Here are my top healthy muffins for babies and toddlers all in one place! They are easy to make with wholesome ingredients and without added sugar. Super soft and moist, these baby muffins are the perfect finger food.
Reasons to love these Homemade Muffins
- Made with simple ingredients
- Packed with nutritious ingredients, like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats.
- Have a soft texture, making them easy to eat
- Perfect for little hands - great for baby led weaning.
- A great way to introduce and sustain exposure to the common allergens
- Developed by a pediatric registered dietitian (that's me!) to include important nutrients
- Freezes beautifully.
- Be sure to make extra because these will be a hit with the entire family
Tips for Serving Muffins to Babies and Toddlers
If looking for that perfect first muffin, you've come to the right place!
For children under 2, it is best to avoid added sugar. Along the same lines, try to avoid those that are overly sweet. You can learn more in this post - I explain one of the most common questions - which foods to introduce first, fruits or vegetables.
These fruit-sweetened muffins are subtly sweet, and I believe you'll really appreciate my veggie-loaded savory muffins as well!
If you're struggling to get your toddler to eat their vegetables, try baking these with them! Cooking together has so many benefits, including increased willingness to try new/disliked foods.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! They are the perfect first finger foods. You just want to make sure that the texture is soft and moist, which all of the recipes included here are.
For 6-8 month olds, you can serve these muffins halved or whole. Sounds counterintuitive, but it's better and safer to go bigger in food size at this age. You can also use a mini muffin pan and serve the mini muffins whole.
For 9+ month olds, you can cut into bite-sized pieces so your baby can practice their pincer grasp. I do recommend continuing to serve big pieces of food so your baby can learn to take bites.
As soon as they're ready to start solids, which is usually around 6 months of age. If you are unsure whether your baby is developmentally ready, grab my FREE handout.
The main concern is their sodium content. However, they are necessary for muffins to rise properly.
Keep in mind that the amount listed is for the ENTIRE batch and your baby will only have a small portion at a time. So in my opinion, yes it's fine.
I personally love to flash freeze muffins and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or air tight container.
Thaw in the fridge overnight and enjoy straight from the fridge or at room temperature. You can also microwave briefly, no more than 30 seconds. Otherwise they will get too soggy as the muffins are already pretty moist.
Sweet Baby Muffins
All of these muffins are made without refined sugar. My go-to ingredients are mashed bananas and unsweetened applesauce.
I also love to add Greek yogurt for a boost of protein, fat, calcium, and vitamin D. It also helps make the muffins soft.
If you have older kids, feel free to add some maple syrup or chocolate chips.
And if your baby has an egg allergy, I offer suggestions for substitutions as well!
While this is a cake recipe, you can totally turn it into muffins!
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Who can resist this classic combo? Made without eggs and dairy, these are an allergy-friendly hit!
Savory Muffins for Babies
More veggie-loaded muffins
If you're looking for more savoury vegetable muffins for babies and kids, you're going to love my second e-cookbook! Here are some examples.
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