These nutritious and delicious mini Baby Food Muffins are baked with your baby’s favorite foods!
The Best Foods for Growing Babies
These mini muffins may not look like the yummiest things you would ever put in your mouth, but to these two babies, they’re amazing!
Bryce and Barrett are a little over 7 months now and they love their food. In fact, they expect 3 real meals a day in addition to their bottles. I’ve got some hungry, growing boys on my hands!
When Baker was a baby, we decided to try baby-led weaning and it worked great! He was feeding himself from the very first bite. He learned to chew first then swallow which made him such a confident eater and made introducing new foods very easy. With baby-led feeding, you skip the feeding by spoon stage and go straight to finger foods. We did the same thing with the babies and they caught on so fast and love it! Their favorites are bananas, steamed carrots, baked apples, steamed broccoli, and baked sweet potato strips. They pretty much eat anything we give them!
As I was steaming and baking food for them one week, I thought it would be nice to come up with a way to combine some of their favorite foods into a nutritious little muffin that they could feed to themselves. And that’s how these mini baby food muffins were born! They’re so simple to make and the babies love them! I baked banana, avocado and applesauce into our first batch, but you could really use any combination of your baby’s favorite foods. It’s also a great way to sneak in fruits and vegetables that your baby may not like.
Finger Food for Little Fingers
If your baby is eating finger foods then they’ll love these nutritious little muffins. Just keep them in the refrigerator and grab one or two when it’s time to eat. You could warm them up a little if your baby likes warm food, but Bryce & Barrett actually prefer their muffins a little cold because it feels good on their incoming teeth.
Certainly not the best muffins I’ve ever eaten, but they’re actually pretty tasty for how healthy they are. It’s basically like eating baked oatmeal with some natural sweetness from the bananas and applesauce along with a touch of cinnamon. I won’t lie, I’ve eaten my fair share of muffins since I’ve been baking them for the babies and I’m really liking them!
So go bake a batch and you’ll have a happy baby (or two!) in that highchair!
How to Make Baby Food Muffins
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and add the mashed banana, mashed avocado and applesauce. Stir until well combined.
Divide batter evenly among the 24 mini muffin cups. Bake for 12-14 minutes until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Update: I recently made a batch for the babies and replaced the avocado and applesauce with a 15 ounce can of pumpkin and 3 shredded apples (squeezed of liquid). The babies LOVED them! So feel free to play around with these muffins and use any combination of baby foods for a total of about 2 cups! H
More Bites for Little Ones
Baby’s favorite foods baked into little Baby Food Oatmeal Bites that they can easily feed themselves. Let your little eater feed themselves this yummy Baby Pasta Salad that’s full of veggies and tossed in a yogurt dressing. Baby loved, mama approved!
I hope your babies love them! If you make these Baby Food Muffins for your little ones, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me or tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. I love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share.
These nutritious and delicious little muffins are baked with your baby’s favorite foods!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 large banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 medium avocado, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
- Make a well in the center and add the mashed banana, mashed avocado and applesauce. Stir until well combined.
- Divide batter evenly among the 24 mini muffin cups. Bake for 12-14 minutes until set.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Variations: Feel free to use any combination of your baby’s favorite mashed foods for a total of 2 cups. I recently replaced the avocado and applesauce with 1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin and three shredded apples (squeezed of liquid). The babies LOVED them!