Baby Apple Banana Oat Muffins

I’m thrilled to share a parent-approved toddler and baby muffin recipe that my daughter loves. These easy and healthy mini muffins combine banana, applesauce, oats, and your choice of add-in like blueberries or small pieces of chopped apple. The batter comes together in a blender and the muffins freeze wonderfully.

Baby and toddler mini muffins! Banana, applesauce, cinnamon, oats, and not much else. Freezer-friendly and easy to make. Baby LOVES these! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

As we quickly approach Noelle’s 1st birthday, my heart is full of gratitude for the unsurpassable amount of joy the past year has brought us. She’s our 1st born, our little miracle, our rainbow baby after pregnancy loss, and the reason I’m a strong mama today. I remember 1 year ago: almost 9 months pregnant, a big ball of nervous anxiety, scared and excited for the unknown. And now I’m confidently giving advice to pregnant and new mamas! The first year is magical, beautiful, challenging, and certainly transformative.

In addition to the joy, I’m also thankful for the items that’ve made the past 340 days a little easier on us!! Today I’m sharing 10 baby essentials that we love as well as a baby-friendly recipe. Whether you’re a seasoned parent, new parent, parent-to-be, or are looking for useful baby gifts, I hope you find this post helpful.

Baby and toddler mini muffins! Banana, applesauce, cinnamon, oats, and not much else. Freezer-friendly and easy to make. Baby LOVES these! Easy baby food recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to Make Baby Muffins

We had a difficult time introducing chunkier solids to Noelle. She loved her pureed fruits and vegetables, but it took a long month of trial-and-error with “real” food. Once she began enjoying soft foods like scrambled eggs and small pieces of fruit, I made her homemade muffins. She loved them and I felt so proud! To this day, these muffins are her favorite. Doesn’t eat anything quicker. This recipe is a goldmine.

These apple banana oat muffins:

  • healthy
  • naturally sweetened
  • made with real food, no preservatives
  • fruit and oats
  • no flour
  • gluten free if using certified GF oats
  • taste delicious for adults too!!
  • adaptable with plenty of substitution suggestions
  • freeze wonderfully

And, as a busy parent, you’ll be happy to know that the muffins are SO EASY! You put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, which breaks down the banana and oats, pour into muffin liners, and bake. That’s it.

How to make baby banana apple oat muffins in the blender. Easy baby food recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I made 2 batches before we left for vacation and keep them in the freezer. Heat up/thaw 1 or 2 whenever you need them!

How to make baby banana apple oat muffins in the blender. Easy baby food recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Baby and toddler mini muffins! Banana, applesauce, cinnamon, oats, and not much else. Freezer-friendly and easy to make. Baby LOVES these! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Baby Stuff We Love

By popular request, here are some baby items that we love. This list doesn’t include basics like crib, bottles, stroller, car seat, etc. Rather, these are all some extras that (1) made life easier and (2) our daughter enjoys too!

  1. Wubbanub pacifier – LOVES IT! The soft giraffe sits flat on her chest, so it wasn’t prone to toppling over when she was really young.
  2. Flappy the Elephant – Such a sweet toy that swings and flaps its ears. Our friends had it and Noelle enjoyed playing with it while we visited, so I bought her one. It’s still her favorite toy, after her stacking cups of course…
  3. Stacking Cups – Her favorite and so inexpensive! Brightly colored, numbered, and easy for babies to grip. I stack them up and she loves knocking them down. She’s playing with them as I type this! Clapping them together because she loves the sound.
  4. Portable Playpen – Before she began crawling all over, Noelle spent most of her time rolling around and playing in here. It’s pretty roomy and fits lots of toys– and parents, too! Even though it’s big, it folds up easily and is convenient to bring anywhere. We even brought it on vacation. Now that she can pull herself up, she holds on and takes sideway steps around the interior. She loves it!
  5. Kick ‘n Play play mat – Before Noelle could roll over, this was her whole world! It’s a little activity “gym.” Babies reach for the toys above them and kick the piano. And the piano is detachable, so now that she sits and stands, she plays with it separately. Warning: you’ll quickly memorize the tunes the keys play and hymn them in your sleep.
  6. Baby Einstein Musical Toy – Such a cute toy with bright lights, a fun button to push, and lots of soothing (not silly!) music. Keeps babies busy and smiling! One thing: I didn’t give it to Noelle until she could sit up because it’s rather heavy for smaller hands and, while laying down, it could slip out of hands and bump their heads.
  7. Books! Some of our favorites are Pout-Pout Fish, Giraffes Can’t Dance, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Snuggle Puppy (and anything by Sandra Boynton. Silly, cute, fun books! Get them all!), On The Night You Where Born, and If Animals Kissed Goodnight.
  8. Baby Girl Knitted Hat – With the little pom poms and bow, this is the cutest chilly weather hat! I bought the size small and when she grew out, I bought the medium. It’s soft, stretchy, and warm.
  9. Favorite Teether – I bought a lot of teething toys and Noelle LOVES this one. Bonus that it’s a cupcake. Also fabulous: the banana teether.

None of this is sponsored– just truly items we’ve all enjoyed!

Baby and toddler mini muffins! Banana, applesauce, cinnamon, oats, and not much else. Freezer-friendly and easy to make. Baby LOVES these! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let me know if your babe enjoys the muffins too. And steal a taste– they’re good!

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Baby and toddler mini muffins! Banana, applesauce, cinnamon, oats, and not much else. Freezer-friendly and easy to make. Baby LOVES these! Easy baby food recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Baby Apple Banana Oat Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 mini muffins or 9-10 standard muffins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Easy, quick, and healthy baby-friendly mini muffins made from banana, applesauce, and oats. Mixed in the blender and poured into muffin liners, this make-ahead recipe couldn’t be easier.


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups (100g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats, plus extra for topping
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup (60g) unsweetened applesauce, plain yogurt, or fruit/veggie puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 or 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar, maple syrup, or other desired sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup add-ins such as peeled diced apple, pear, or berries*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 24-count mini muffin pan with nonstick spray or use mini muffin liners. If using liners, grease the liners.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, in the order listed, except for the 3/4 cup of add-ins. Blend or process until combined. Stir in the add-ins. Divide evenly between muffin liners. Top with a few oats, if desired.
  3. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Remove and cool completely before serving.
  4. Muffins stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: For longer storage, freeze muffins for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw on the counter or defrost in the microwave.
  2. Special Tools: Vitamix | Ninja Food Processor | Colorful Baking Liners | Mini Muffin Pan
  3. Important: Consult with pediatrician about any possible allergies your baby may have before trying. The only substitutions I’ve tried are listed in the ingredients, but feel free to play around with the recipe using your best judgement!
  4. Sugar: I usually prepare the muffins with 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons of coconut sugar.
  5. Add Ins: I made the pictured muffins with finely diced apple and blueberries. Apples get nice and soft, but the blueberries can be a little messy with little self-feeding hands. Noelle also enjoys them with diced strawberries.
  6. Muffin Liners: If using muffin liners, grease the liners or spray with nonstick spray. Warm muffins will stick otherwise. With the first batch I made, I didn’t grease the liners and they stuck. However, the muffins peeled out easily after refrigerating.
  7. Standard Size Muffins: Add 1/3 cup oats to the recipe, adding them to the blender with everything else. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Top with a few oats, if desired. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C) then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 16-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time the standard size muffins take in the oven is about 22-23 minutes, give or take.

147 Comments

  1. I made a batch yesterday and had to make a double batch this evening for the week! My one year old is a picky eater but he loved LOVED these muffins. Thanks for the recipe. I sneaked a couple myself. They were delicious

  2. I made these for my 11 month old twins and they devoured them! I omitted the sweetener and even threw in a handful of baby spinach and they were great!

  3. My son LOVES these! I’ve probabaly made them 3 times already. Next time I’m going to try it with blueberries

  4. My 14 month old picky daughter loves these muffins! Thank you for the easy and heathy recipe! Please share more toddler friendly ones if you can!

  5. This recipe is exactly what I was looking for and baby LOVES them! I omitted the sugar and add-ins (so I upped the applesauce to 1/2 c.); came out perfect! Thanks Sally!

  6. Hi Sally
    I made this recipe today for full sized muffins but they turned out oddly flat–almost as if the leaveners didn’t work at all. Do you think this could be because of the lack of flour? Or maybe I didn’t blend the oats enough? Flummoxed! Usually I have amazing luck with your (very well tested!) recipes!

    1. Hey Samantha! The larger muffins will be pretty dense, squat, and flat since there’s no flour or anything to soak up the liquid. Try blending the oats a bit more or adding a little flour to soak up more liquid.

  7. Hi! I was wondering if I could double this recipe and if there are any adjustments I should make besides simply doubling the quantity of all the ingredients. Thanks!

  8. Made these and my son loved them! Going to make them again—one regular batch and one with pumpkin in place of the applesauce. Hopefully they turn out!

    1. Hi Rebecca, I haven’t tested this without the egg but there are many different egg substitutes that could likely work. Please let me know if you try it!

      1. 1/4 cup of applesauce or mashed banana would do fine here or try a “flax egg” — have you heard of those? They’re common in vegan baking.

  9. Fabulous recipe, I added diced strawberries and they were great to freeze for my little one. Definitely going to be a staple in our home.

  10. Hi Sally
    Do you think is that ok if I don’t use the baking soda and the baking powder as my baby can’t have them?
    Thanks
    Ayda

  11. These are perfect, and SO EASY….can be whipped up in no time!!!! And loved by everyone, not just the toddlers 😉 Thank you Sally!

  12. My one year old hates eggs, oatmeal, grits and any other breakfast item I could think of but he loves these muffins! Thanks Sally

  13. I made these for my nine month old. He has mild anemia, so the pediatrician recommended we add some of the fortified baby oatmeal to his snacks. I subbed in 3/4 cups of baby oats and then used 1/2 cup regular oats. Worked great and my little guy loved the muffins! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Thank you for this recipe! I made them yesterday for my almost 1 year old and she loves them! They make a great snack and accompaniment to her breakfast. Do you have any other recipes for snacks/foods for babies and toddlers?

  15. I have celiac and am on the WW program. These muffins are outstanding! I don’t use any of the sweetner and they are delicious!

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