- 1 small broccoli, in florets
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1 cup whole grain cornmeal
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Makes: 12 haystacks
Help Your Furry Pal Grover Find the Broccoli Trees
These muffins are like hide-and-seek in the kitchen! Kids will love finding the surprise "tree" in every "haystack."
Step 1: Things You'll Need
Gather these ingredients to make Grover's Broccoli Trees in Haystacks.
Step 2: Turn Up the Heat
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease 12 standard (2 1⁄2 inch) muffin cups, or line with paper baking cups.
Step 3: Prepare the Trees
Place the broccoli and water in a microwavable dish. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Step 4: Mix It Up
Mix the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Little Hands Tip: Point out that these are all dry ingredients.
Step 5: Count and Stir
Stir together the milk, eggs, and butter in a medium bowl.
Little Hands Tip: Count each stir. How many stirs does it take until blended?
Step 6: Wet and Dry
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Little Hands Tip: Talk about how wet and dry are opposites.
Step 7: Spoon It Up
Stir just until moistened. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into each of the muffin cups.
Step 8: Plant the Trees
Place one piece of broccoli (a "tree") in each cup.
Little Hands Tip: What color is broccoli? What other vegetables have the same color?
Step 9: Hide the Trees
Spoon additional batter into each cup, filling them about 3⁄4 full.
Step 10: Bake and Serve
Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack. Serve warm.
Step 11: Dig In Everybodeeeee!
Enjoy these hide-and-seek treats like your pal Grover does! Broccoli should always be this much fun!
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