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 baby apple banana oat 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

We had a difficult time introducing chunkier solids to our daughter. 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. She doesn’t eat anything quicker. This recipe is a goldmine.

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

These Apple Banana Oat Muffins Are:

  • Healthy and wholesome
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Made with real ingredients– no preservatives
  • Loaded with fruits and oats
  • Made without flour
  • Gluten free if using certified GF oats
  • Delicious for adults too!
  • Adaptable with plenty of substitution suggestions
  • Freezer-friendly

And, as a busy parent, you’ll be happy to know that these 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

How to Make Baby Muffins

As a parent, I appreciate how quick and easy these muffins are to make, and know you will too. If you’re using muffin liners, spray the muffin liners before filling with batter to keep the liners from sticking to the muffins. Simply place all of the ingredients in a blender in the order listed (see full recipe), except for the 3/4 cup of add-ins. Blend until combined, then stir in the add-ins. Divide evenly between muffin liners, top with a few oats– just for looks, and bake. I like to make a batch of these on the weekends to have on hand throughout the week– mixing up what add-ins I use based on what we have around.

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!

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

Possible Ingredient Substitutions

This blender muffin recipe can be easily customized to incorporate ingredients your baby/toddler loves. Here are some ingredient substitutions I’ve tried with great success:

  • Applesauce: Instead of applesauce, use plain yogurt or your baby’s favorite fruit or veggie puree.
  • Banana: Instead of a banana, use 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree.
  • Coconut Sugar: Instead of coconut sugar, use maple syrup or any other desired sweetener.
  • Add Ins: Use a combination of your baby’s favorite fruits like finely diced apples or pears, blueberries, or strawberries. I made the pictured muffins with finely diced apple and blueberries. Apples get nice and soft, but the blueberries can be a bit messy with little self-feeding hands.

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, and 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. Our daughter 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.

Keywords: baby apple banana oat muffins, baby muffins, blender muffins

206 Comments

  1. Brittany Audra @ Audra’s Appetite says:

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

    1. Thank you so much!

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

    1. 🙂 me too! ALL the baby things, please!

  3. Why is there a * after sugar and berries? I can’t find the explanation for it.

    1. In the recipe notes!

  4. Maida Mudassar says:

    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!

  5. Ijeoma Verberckmoes says:

    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!

    1. We love it. It’s been her main spot for hanging out 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. We LOVE the rock and play as does our baby! He always falls asleep quickly even when fussy.

    1. It’s the best!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

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

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

    1. Enjoy, Paige!

  11. 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/

    1. Such a beautiful cake!! Love her stuff!

  12. 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 sweet, thank you Iliana! You’re right, time does fly by – trying to savor every minute!

  13. Made and already ate 4! don’t judge please!

    1. I’m so happy you tried the recipe! Yay!!

    2. 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! 😀

  14. 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!

  15. 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. Happy birthday to your baby girl! I hope she loves the muffins. Thanks for trying them!

      1. She loves them! I am definitely keeping the freezer stocked with these!

  16. instead of store bought apple sauce do you have a recipe of a home made one?

    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!

  17. Is there anything you can use to substitute for the banana? thanks sally!

    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!

      1. Thanks Sally! I’ll give it a try and let you know

  18. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    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!

  19. Can I give this muffins to my nine months baby girl too?

    1. If she’s eating solids and can have all of the ingredients! If you are unsure please consult your pediatrician.

  20. 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 🙂

    1. Yep, exactly. I like using coconut sugar. I hope you both enjoy them!

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

    1. I don’t have that one! Thanks for the suggestion!

  22. Melissa Downie says:

    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! ❤️

  23. 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!

    1. Thank YOU for trying the recipe and sharing. Appreciate it!

  24. 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 😉

  25. 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!

  26. 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!” 😉

    1. She does! It’s definitely a classic!!

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. Thank you! Wonderful simple recipe! I used Greek yogurt and applesauce. Tasted great!

  30. Does the applesauce have to be unsweetened?

    1. Sweetened or unsweetened, whichever you’d like! I like unsweetened because they muffins may be overly sweet with sweetened.

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