SCD Banana Muffins [almond flour]

Heat oven to 350, and prepare 2 muffin tins (24 count) with greased paper liners (yes, greased).
Place in food processor:

2-3 very ripe bananas
4 cups almond flour (almond meal from Trader Joe’s works too, but is just a little more crumbly)
2 tsp. soda
3/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves

Process until bananas are incorporated, then add:

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
4 large eggs
1/2 cup honey (can go up to 3/4 cup if you want sweeter)

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Don’t over-blend.

Ladle into greased muffin papers. Bake for about 20 minutes in 350 degree oven, or until beginning to brown, but firm in middle. Remove to wire racks. Allow to cool (ha, ha) before serving with butter. Yum!

Variations: zucchini is a great substitute for bananas in summertime when they are so plentiful. Add some cinnamon for flavor and 1 TB. coconut flour for texture/firmness. You may need to bake these in a slightly cooler oven for a little longer as the zucchini add more moisture to the batter.

Egg On His Face: Baby’s First Food

I’m introducing solids to my 7 month old baby this week. He has had nothing but breastmilk to this point (even water!) and I’d say he’s doing pretty well at 22 lbs. and wearing size 18 months.

Thad with egg yolk on his face.

 

On Monday I tried acorn squash (or is it an heirloom pumpkin?) which I baked, pureed, and froze in small containers last fall. Tasted pretty good to me, but Baby hated it. At least he just let it hang in his open mouth while drool dripped out. Next day I tried again, with the same reaction.

On Wednesday I gave him some veggies from our dinner: zucchini roasted with garlic, sea salt and olive oil. He loved it, even though I only mashed it with my fork.

On Saturday morning I tried soft egg yolk, and was surprised again that he loved it. He kept opening his mouth and “diving” for more. Although squash is a fine food to start on, I’m particularly happy about him going for egg yolk, as it is a super-food with excellent nutrients and essential fats, especially for brain development. And since I use duck eggs (because of an allergy I have to chicken eggs) the yolk has B12 in it as well.

Egg yolk (raw or soft cooked) is the recommended first food for babies in the Nourishing Traditions cookbook.

The easiest way to feed soft egg yolk to an infant is to soft boil the egg, then scoop out only the yolk to feed him.