What Henry Cooks: Healthy Valentine Muffins
February 20, 2009 | Written By: Healthy Schools Campaign
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:
- Beets do a great job of turning your frosting pink.
- A heart-shaped pan makes everything more festive. (The next morning I made heart-shaped spinach and eggs!)
- 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!