Monday, March 18, 2013

Healthy toddler oatmeal banana muffins

I'm always on the lookout for healthy, homemade breakfast ideas for my toddler.  Juliet has pumpkin oatmeal cookies a couple times a week but I wanted to mix things up a bit with a good muffin recipe.

After a lot of searching I found an awesome recipe for toddler muffins.  It was a great recipe to start, but I modified it a bit to make it even better (in my opinion).  The recipe has no flour or sugar and still tastes great.

The muffins are insanely easy to make.  One caveat is that you do need a regular sized food processor to whip these up, but if you have one you are set.  All the ingredients get thrown into the bowl of the food processor and it eliminates making a huge mess in the kitchen (which I am known for).

My favorite part of the recipe is taking oats and grounding them into a flour consistency.  So cool.
Cute mini muffin liners help spruce these up.  You can also make them right in a muffin tin, just be sure to spray first to avoid sticking.  
Oatmeal banana muffins (recipe inspired by Examiner blog)

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
2 extra ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/3 cup pure maple syrup (I use organic from Trader Joes)
1/4 cup wheat germ (totally optional)
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin with spray or butter or use muffin liners.

Using a food processor, grind oats until fine. They should have the consistency of flour.

Add all other ingredients, and pulse until the batter has a smooth consistency.

Distribute batter evenly in the muffin tin or liners (fill about 2/3 full). Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the tops gently bounce back when touched and a toothpick comes out of center of a muffin clean. Juliet was a fan of the muffins.  She had one for lunch yesterday and I could tell she really liked having her own mini muffin to eat like a big girl.  She took little bites and ate the whole thing.  Here she is drinking out of our favorite straw Lollacup.  We went straight to the straw cups because Juliet is a pro at drinking from a straw and the sippie cup didn't come as easy to her.  I've read that straw cups are better for speech development and there are other benefits as well (read the article here).  Juliet still drinks whole milk mixed with breastmilk at daycare from bottles, but I'm hoping to get rid of bottles in the next month or so.

Here is a list of typical breakfast items Juliet enjoys (I find these lists help because I often struggle with what to make for meals and like to see what others do):

Pancakes (typically make with fruit puree or mashed bananas for added nutrition)
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blueberries
Green grapes
Pureed prunes (I get the non-sorbate organic prunes from Trader Joes, boil them until they are soft and them puree in a blender) with organic whole milk, full fat plain yogurt
Pureed prunes with whole grain oatmeal (we use Earth's Best)
Scrambled eggs
Fried eggs (with the yolks completely cooked and hard)
Smoothies (Juliet adores smoothies and I typically make them with plain yogurt, frozen berries, a small amount of spinach and whole milk or almond milk)
Pumpkin oatmeal cookies
Organic fruit pouches (when we are in a hurry)
Hashbrowns or breakfast potatoes (only on the weekends)

I'm so happy I gave these muffins a try and now have a freezer stocked for easy breakfasts.

9 comments:

  1. Yum, these muffins look good. You are a good mommy. Juliet eats such a variety of delicous, healthy food!

    Katie

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  2. Can I eat these even if I'm not a toddler? ;)

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  3. yummy! aaw, what sweet pics :) you're such a good mom!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  4. These sound delicious and very healthy! I'll definitely add this to our breakfast mix.

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  5. Ashley - definitely yes! I would add chocolate chips!

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  6. when you saw they are in the freezer, do you mean the batter or the cooked muffins?

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  7. Kristin - the baked muffins freeze well.

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  8. Looks very yummy and healthy.Can't wait to make it for my little girl who is 14 months old!

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  9. Tried this for my 18 month old son a few weekends back and on our second batch this weekend, since he loved it so much! I don't like feeding him sweet, unhealthy snacks so this was a great way to feed him something I know is a much healthier alternative and also he helped pour all the ingredients in there bowl and the batter in the muffin cases. Great activity to do together!

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