My kids love raisin bread. Max, who is all of 18 months old, wakes up every morning and goes straight to the pantry, grabs the bag of raisin bread and brings it to me. Lately this ritual has been accompanied by lots of sounds that may or may not be his attempt to say “open”. I oblige him and hand over a piece, and he makes me smile by saying his version of thank you. It sounds a little bit like “doo-dooo”. And that usually sends Sophie into fits of giggles. What is it about a five year old’s brain that automatically triggers hysterics whenever they hear something resembling a bodily function, anyway?
This has been our morning routine for months now, and while their fixation on raisin bread is probably the lesser of most convenience foods evils, I can’t help but think that we can do better. I’ve made all sorts of healthy muffins and breads for them (like these amazingly good blueberry muffins, and these savory sausage cheese muffins). They would eat them for a morning, maybe two, and then go back to begging for raisin bread. I didn’t complain too much, since I got to eat all those tasty muffins. Then it finally occurred to me to make a healthy muffin that tasted like that raisin bread. Bingo – they love them, and I feel good about getting something with a little more nutritional punch in them before heading out the door.
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