Kids Cook: Trail Mix Muffins

Kids Cook: Trail Mix Muffin Recipe |

Welcome to another day in our life where kids cook. Our kids love creating food and you will often hear them throwing out menu ideas, recipe ideas, and yes, even attempting to stage my photos for me. I decided to let them have a go at it, so here is my 11 year old to share where the idea for Trail Mix Muffins came from. Yes, the photos are by him with no editing or advice by me.


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I got the idea for trail mix muffins when I was thinking about what to have for breakfast. Muffins came to mind, and of all a sudden “Trail Mix Muffins” came to my head. I thought “What would a trail mix muffin have?” I decided to add chocolate chips and oats, and top it off with marshmallows, pretzels, cinnamon (I love cinnamon), and sunflower seeds.

They would have tasted really good if I had actually put sunflower seeds in it. I accidently put in wheat berries instead, but they were still really good. I don’t know why I didn’t think of adding raisins. I hope you like the idea as much as me.


Mother’s note: They tasted fine with wheat berries. They were just a bit too crunchy.

Trail Mix Muffins
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Serves: 12
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • Rolled oats
  • Mini pretzels
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Lightly beat egg, then add milk, butter, and egg to flour mixture.
  4. Stir in until all ingredients are just moistened.
  5. Mix in sunflower seeds and chocolate chips.
  6. Grease or put liners in muffin tin.
  7. Fill each tin approximately ⅔ full.
  8. Lightly push 4 marshmallows into top of each muffin.
  9. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon rolled oats on top.
  10. Press a mini pretzel into center of muffin.
  11. Bake 18-20 minutes, until muffin top springs back when gently pressed or toothpick comes out dry.

Kids Cook: Trail Mix Muffins |


Heather McCurdy writes at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, where she provides easy, affordable recipes for busy families, allowing women to embrace the budget and spend more time with their families without the guilt of needing perfection.

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