I moved to Dubai with my husband in early 2011 at the time when streets were filled with crisp cold air and it left me amused since I was advised that life in the desert wouldn’t be easier. My thoughts started dwilndling after June, where even taking a walk to my driving class would leave me breathless. Nonetheless, if I look past the weather, I love this city. It has given us another home away from home. We have witnessed UAE grow and progress over the years. Although a lot of things here are transient, we love how Dubai never stops to develop and it is a wonderful feeling of raising a child in a city having a whole lot of adventure.

As UAE gears up to celebrate its 46th National Day, let me list down what exactly it is about this country that we love apart from rich culture, tax free living and contemporary architecture- 

  • Leader with a mission – Most importantly, UAE has leaders with a vision to progress and making anything possible in this country. We have numerous projects coming up to make the life of it’s residents happier, comfortable and better.
  • Multicultural country – UAE exposes us to different cultures. I find it so fortunate for Little A to grow in a country where he gets to discover people from all over the world helping him to understand how the world is diverse yet similar in many ways. It is interesting to meet people of different ethinicities, speaking different languages,  celebrating their festivals and following distinct habits.
  • It is safe here – According to the World Economic Forum report, UAE is in the list of world’s 20 safest countries to travel and live in. Honestly, I feel safer to live in Dubai, than I have felt in India with crime rates against women going up each year. Looking at USA where gun ownership is a very touchy subject, possession of weapons in UAE is governed by very strict laws and highly punishable.  
  • Happiest country – UAE has been ranked 21st globally and first as the happiest country in Arab world in UN World Happiness Report 2017. We even have our own Happiness Minister, Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, which talks a lot about how serious the leaders are to keep it’s residents satisfied and achieve a happier society. 
  • Land of peace and opportunities – Opportunities in UAE are huge – learning about new culture, save money and get jobs. It is one of the tolerant nations in the gulf that guarantee dignity for everyone.
  • Multi-cuisine:Food from all over the world – There is so much depth and diversity in the food scene here with many ethinicities representing food from their country of origin. UAE is one gastronomic adventure for food lovers. You can find traditional Arabic dishes, Indian, European, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese etc. in different restaurants over the seven emirates. And if you love to cook different cuisines, then UAE is your oyster with many ingredients available quite easily. 
  • Playground for children – UAE is a children’s playground, in literal sense. Things are constantly changing and the country is a work in progress that makes us and our children a part of it’s history and learn how cities are build. There are numerous outdoor spaces that are spacious and well kept, giving our children more time to spend outdoors. Taking a road trip within the emirates, the drive offers some incredible visuals of the desert that leads to questions and imagination amongst children.

We are looking forward to the long UAE National Day weekend. We will be catching up on various events across Dubai including the fire works at a newly opened La Mer, taking a road trip to other emirates and looking for great bargains at global village. And some cooking with Little A because we never leave our home for a long drive without homemade food. 

Albeit having a planned schedule over the holidays, there will be moments of boredom. That is the time you are going to ask your little ones to make these apple, carrot and oats muffins. Each child is different. While you sit with them for such activities, it is important to take notes of what they are adequate for and what makes them uncomfortable. A few months back, Little A had difficulty in grating on a micro plane but I am exhilarated how relaxed he was to use it this time around. And we took turns in whisking as mixing oil with other wet ingredients can be a bit challenging for younger kids. This recipe isn’t only about sneaking in oats or healthy options into your little one’s diet. It is involving them in the process and guiding them on eating responsibly.

Apple and Carrot Oat Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Muffins packed with fiber for a healthy start to your mornings, apple carrot muffin is perfect for the lunchbox, a post workout treat or pack for road trips.

Course: Baking, Breakfast
Servings: 9 muffins
Author: Tasneem Rajkotwala
  • 1/2 cup plain flour {substitute with wheat if you wish}
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp oats flour grind oats in a blender
  • 11/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 apple , grated
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips {optional}
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C and line the muffin tray with liners. 

  2. Combine together both the flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and keep aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar until it is light in color. Mix in oil, honey, vanilla essence and cinnamon powder until well combined. Add the grated apple, carrot and chocolate and mix well.

  4. Fold in the dry ingredients until just combined. As a golden rule, do not over mix. Fill the lined paper cups until 3/4th full. 

  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cake test comes clean.


This post is part of the UAE Mom Bloggers Blog Hop for UAE’s National Day on December 2.

Do check out other posts from our bloggers:

7 things under 20 dirhams that I love in the UAE – Nayel and Mummy

Popsicle Stick Flag Craft – Stars In The Desert

The Spirit of the Nation – Explored by Mafaza

UAE Flag Paper Pinwheel – Mumzy Notebook

UAE Keepsake Box – Sand In My Toes

UAE Flag Colors Lunch Box – Cuddles & Crumbs

    6 thoughts on “Oatmeal, Carrot and Apple Muffins – Cooking With Little A on UAE National Day”

    1. I have to try this muffin for our lunch box soon. Totally agree when you said that UAE is a big playground for kids (adults), so many things happening around the region catered specially for the whole family.

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