Baking with Babies

Hi everyone!  A sudden change to our plans!  We are heading out of town today (for a week) to visit relatives!  This means I won’t be using an activity plan this week to blog about.  Instead, I’ll just choose to blog about some impromptu activities we do!

Today’s post is about an activity we did on the weekend.  Baking!!  Fun…and messy (especially if you’re trying to take pics at the same time)!  I found this recipe on a yogurt container and since I needed to use up the yogurt in the fridge, I thought we’d give it a try.  Plus it’s a healthier muffin recipe which I thought would be more suitable for the babies (however it does have honey, so just be careful with that –  I think honey isn’t recommended until after the age of one?)

I can easily list several skills practiced through a simple baking activity like this (you see there really is learning EVERYWHERE):

  • Language (vocabulary)
  • Creativity (creation of food)
  • Fine Motor (pouring)
  • Gross Motor (mixing)
  • Emotional (confidence, independence)
  • Social (co-operation)
  • Cognitive (following instructions, discovery, exploration, observation)

plus there is a sensory learning aspect too (touching, smelling & tasting ingredients)

So here goes!!!

Honey Strawberry Yogurt Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Combine 1 cup of bran cereal (we used corn flakes) with 1 1/3 cups of French vanilla yogurt – let stand five minutes.  
  3. Add one egg, 1/2 cup of honey, 1 cup of skim milk, 1/2 cup of margarine (melted)

My favourite part was adding the honey because they would dip their fingers in, then lick them and say “sticky”

4.In a separate bowl combine 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour (I used 2 1/2 cups of all purpose) 1.5 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda

5. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined, then fold in 1.5 cups of strawberries – fresh or frozen (we used a frozen berry blend we have on hand)

6.  Fill muffin tins and bake for 25-30 minutes.  (I did let the babies fill a couple muffin tins but I couldn’t take a picture at the same time)

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

7. Find something to do while the muffins cook because Mommy said, “we have to wait now”.  They didn’t like the sound of that but I put on a timer and told them to listen for it because that is when we can get the food out of the oven.

8. The timer went of and they were SOOOOO excited!  We ran to the oven and when I took out the muffins they looked at each other and could barely contain their amazement!  What happened in there?  This is the first time that they have been involved in cooking from the very beginning to the very end.  I could see in their eyes that they made some important connections (about what “cooking” is and what the oven does and starting with one thing to create something different).  Of course I can’t say exactly what they understood about cooking but as a teacher and parent you can see when “the wheels are turning” and when “the penny drops”. 

Milk in hands, ready to taste our creations!

Milk in hands, ready to taste our creations!


Truth be told, I found this recipe to be pretty good; especially with a bit of melted butter!

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One thought on “Baking with Babies

  1. Yummy yum!!! What a fun one! I always thought the baby stage was my favorite but your blog makes me really look forward to Aaron growing up juuuuust a little 😉

    He likes to sit in the high chair and sniff all the ingredients. Our favorite is dried mint leaves, while vanilla makes us cringe!

    You’re almost heeeeeere!!!!!

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