Is there life outside of baking vegan muffins? Updated Post

All-Stars' Banana-Blueberry Vegan Muffins

You’d think all I do is bake muffins and more muffins.

And that’s without writing a thing about the TWO versions of carrot muffins I baked last week (version one was sinfully sweet, while version two was wholesome enough to make the kids suspicious).

And it’s not really all I do.

Want proof?

Why, just last night, I baked cornbread using a recipe from my favorite vegan blog, the Post Punk Kitchen. The single adaptation to the recipe was the addition of frozen corn kernels.

Okay. So….cornbread is really just one big muffin.

But, TODAY, I’m trying out a recipe for banana-blueberry muffins that I found at Epicurean Vegan.

All-Stars' Banana-Blueberry Vegan Muffins
All-Stars’ Banana-Blueberry Vegan Muffins

They’re for my step-son’s All-Stars baseball team. These kids are decidedly NOT vegan. But my step-sons love my baking.

My husband volunteered to provide the snack.

Since they practice at dinnertime EVERY NIGHT, we thought we’d contribute something healthy-ish rather than the typical cookies or whatever other junk food passes for dinner in this crowd. (Not that I judge.)

My husband’s bringing watermelon and I’m, well, I’m bringing the muffins.

Because, apparently, that’s what I do.


My husband came back from the ball-field almost two hours after he left (which was timed with the supposed end of practice, by the way).

He seemed deflated.

I asked him how it went.

“They swarmed me when it was snack-time, and then the saw the muffins and watermelon and complained, “awww… watermelon!?! muffins!?!”

They only ate six of the muffins. Three of them were actually consumed by my older step-son who’s not even on the team. He has experience with my baking 🙂

My husband was so disappointed. If I had been there, I would have felt really hurt. It feels awful to put a lot of time and energy and thought into cooking for people and having them reject it. Complain about it. Certainly, I’m not the first parent to feel this way!

But instead of feeling irritated with the kids, I’m trying to stay compassionate, to think about the bigger picture. These kids are so used to food that comes in packages with a logo. It is constantly marketed to them. It is constantly being given to them by their teachers, coaches, and parents.

Now I will be the first to defend parents who are busy working and taking their kids to activities. It’s really hard to find time to cook. Everybody is crunched. When practice is scheduled for the three hours in the evening that families traditionally make and eat dinner, it’s hard for kids–or their parents–to eat well.

But these are athletes. They need protein, vitamins, minerals… and preferably not just the ones sprayed on their breakfast cereal.

I believe we are doing kids a disservice as a community when we allow over-scheduling to interfere with meals and give them processed, packaged snacks instead.

Why, when I was a kid, we were perfectly happy–grateful–for water and quartered oranges. 

Parents, we have to do better. We can. But it will only work if we all try.

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9 thoughts on “Is there life outside of baking vegan muffins? Updated Post

  1. Deflated is putting it lightly! After my experiences with the oranges I was really bummed out. It ruined the whole rest of my day! And I didn’t even put any effort into the oranges like you did with the muffins!

  2. I agree with you completely. I think watermelon and homemade muffins are awesome! Especially for kids. Definitely deflating but we mustn’t give up. Those photos made my mouth water and I’m delighted you included the link. I am going to give them a go! And let’s keep singing the praises of food that ‘remembers where it came from’ and doesn’t come with a logo. Cheers, Gina

    1. Gina–thank you, thank you, thank you! The muffins were delicious 🙂 Have fun making them and even more fun eating them!

  3. Yep, you’re right about the whole thing. I’ve seen it happen a lot. People are completely unwilling to even try something new, especially under the suspicion it might be healthy. More than likely the kids who didn’t try probably have parents that wouldn’t have either.

    1. Oh, you’re probably right! It is so sad. It’s so wonderful for families to support sports, but something is very wrong when doing so means sacrificing family meals.

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