These Garlic & Cheddar Buttermilk Muffins are a perfect cornbread-ish texture with a cheesy, hearty favor. They’re gluten-free and delicious for serving with soups, slathered with butter…
How old were you when you learned how to cook?
Were you one of those fortunate kiddos who had a stay-at-home momma who taught you? I can remember my mom standing at the kitchen counter with me – flour all over the both of us – patiently teaching me how to knead bread. She was (and is) an amazing teacher and cook! I was blessed to grow up knowing the valuable role food played in my body and how to make it myself.
That’s what I want for my kids! In a world full of fast-food chains and prepackaged “food” I want my kids to know exactly what they’re eating – because they made it themselves!
But let’s be realistic.
Even though my memories of cooking with my mom are wonderful, it probably wasn’t as easy for her as I remember. 😉
It’s with high aspirations that I usher my kids into the kitchen to teach them how to mix up pancakes for breakfast. But I usually end up doing most of the work. Not only do they make a HUGE mess, they take forever. It’ll just be faster if I do it myself, right?
It can be exasperating trying teach four little ADHD brains to cook while simultaneously trying get their “meal” to turn out somewhat edible! I would usually end up shooing them out of the kitchen so that I don’t pull out all my flour-covered hair!
Videos to the Rescue!
Thankfully for me (and you!) Katie from Kitchen Stewardship has put together this UH-MAZING eCourse called Kids Cook Real Food. It’s all about teaching parents how to teach their kids how to cook! The fun and educational videos are not only great for moms who want their kids to learn helpful kitchen skills, they’re wonderful for instilling self-confidence in your kids while teaching them all about cooking healthy food!
When I found out about the course, I was just a little interested… <understatement of the year> My kids were excited about it too, especially my older three (ages 5, 7, & 8).
About halfway through the first video on knife safety (which is FREE NOW btw!) they were all begging me to let them practice! I must say I was a little nervous to hand my bouncy 5-year old a cheese knife, but he did GREAT! Even my 3-year old was skillfully chopping cheese with a butter knife!
Kids Cook Real Food.
The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse comes in three levels, coupled with helpful instruction videos for the parents:
Beginner (ages 2-5)
- Peeling vegetables
- Measuring ingredients
- Careful Pouring
- Slicing with a dull knife
- and more…
Intermediate (ages 6-7)
- Stovetop safety
- Introduction to sharp knives
- Rolling dough
- Mixing simple recipes independently
- Cracking eggs
- Cooking rice
- and more…
Advanced (ages 8+)
- Sautéing vegetables
- Using a small appliance like a food processor
- Sharp knife skills
- Making a white sauce/cheese sauce
- Oven safety
- Steaming vegetables
- and more…
Altogether, there are over 45 videos, plus printable flash cards, lesson plans, and a little recipe book for kids. The videos are well filmed and easy to watch, and they’re not too long so those wild little brains can pay attention. 🙂
The courses were a huge hit with my kids. Now, instead of me frantically trying to teach my kids something while I’m getting a meal together, they beg me to let them practice chopping, slicing, grating, measuring and mixing! And they’re actually helpful. 😉
Check out Kids Cook Real Food HERE!
If you’re interested in helping your kids learn how to cook for
you themselves, I’d like to personally recommend Katie’s video courses to you. I can promise you won’t regret watching them with your kids!
On to the Garlic & Cheddar Buttermilk Muffins.
Other than getting meals out of my kids (their specialty is apple crisp!), one thing I love about teaching my kids to cook is learning all the intricacies in their
little big personalities. Out of my five kids I have:
- an 8-year old artist who’d rather take photos of the baking process than actually do it.
- a 7-year old nerdy manager who’s great at reading the recipe and telling everybody else what to do (as well as offering suggestions on how to make the recipe “better.”)
- a 5-year old “do-er” who will chop, peel, grate, and mix ANYTHING.
- a 3-year old people-lover who will do anything in the kitchen with her momma. 😉
They work well together as a team, or one at a time alongside me.
Together (with a little help from their momma), they put together these delicious Garlic & Cheddar Buttermilk Muffins for lunch the other day. I knew that I had to share them with you all!
They’re a perfect cornbread-ish texture with a cheesy, hearty favor. Delicious for serving with soups, slathered with butter…
So don’t give up on your kids! Take the time to teach them and the results will be well worth it – for you AND for them!
Are you ready to get your kids in the kitchen?
If you’re ready and rearing to go, here are some more easy, kid-friendly foods that my kids love to make!
- Cheese Triangles :: Kid-Friendly Quesadillas
- Porcupine Meatballs
- Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole
- 4-Ingredient Paleo Poopsicles
- Gluten-Free Egg & Potato Muffins
Get the FREE 3-part KNIFE SKILLS video HERE!
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Garlic & Cheddar Buttermilk Muffins
Free of gluten, with an egg-free option.
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1/3 cup brown rice flour
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon guar gum
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3-4 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 fresh egg, or egg replacement
- 3/4 cup whole or raw milk
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a muffin tin.
Whisk together dry ingredients. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of cheese and the garlic and lightly stir in.
Combine milk and apple cider vinegar; set aside to curdle.
Whisk together egg and oil; add in curdled milk.
Pour egg/milk mixture into dry ingredients and quickly mix to combine.
Pour 1/4 cupfuls into greased muffin tin and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden-browned.
What a wonderful way to teach kids to cook! I fully believe the younger we can get them in the kitchen, the better!
Exactly! Thanks, Rebecca. 🙂
I love that the recipe is simple enough that kids can make it 🙂 They did a great job – look so yummy!
Thanks, Chrystal! 🙂
What an awesome kid friendly recipe! These muffins look Delish!
Thanks, Emily! 🙂
I loved reading this! So much fun. Love teaching little ones these skills. Cooking has become a lost art these days. Loved the photos of your littles, so sweet. The muffins look great too!
Thanks, Emily! I agree, it is becoming lost! And along with cooking goes health… :/
I love that you cook with your kiddos. I’m just starting to get my four year old involved and hope to inspire a love of cooking.
It’s such a worthwhile investment, even though it’s a lot of work. 😉 Good job getting your little one involved!
It is so sweet to see kids helping out in the kitchen♥ These muffins look so yummy ♥
Thank you, Summer! 😉
Omigoodness!! Those adorable faces. It’s fun having kids in the kitchen, eh? I’m not sure *I* know the 4 different ways to use a knife safely. 😉
Haha! I probably wasn’t aware there were four ways either before watching the videos. 😉 Thankfully I still have all my fingers intact!
I LOVE working with my kids in the kitchen. When I was a kid making muffins with my mom was one of my favorites. I can’t wait until my girls are old enough to be more involved in the muffin making process.
My mom always had me make biscuits when I was a kid. 🙂 I still love them!
Those Buttermilk Muffins look fabulous! Thanks for sharing all the information on the kids videos and such. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
Glad to share, Marla! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and tweeting and pinning! 🙂
Mmmm, these look and sound fantastic! I have got to try these out, as I love myself a good biscuit!
Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Thanks so much, Jennifer! I hope you get a chance to enjoy them!
These look great. Love that you made them with your kids. 🙂
Thanks, Bethany! My kids sure enjoyed themselves. 😉
These look so delicious!!! Most of what I have learned about cooking I discovered on my own. My mom was never one to be comfortable in the kitchen. She was much better at her career. She tried, and she cooked us meals on a regular basis. I’m not complaining, I was still able to discover that I enjoy it, a little more than her. What great memories you are making with your kids in the kitchen! Thank you for linking up to Welcome Home Wednesdays Linky Party!
Thanks, Tracy! 😉 I’m glad to share.
What a great combination for these awesome muffins! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
Come Back Soon,
Glad to share, Helen! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
I believe that teaching kids to cook is such an important foundation for them to make healthy food choices later in life so I totally loved reading this post. Your pictures really are adorable and I loved every bit of this post. Thanks so much for sharing this over at Let’s Get Real.
Thank you so much, Christina! I’m so glad to see that other moms are excited to teach their kids to cook, too! It really is so important. 🙂
It is always nice to teach kids,cooking and baking. my kids love to help me while baking. Thanks for sharing this beautiful garlic cheddar butter milk muffins with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.
Thank you for pinning! 🙂
These muffins look awesome! My 8 year old has recently gotten into cooking and he’s really enjoying learning to do things. He says he’s going to be on Master Chef Junior by the time he’s 12. We will definitely look into your videos. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!
Haha! My 8-year old would love that, too! I hope you both enjoy the videos, Lela! Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂
Where is the garlic?
Hmm… quite a good question. Ha. Sorry about that and thank you for pointing it out! Fixing the recipe card now…
I pestered my mum to let me cook. She made me peel potatoes. But I persisted and used to sit over the bench as a tween, talking to her, watching everything. One day when I was thirteen (she was obviously having a bad day) she said to me, ‘You want to cook? Cook.’ And she walked out of the kitchen. I cooked Chilli Con Carne for the six of us and she supervised the spice mix, but I’d watched enough over the previous 2 or 3 years to know the drill. I haven’t looked back. Now my husband says to me, ‘I”m a lucky man – I could have married you for the cooking alone, but then there’s the rest of you too’. We don’t have kids unfortunately, but that hasn’t stopped the creativity. I have just spent two hours perusing your blog by the way, fantastic recipes, thank you. Greetings from Australia.
I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes! Thanks for the encouragement!