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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


  • 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*


  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.


  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.


  1. Hi, Sally! If I wanted to use this recipe for a healthier smash cake for a first birthday, how would I adapt it? I want to make 2-3 4-inch cake pans for a small layer cake.

  2. I have some leftover baby iron-fortified oat-grain cereal that I’m looking to use. Would that work in place of the oats? (would be great for those looking to add more iron into their little-ones diets too!) Thanks!!

  3. I had to comment on this since I was reading and thinking, this is excatly how my child is and to top it all- our baby girl is also named Noelle 😉 and she is our miracle baby who is turning one in Dec. I can’t wait to make these and let her try them. Thank you!

  4. My one year old devoured these! And they contain so much fruit! I tried them and they’re a great bite size snack for adults too.

  5. Hi Sally,

    I just tried the recipe this morning, and oh my my, they came out really well!!!! Thank you for sharing this 🙂 🙂 much love.

  6. My daughter loves these muffins!! I’ve tried them a few different ways now. I was thinking of adding some powdered peanut butter like PB2. Any tips on how to add that while keeping the integrity of the muffin? Or how much to add? Any tips would be appreciated 🙂 thank you!

    1. Hi Ali! You could add 1 Tbsp of pb2 powder without changing anything in the recipe. If you want more, I would slightly reduce the oats. I haven’t tested anything, so let me know what you try!

  7. Just finished making my 3rd batch of these muffins! You’re right…this recipe is a goldmine! My 17 month old and 4 year old devour them! I appreciate that they’re quick and easy to put together. I like having fruit bursting in every bite, so I add just a tad more fruit, sometimes even adding a few pieces on top. I also fill the muffin tins to the tippy top (even a bit overflowing), which yields 14 mini muffins. We will surely be making these over and over again. Thanks, Sally, for the goldmine recipe!

  8. I can definitely attest, babies love these. Or at least mine does. I’ve made them a few times with different add-ins, and he’s always a fan. The rest of the fam likes them too! I make them as regular-size muffins, and they turn out great.

  9. Hi Sally!
    I usually come to you for cupcake and cookie recipes but love that you are sharing baby friendly recipes as well! I was wondering what your thoughts are on using steel cut oats instead of the old fashioned, since they would be ground up anyway? I usually make my 9 month old oatmeal with ground up steel cut oats and it cooks fairly quickly when its broken down to powder. Thanks in advance and happy holidays!!

    1. Hey Kari! Steel cut oats would be perfectly fine because, you’re right, they’ll be ground up anyway. Let me know how your little one likes the muffins. 🙂 Happy holidays to you as well!

  10. I have oat flour that I’d like to use for these. Do you think it’s the same measurement as the oats or do I use less since it’s already in flour form?

  11. Hi Sally,

    Thanks for creating and posting this healthy recipe! I tried this one with maple syrup and it turned out great; I plan on making these regular sized muffins for a daily work snack. Question on getting rid of the “sugar” element (2 or 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar, maple syrup, or other desired sugar). Could I omit sugar all together and use vanilla extract instead? If so, do you have any recommendations on the amount of vanilla extract?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Ella! You can remove the sugar completely, but the muffins will taste a bit bland. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract would be a flavorful addition though!

  12. I just made these today, huge success! There are no kids in my household, but they taste great to us adults as well! My better half immediately requested the normal sized version 😉 I only added one tablespoon of maple syrup and would probably use even less next time, I found the banana and apple juice already added a lot of sweetness. Oh, and I added dried cranberries. Thanks for this recipe, so good, so easy and it’s even healthy-ish 🙂

    1. I also made these and ate all of them (even though I intended them to be for my 14 month old, they were too yummy to not enjoy myself). I added 2.5 tbs of maple syrup and also would have just left out the sweetener completely since the banana and apple made the muffins sweet enough!
      Thanks for the delicious recipe. Will definitely be making these often!

    1. I’m unsure of the nutritional info of this recipe, but there are many great online calculators like this one:

  13. Delicious! I used 3 tbsp maple syrup and they were plenty sweet. Made some without chopped fruit (for my son…texture problems!), and some with frozen diced blueberries. My 3 girls (9, 5 and 1) and I all loves them!

  14. Hi Sally,

    Is this ok to use quick oats instead of old fashioned oats? Does it make any difference?

    Also, do you have other healthy recipes for babies? I love the idea of baking healthy snacks for my little one!!

    1. Hi Akiko! You can use quick oats since they’re just being blended up anyway! Makes no difference at all. Here are all of my healthier recipes:

      My daughter LOVES this baked oatmeal.

      1. Hi Sally,
        I made this muffin withquick oats and they’re so delicious! I realized the batter is quick and hard to spoon the batter. Just a bit messy. Do you have any techniques to spoon the batter into muffin tin?

      2. You can always use a piping bag like you would with frosting, or even a plastic ziplock bag and cut the corner off to “pipe” the batter into the tins!

  15. My daughter has been eating one every day for the past month and she is turning 1 year old this week. I love that these are portable, freeze and defrost well, and are super healthy for my baby girl… plus she absolutely loves them!

  16. I finally got around to making these for my one year old today, but she has either an oat allergy or oat intolerance (I have to take her for an allergy test next month and I’m dreading it!!) so I used 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour and they turned out great! Unfortunately she’s being a bit of a fussy eater lately and isn’t eating things like pancakes, muffins, bread. I think she’s being weird about the textures lol but I’m going to keep trying to get her to eat them. I will freeze most of them but also keep a couple around for myself 😉
    These are super yummy and crazy quick to make!! Thanks Sally!

  17. Sally this is a total mom recipe and I LOVE it! I love that it’s all made in the blender for minimal cleanup. I love the mini muffin size. Most importantly I love that my son shovels it in his mouth as fast as his not quite coordinated fingers will go. And it’s healthy. It wins in every category

  18. The recipe looks amazing and super simple. I’m planning to make it for my 10months old daughter. I haven’t introduced her to sugar yet. Can I omit it and if yes then would you suggest I replace it with something else?

  19. I just made these with shredded carrot as the mix-in and they came out great!

    This is my second time making them, I love that they don’t have any common allergens, and they freeze well!

    I doubled the recipe hoping to fill two regular sized muffin tins but it didn’t quite. Next time maybe I’ll do 2.5x or triple.

    1. Also, the second time I forgot the 5 mins at higher temp, and baked them at 350 the whole time, and I think they came out better. ‍♀️

  20. I made these this morning and I’m not sure if I made a mistake, but all I could taste was baking soda/powder. I followed the recipe exactly. I’m a professional baker, so when I was reading the recipe I thought to myself that it sounded like a lot of leavening, but I always try a recipe as written when I do it for the first time. I have just remade them using 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp baking powder. This new batch still leaves me feeling like I just ate a spoonful of baking soda. I don’t understand. What am I doing wrong?

  21. Would love to make these but my blender just broke! Anyway I could make these without one? Maybe if I used flour instead? Or could I maybe use a food processor?

    1. Hi Jessica! I personally haven’t tried a substitute for eggs, but a flax egg substitute or applesauce typically work as subs for eggs in muffins. Either should be fine here.

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