What Henry Cooks: Healthy Valentine Muffins

February 20, 2009

By Mark Bishop, Deputy Director

This blog is part of our new Friday-morning series on the fun, healthy snacks that kids love.

It’s always a special treat when my two-year-old son Henry and I get to cook together. Last week we made a special (healthy-ish) Valentines’ treat for my wife.

My take-aways from the experience are:

  1. Beets do a great job of turning your frosting pink.
  2. A heart-shaped pan makes everything more festive. (The next morning I made heart-shaped spinach and eggs!)
  3. Healthy muffins are pretty good, but adding cream cheese frosting makes them even better.

Check out the video of Henry cooking:

The healthy muffin recipe we used is here, but the star of this muffin was the slightly pink frosting. The pink frosting that we made – free of artificial dyes! – included: 1 package of cream cheese, 4 Tbs of sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla and a small cube of a roasted beet (which, yes, I happened to find in my fridge at the time). Blend it all together and you’ll have a delicious pink cream cheese frosting, perfect for muffins or other Valentine treats.

Stay tuned for a future installment where Henry shows his love of beets!

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And if you are interested – some of spinach & egg hearts…