Saturday, April 18, 2009

The things you do to get a kid to eat fruit

When Ryan is home, my main goal besides trying to make him smile, is to try to fatten him up.

Food has always been a big issue for him, he has a lot of sensory-motor issues and didn't learn to chew until he was about nine years old.

Most fruits, and vegetables are on the "won't touch it with a ten foot pole" list and I think the only way we have avoided scurvy is because he absolutely loves my spaghetti sauce.

He won't drink juice or smoothies. To try and get a little fruit in him this morning I made oatmeal blueberry muffins to go with the couple of hot dogs he had for breakfast.

Hot dogs for breakfast? When you have an autistic kid, you learn to go with the flow.

Oatmeal-blueberry muffins


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup rolled oats

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 beaten egg

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup cooking oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 tsp cake spice or nutmeg or cinnamon

3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


Grease twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups or line them with paper bake cups; set aside.

Stir together flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

Combine egg, milk, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla in another bowl. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy.) Fold blueberries into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each three-quarters full.

Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 16 to 18 minutes for 2-1/2-inch muffins or 10 to 12 minutes for 1-3/4-inch muffins or until done. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes; remove muffins from cups Serve warm. Makes 12 to 15 regular-size or 36 small muffins.


Ryan Kelly said...

Why did you crop that picture?

Oh boy, free Penthous. I wonder if that's anything like 'penthouse'.

I'd say you should exercise your admin privileges with the above comment.

Jill said...

Yes, I cropped it to get rid of some excess background.

Where do there people get the time to post crap like that?

Jill said...

On second thought... which photo? The muffins or Ryan and Jack?
Yes, I cropped the muffins, no I didn't crop Ryan and Jack.

Ryan Kelly said...

Emily showed me that picture this morning and I could have sworn it wasn't zoomed in so much. Am I just losing it?

Jill said...

No You aren't losing it... I had no Idea what I was going to get from that shot. all of the lights were out and I just zoomed and clicked.

Emily said...

Did he actually eat those? I don't even like blueberry muffins.

Jill said...

Yes he did, and they had the added bonus of having oatmeal in them too.
Considering what he is eating these days, even your brother has learned to appreciate my culinary efforts :)
We had a long talk with them at the farm when we took him back yesterday. Asked them to please try harder to try and get him to eat. They sent him home with these nutritional suppliments called Benecalorie...
I'd rather he get his nutrition from actual food than from a pill or packet.

Ryan Kelly said...

Updates pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.

Thanks. ;-)