out as seasonal 'cards.' Baby chicks and paint are a big part of Easter!

Pick up a few small canvas boards (we buy ours 3 for $2, they are a terrific art supply to have for quite inexpensive) and invite your child to paint the background. Once background is dry, using their thumbs or index fingers dip into yellow paint. Each fingerprint is a chick. Once paint it all dry, use a black sharpie for the legs or orange for the beak.

Have a great Easter holiday!

Get hopping with even more ways to help you with your Easter entertaining, get crafty with your kids, and celebrate chocolate.