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.

149 Comments

  1. Love using ground oats in place of flour for muffins!! and so impressed at his little added sugar are in these too 🙂

  2. Love the baby things!!!!! Especially the hat…and I can’t wait to see what Noelle’s birthday cake will be next month!!

  3. Great recipe! Will definitely try it but my son is allergic to eggs so what would you suggest as a substitute for it?

    1. Hi Maida! I personally haven’t tried a substitute for eggs, but a flax egg substitute or applesauce typically work as subs for eggs in muffins. Let me know what you try!

  4. I love the idea of the portable playpen! We live in a small house and placing a playpen is just taking up too much space in any given room. With a portable one, it can be put wherever you are at the moment. 🙂 Great!

  5. I love that you shared this! I want to make these for my Lily when she’s big enough to have them, but I’d tried giving her baby cereal from oats and they made her sick so her doctor believes she may have an oat intolerance 🙁 there’s a chance she will grow out of it, so we are hoping!
    I definitely want to get that flappy the elephant for her! She would love it. It’s so cute! The biggest dilemma we have had with Lily is that she is such a big baby, it’s been hard getting her normal baby things because she is too big for them. She is only (almost) 8 months and already just shy of 30 lbs! And most exersaucers, swings, rock’n’plays, etc. Are only good for up to 25 lbs. she was already 25 lbs before 6 months! She was born just shy of 11 lbs. Anyways, thanks for sharing! That cupcake teether is adorable too!

    1. We really love the playpen– lots of room to crawl around and sit up! And the elephant is so much fun. One of our faves. I didn’t include this one in the list, but Noelle loved this pop-up toy when we first got it for her when she was around your daughter’s age. She still plays with it a bit, but not as much as she did a couple months ago.

  6. Recipe sounds great! Parents of babies under 12 months— be sure to use the sweeteners that Sally mentions, and not substitute honey. Even honey in baked goods can still pose a risk of botulism.

  7. Can you use frozen blueberries for this recipe? Any hints so they won’t bleed while mixing (I usually toss them in a bit of the flour/oats before mixing into recipies, but they still tend to bleed)?

    1. Hi Lisa! Frozen berries would be great! Unfortunately, the berries bleeding their juices is par for the course when using frozen berries. I always run into that problem too!

  8. I’m totally going to go pick some apples from our tree right now and make these! They look incredible!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  9. Such a helpful and cute post
    By the way, Sally, would you try this recipe? Is a blackberry cake frosted with white chocolate https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/blackberry-lavender-naked-cake/

  10. Happy Birthday to Noelle and happy birthday to Mom and Dad! It is also your day. Enjoy every moment as this time flies by. I am understanding that now as I send my one and only off to college.

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. So, I did the calorie count for these and it came out 30 calories each – which is not bad (for me). Now I don’t feel bad about eating 4 in one go! 😀

  11. Muffins are one of my little one’s favourite foods! I currently have 3 different kinds in the freezer but we’ll have to try these soon! She’s obsessed with crackers too (carb-a-holic!) so I’ve been experimenting with homemade cracker recipes. Egg cups with veggies, cheese and quinoa are a hit too. She hated solid food for a long time and is still picky at 18 months so I’ve gotten very creative about feeding her!

    We loved the Kick and Play piano too! We have stacking cups from Ikea and they are the best $4 I ever spent. They are getting a lot of play in the water table this summer. Noelle totally needs a water table for next year!

    1. Yes yes so many friends have recommended we get a water table. Definitely next summer! I’ve also been making healthy whole wheat pancakes for Noelle and she LOVES them– I use my whole wheat waffle recipe and replace the melted butter with unsweetened applesauce and brown sugar with coconut sugar. I’ll have to try veggie/egg cups soon!

      1. I used to feed my son sweet potato pancakes. He loved them! I don’t remember the exact recipe, but I don’t think there was in sugar in them, just naturally sweet from the sweet potato. I would make a batch and freeze them. Great finger food!

  12. Just put a batch of these in the oven and they smell soooo good. I can’t wait for my daughter to try them! Thank you for this post Sally! My daughter just turned 1 a couple weeks ago and I love when I can find recipes like this geared for babies, along with all the other great info you shared.

    1. I don’t but I have simply cooked down peeled diced apples on the stove until they’re soft enough to mash or puree before!

    1. Hi Keara! While I haven’t tried it, one reader suggested pure pumpkin puree or mashed sweet potato instead of banana. Let me know what you try!

  13. Love these muffins! I made cookies for James that were similar! Love the must have list too, I think I need to get some stackable cups for him!

  14. I am going to make these for me and my 7 month old. It’s not listed in your ingredients anyway but it’s inportant to not use honey as a sweetener for babies under 1 year 🙂

  15. Has Noelle yet enjoyed the book “Dear Zoo”? It is a classic! My son looooved that book when he was your daughter’s age.

  16. I can’t wait to make these for a new breakfast food and theyll come in handy next year as a school snack when Aislynn starts Kindergarten. (I’m in denial that they grow this fast.) My little ones favourite breaky has always been banana pancakes! One egg, half to full banana, oats and cinnamon! I top them with yogurt and berries! Try them if you haven’t already! we also love your blueberry pancakes from your SBA book! ❤️

  17. I saw the recipe this morning and knew I had to make these! They were absolutely delicious (I put apple chunks in mine and followed the recipe to a ‘t’) and they may just become a staple for mornings in my family. THANK YOU SALLY!

  18. 2 things I can’t wait to see:. What you make for your baby’s first b-day. And secondly your first pumpkin recipe this fall!! Yessss 😉

  19. I have two little’s, a toddler about to turn two and an 8th month old baby, the portable playpen has been a life saver especially the second time around. Also Giraffes Can’t Dance is one of my daughters favorites!

  20. Please tell me that Noelle has”The Very Hungry Caterpillar”? It’s a baby essential book as far as we are concerned. Apparently it’s still my husband’s favourite book, and my 23-year-old quotes the caterpillar as his hero because, “Damn, that caterpillar can eat!” 😉

  21. Made these this morning (SO easy) and my 11-month baby girl loved them! She turns one in September – do you happen to have any easy, healthy smash cake recipes? Thanks Sally!

    1. Hey Janna! I’m glad your girl approves 🙂 I don’t have any healthy smash cake recipes. I’ll likely make a small regular cake for Noelle to try bites of on her birthday. But I’m always open to finding healthier recipes, so let me know if you stumble upon one.

      A good option may be this greek yogurt zucchini bread as a 1 layer cake. I’ve made it with coconut sugar instead of agave.

  22. Sally,
    It looks like our little ones share a taste for good books! Sebastian loves your breakfast cookies as well, so I guess these muffins are what I should make next!! Thanks for free recipes.
    Bridget

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