I love back to school. I love it for many, many reasons, but mostly I love the routine of school. Sweet, sweet blessed routine!
Getting ready for school is also fun…the kids are excited, I’M excited and I do love the prep that goes into getting everything ready and organized so when we kick our kids’ butts out the door, we know they’re ready.
I also love hearing my Mama friends fret about what to put in lunches for afternoon snacks, because I always, ALWAYS have the solution! Go me!
Enter my Healthy Mighty Muffins. These muffins are super easy to make, they’re gluten and dairy-free and they are YUMMY! Even better, you can mix in any add-in ingredients you want to cater to your own family’s taste buds!
1 cup almond butter
12 dates, softened*
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chia seeds
Add-ins (choose as many or as few as you like, mix & match, the world is your oyster!)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pepita seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds
1/2 cup any dried fruit (I always look for dried fruit sweetened with juice to avoid added sugar)
1/2 cup berries
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Whatever the heck else you want to throw in there!!
I usually choose 3-4 add-ins for my family, but we like really loaded and “busy” muffins.
Preheat oven to 350F
Throw the first 7 ingredients into a food processor and blend until the dates are mixed through.
Stir in chia seeds and any add-ins you choose
Bake for 15-18 minutes
These store in the fridge for about 5 days, or even better, throw them in the freezer and put one into your kid’s lunches. They’re thawed and ready to eat for afternoon snack and you KNOW they’re eating something that will help them finish their day strong!
*Note: To soften dates put them in a microwave safe bowl, cover them with water and microwave for 50-55 seconds on medium power.