I’m not sure if I told you, I make snacks for my son’s hockey team every weekend. We have thirteen 7 year old boys on the team and about 10 siblings. Every weekend I ask my son “what should I make for snack this week? He ALWAYS says “the muffins!!! PLEEEEEASE make the muffins!” And it’s funny, because I love to cook and be creative and make fun, cute food for them.
Below a few of the things I’ve made for them in the past:
Despite the fact they loved the cute, pretty snacks, they ALWAYS ask for muffins! In fact, one day, after a practice, one of the boys was sad because there were no muffins until the game on Saturday!
I LOVE making these muffins because they give me the opportunity of making a yummy, baked “treats” that are full of things that are good for them! I always consider the composition of the food and the fact that the pre (or post) game snack should have a carb:protein ratio of about 4:1. I make banana, pumpkin, blueberry muffins with this recipe. I’ve added zucchini to them. I like the boys to have these when we have less that 2 hours and they don’t have time to eat a larger meal, but they are always looking for the after game so I make sure to make enough for both! The muffins below are particularly versatile, and I encourage you to experiment and create your own masterpieces!
Pre (or Post) Game Banana Mini Muffins
½ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup raw honey
2 eggs (or 3 ounces of unsweetened applesauce)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup plain greek yogurt
3 mashed over ripe bananas*
½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews), optional
*May use 1 ½ cups pumpkin puree or blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare muffin or mini muffin pan with cupcake liner or spray with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, stir together the melted coconut oil and honey.
- Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix well.
- Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
- Mix in flour mixture into coconut oil/honey mixture until smooth.
- Fold in greek yogurt, mashed bananas (or anything else) and nuts, if using.
- Spoon mixture into prepared muffin/mini muffin pans, fill 2/3 full.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes for regular sized muffins and 10-15 minutes for mini muffins or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Hope you team enjoys these as much as our does! Feel free to share and let me know of new creations!