Baby and Toddler Friendly Muffins

Since baby J started eating on his own he has become obsessed with eating EVERYTHING!  He loves loves loves Cheerios, but I’m afraid they have too much sugar so I wanted to limit the amount of cereal I gave him {I did try the healthy kamut cheerios but he hates them}.

I decided to experiment with making healthy sugar-free muffins that would be safe for babies and toddlers…and thus the Apple-Banana-Blueberry Toddler Muffin was born!

apple banana and blueberry muffins

Ingredients {makes 12 muffins}:

2 ripe bananas

1 cup of grated apple

1/4 cup of apple juice {I used juice that I made}

1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries

2 cups of flour {see below for substitutions}

1 egg

1/4 cup of melted butter

1 tbsp cinnamon

1tsp baking soda

1tsp baking powder

** Substitutions:**

all purpose flour = gluten free flour = rice flour

egg = binding agent

apple  and apple juice = crushed pineapple and pineapple juice

*note that I used all organic ingredients but you don’t have to.


1.  Preheat the oven to 370 degrees and grease a muffin tray.

2.  Mash the ripe bananas, add the melted butter, egg, apple juice and grated apple and whisk.

3.  In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and sift together.

4.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.

5.  Add the frozen blueberries.

6.  Spoon mixture into the muffin tray and bake for 30minutes or until golden brown.

**please note that because of the grated apple the inside of the muffin will be very moist!…perfect for those little guys and girls.  You can freeze half of the muffins and thaw them as needed in the microwave for 20 seconds.

apple banana and blueberry muffins

apple banana and blueberry muffins

Baby J loved every bite!

apple banana and blueberry muffins


  1. Silje McLean says

    Your recipe sounds awesome…but, lol…if you are worried about the sugar in Cheerios you are in a world of trouble Ana 😉 Seriously though, there is only 1g per cup. That being said, there is a surprisingly high amount of sodium though, especially considering that the wee ones can’t process salt like we do.

    • Bluebird Kisses says

      Yes the salt is definitely an issue too. I don’t make any food with either of those two and try as much as possible to avoid them.

  2. Silje McLean says

    Yummy sounding recipe Ana 🙂 Poor guy…if you are worried about the level of sugar in plain Cheerios (1g per cup) he is in a world of trouble, lol. Seriously though, I think the bigger problem with Cheerios is the high level of Sodium.

  3. says

    These look fantastic! I make a similar recipe that is “Blueberry-Banana” for D. Also, Whole Foods 365 brand O’s are a good option. I try not to give D too many processed foods but my rule of thumb is under 5 grams of sugar per serving. We cut out a LOT of junk that way but he still has munchies and snacks 🙂

  4. says

    Did you eat any of these? What did you, as an adult, think of them? Would they be enjoyable for adults and older kids, or are they too bland without any sugar? I’m asking because I want to make muffins that both my 9-month-old and 3-year-old can eat and enjoy. The 3-yo would like them as long as they’re moderately sweet (she’s used to somewhat “toned down” treats)–what do you think?

    • says

      Both my husband and I eat these and love them. You can cut them in half and toast them too and make them really delicious once they are a day or two old. The blueberries and apple makes it sweet enough I think. At least we love them 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. RW says

    These are REALLY good. We use mini muffin tins to make mini-muffin versions (bake for half as long). I’ve tried this recipe with fresh and with frozen berries and either way works. I think strawberry works well. We add in oats and sesame seeds. I’ve also tried mixing whole wheat flour with almond or oat flour and that is good too. The only time they came out dry may have been because I used the pineapple substitution instead of apple, or because I added too much extra oats, but usually they come out moist and delicious. So far we’ve made these 4 times…

  6. Jennifer says

    Do you think I could substitute the apple with zucchini? Our garden is ridiculous with zucchini, but maybe they won’t be sweet enough with just the juice and not both. Not that it matters, my LO puts anything in his mouth LOL

    • says

      The apple gives it the moistness. I think you can grate the zucchini but mix in a little apple juice as well. The batter should be soft enough to easily spoon but not too watery. It’s all about chemistry with baking and so much of it is trial and error

  7. Jennifer says

    Just wanted to let you know…. I just made the muffins and they’re delicious. I used zucchini instead of apples and used what I think to be about 1/2c of apple juice. I put in the 1st 1/4c and added a little at a time until I got the consistency I was looking for. Also, I used raisins instead of blueberries. They turned out great, thank you!

  8. Kryss says

    I just made these and they’re delicious! I didn’t have apples or apple juice, so I replaced them with an equal amount of apple sauce. I also added 2 tsp. vanilla extract. I can’t wait to share them with me son, thank you!

  9. Sally C says

    These are in the oven and I can’t wait to try them! I hope I will be able to share them with my 1-yr old because they sound delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  10. Kristina B says

    I made these muffins as mini muffins (more like muffin tops) and they turned out pretty well. Very spongy. I baked them for 15 min. I used blended oatmeal in lieu of the flower to make it a bit healthier. I was also considering whole wheat flour. I also threw in a few raspberries with the blueberries. My son hasen´t taken to them yet, but maybe its because he is still a bit young. I guess that means more for us until he jumps on the “big kid” train.

  11. Julie says

    I made these as mini muffins as well and substituted grated apples for grated carrots. I also added 1/4 cup applesauce because my batter seemed too thick as as well as adding some pumpkin pie spice. Cooked mini muffins for 20 minutes and they came out great! 🙂 my 10 month old loved them. I wanted to pin these but I don’t see a place to pin just this recipe? Thanks for sharing!

  12. Nanci says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I just took them out of the oven 🙂 I made mini muffins for my 11-month old and it made about 3 dozen. They are so so so good and so healthy! I used white whole wheat flour this time, and I think I will try subbing some oat flour next time just to see how they turn out.

    FYI, my daughter loves cereal, too. We give her Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs and she loves those…and I love that they are whole grains.

    Thanks again! I’m excited to have my daughter try one for breakfast 🙂

  13. Kim S says

    So, my 7-month-old REFUSES to eat any food that is mushy… forget about pureed fruits and veggies! 🙁 … I’d love to try these muffins, they sound great! I’m just wondering if you think the recipe is safe for her age. I was told that babies at her age shouldn’t be eating eggs yet (b/c of the egg-whites). Do you think I could use just the yolks?

    • says

      Hi Kim, is she chewing her food already? I think Johannes started eating them pretty early in little chunks that I would break off. Try making it with egg yolks or just take out the eggs all together and substitute with more grated apples

  14. Megan says

    I made these muffins for my 10 month old son and he loves them and so does my husband and I. I added shredded carrots and orange juice instead of apple juice. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Chantal says

    Just finnished baking and they are great!

    I changed to make healithier 1 cup flour and 1 cup rolled oats.

    I didn’t have apple juice so changed to milk.

    My son has an egg allergy so took the egg out and added a bit more apple peel and water.

    My 16 month old just finnished and was most happy.

    Will be making again!

  16. Kelley says

    Txt great receipe – used whole wheat flour (1.5 cups). Grated a pear rather than apple and deleted butter. Replaced with a purée of apple sauce / papaya I had sitting around (about 2 tbspn). A home run for my twins 🙂

  17. Kim B. says

    These are great! I was a little concerned because the dough was so stiff, but they turned out well. My 15 month old son loves them. Thank you! More no sugar no salt recipes, please! They are so hard to find.

  18. Kaylee says

    these are in the oven right now, they smell awesome!! Just made the batter with my 12 month old strapped to me, it was a fun activity for us :)) can’t wait to try them! Thanks for a healthy recipe 🙂

  19. sharmila says

    My son’s nanny made these muffins….they were simply delicious!everyone loved it!my son went on eating them!he just turned one and i was looking to introduce some sugar free recipes to start with.thank u so much!!!

  20. Angela says

    finally a good sugar gree recipe that doesnt taste like cardboard! My son and husband and of course myself loves these!! I make them every week it seems – change the fruit up so it keeps them new and exciting – delish!

  21. jen says

    Just wanted to say that I have made these MULTIPLE times and my daughter LOVES them! (so does mommy, too!) I use half oatmeal and half flour to make it a bit healthier. And we use at least double the amount of blueberries. My 14 month old has been eating them for a couple months now and DEVOURS them. I’ve passed your recipe onto several other new mommies! It’s great to get a filling, dense, NUTRITIOUS snack that gets them full of fruit or veggies (if you use carrots) and isn’t yet another processed snack. Thanks!

  22. Meg says

    Made these today as have been craving muffins for a while but want to stay on track with the healthy eating. This were perfect and and so yummy!! will be making these again that’s for sure! Thank you so much x

  23. Jessica A says

    I have to say, despite my love for Pinterest and discovering new meals that we cook/bake and love, i’m terrible about going back to comment about the end result. However, these were so incredibly perfect that I knew I needed to thank you.
    So, yes, “Thank you!” 🙂
    I turned these into mini-muffins and cut the time in half, and used water instead of apple juice (because i didn’t have any) and these were seriously perfection. My daughter loves them for her weekday breakfasts, and I love them as a GD-Friendly snack! I am making a double batch this weekend to freeze. Thanks again!

  24. Sherry says

    I made these using up some left over baby cereal instead of flour and I used coconut oil instead of butter a my little guy has a milk protein sensitivity.


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