Baking fun with Jamie Oliver and Moshi Monsters

TV Chef teams up with Moshi Monsters to inspire kids to get cooking!

Mon-stars everywhere are in for a feast of scrumptious treats, as television chef Jamie Oliver is the latest celebrity to receive a monster make-over.

Jamie has teamed up with everyone’s favourite Moshi Monster character Furi, and together they want to inspire young budding chefs around the world to get in the kitchen to learn how to cook. They believe food education is a human right for every child and the more children know about what they are eating, the healthier they will be.

So this week I was set a special challenge to bake some muffins with my own children using the fabulous Jamie Oliver’s recipe, which he is showcasing for the first time exclusively on his You Tube channel ‘Food Tube’ today!

I covered a teeny bit of this story the other day when I set up my competition to win one of the Jamie Oliver hampers, exactly the same one that I received! It was filled with all the ingredients that were needed for the recipe, as well as a lovely Jamie Oliver apron and oven glove. Oh and not forgetting the special Moshi Monsters in there too – this was, of course, a massive hit with my kids and it did entice them to want to join in!

jamie oliver hamper

I have to admit, when I saw the butternut squash in the basket I was confused. Who puts butternut squash in cakes? …was my initial reaction! But then yes, ok…… being as this is a recipe by a world first class top chef, it was never going to be a plain old boring recipe was it?

Oh no!

This was to be an exciting, Moshi Monster bake with the kids, Butternut Squash Muffin kinda recipe!

My children were all eager to started…….

moshifoodtubeThe cheeky Moshi Moshlings that came with the hamper were everywhere…. trying to sneak into the muffin cases and hiding in my daughter’s apron! 

Here is the recipe card that we used and that you will need to re-create the muffins at home….. I have deliberately left out the method so you can have fun with your little ones working it out… or you can watch the video below 🙂

jamie oliver recipe card

You will notice that this recipe requires a food processor, something which we don’t have at home. Ours broke and I didn’t replace it because well, I haven’t needed to. I panicked somewhat initially, thinking I must rush out and buy a new one but really, I thought there was no need. And if you don’t have one, let me assure you that you don’t need one, everything you can do with a food processor, you can do by hand. Yes it may take longer and it’s obviously more work but it can be done…. and it’s more fun 🙂 Besides, food processors didn’t exist years ago and people still made cakes!

moshi food tubeAs you can see, we managed to chop the butternut squash into very small pieces, first with a knife then we used a fork to mash it up smaller.

jamie oliver food tube

The kids had fun adding all the ingredients to the squash then giving it a good mix. We divided the mixture into the twelve muffin cases then popped into the oven to bake for around 25-30 minutes!

Once they were out of the oven looking beautifully cooked and yummy, we made a start on the icing.

butternut squash muffins

mosh4The finished product did look a bit messy I admit, but the kids made them all by themselves and that’s what makes it fun! Baking with kids isn’t going to be a neat, clinical affair and if you try to make it that way, you’ll take away their pleasure. Let them get messy!

jamie oliver butternut squash muffins

We had lots of fun creating the butternut squash muffins, and it was great to for the children to use a vegetable that we haven’t used before. I’m quite a fussy eater myself and have never fancied trying butternut squash before, thinking it was like pumpkin which is another vegetable I wouldn’t consider eating. I don’t like the smell! And it was the exact same smell as pumpkin!

But the muffins were absolutely delicious I’m not going to lie! They were baked to perfection, moist and so very tasty.

You can see Jamie Oliver’s fab video on his Food Tube channel, where he regularly welcomes fellow YouTubers and chefs to join him in the kitchen. Furi is the latest guest and with expert tutorials and easy to follow recipes, Jamie and Furi are aiming to excite a new generation of chefs to get creative!

The Moshi make-over that Jamie Oliver himself received was a transformation into Jammie Olive Oil, a ‘fang-tastic’ Moshling character, with the chef’s signature quiff and plaid shirt.

jammie olive oil


I hope we have inspired you to get cooking with your own kids too…. but if you want some more inspiration then head over to Jamie Olivers Food Tube channel, it’s absolutely brilliant!

And don’t forget I have a competition running to win the same Jamie Oliver hamper you see here, so pop over and enter now 🙂


  1. This looks like a fab recipe. I’ve never tried butternut squash in a cake recipe before either x

  2. They look great. I love that you’ve put butternut squash in a muffin.

  3. What a fantastic idea for getting kids excited about cooking!

  4. That looks like a great recipe. My son loves baking so I will tell him about Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel.

  5. ooh those look yummy, but like you I’d never have thought of squash in cakes.

  6. I LOVE Moshi Monsters – this looks fab! I also love butternut squash and cake 😉 I’m going to ask Mummy if we can make these x

  7. Your muffins looks delicious. I love butternut squash but hadn’t considered using it in cake making.

  8. Ive just watched the video and whilst im not his biggest fan, he does make cookery funx

  9. Oh I like the sound of these, squash is quite common in cakes. Americans have pumpkin pie after all!

  10. What a great way to get some bonus veg into your kids!

  11. These cakes look lovely and you had a lot of fun – I would have been foxed by the squash too

  12. oh wow this sounds like so much fun! my daughter used to LOVE Moshi Monsters .. 🙂 x

  13. Looks great! I’ve seen a few cake recipes that use vegetables and I hear they really work well most of the time. We are big fans of Jamie in our house.

  14. I love this – these look delicious and my three would love the Moshi Monsters touch!!

  15. What a great recipe! Looks like the kids had a great time! xx

  16. I love adding veg to my cakes and muffins, I shall book mark and try this recipe.

  17. These sound delicious, a great way of introducing new flavours to kids

  18. Fantastic idea! Never thought of putting butternut squash in muffins – the end result looks very yummy 🙂 It’s great to see the kids getting involved and having fun!

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