Healthy Baby Oat Muffins

Made with just a few simple ingredients, these Healthy Baby Oat Muffins are a perfect first muffin to give to your baby or toddler. They’re made mini, with just a few ingredients and they are perfect for little hands.

Baby muffins with different add-ins.

Baby’s 1st Muffins!

These muffins, made primarily from oat flour (or oats) are the perfect first muffin to give to a baby or toddler. They’re made with just a few simple ingredients, and it’s very easy to customize the muffins by adding in some flavors, such as fruit or fruit purees. Little hands will find these mini muffins easy to hold and have fun eating!

They’re also free from refined sugar (and contain only a total of 1 tablespoon of maple syrup), dairy-free and optionally egg-free too!

Oat flour muffin batter.

Ingredients Needed

  • Oat Flour
  • Apple Sauce (or Fruit/Veggie Puree Pouches or Yogurt)
  • Oat Milk (or Milk-of-chouce)
  • Egg
  • Maple Syrup
  • Avocado Oil (or Coconut Oil or Butter)
  • Baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • Optional Add-Ins

How to Customize It

This main recipe itself here is very plain. It’s just a minimal oat flour muffin recipe. But what makes this great is that you can add in some fruit, or a puree to it and turn it into something special for your little one. These muffins already call for applesauce or another baby puree in the base recipe, but it also leaves room to add in about 1/4 cup of another flavored add-in, such as chopped fruit or veggies. Here are some examples of what you could add to this muffin recipe:

  • frozen wild blueberries
  • shredded peeled apple
  • shredded carrot
  • 1/2 smashed banana
  • pumpkin puree
  • any baby food puree (think pouches!)
  • diced strawberries
  • diced peaches
  • diced cherries

In addition, you can also add a few nutrient dense ingredients to the top of the muffin, for some added taste and texture for your little one:

  • whole oats
  • flaxseed
  • sesame seeds
  • hemp hearts
Mini oat muffins in a muffin tin.

What Kind of Oat Flour to Use?

You can buy pre-made oat flour (which is our top choice for all of our oat flour recipes), or you can make your own oat flour, or you can make this recipe using just oats that are blended up with the wet ingredients in a blender until smooth. See notes in the recipe for how to do this.

How to Store these Mini Oat Muffins

These muffins will keep at room temperature for two days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, depending on the type of fruit that you use. If you are adding in something very moist, like fresh strawberries or peaches, store in the refrigerator right away.

These muffins also freeze well, depending on the type of add-in. An add-in with a higher moisture content, like strawberries, won’t freeze quite as well. So if you are planning to make them for freezing, stick with the plain oat muffin, or an add-in that doesn’t have too much moisture.

Healthy baby muffins with many variations.

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Healthy Baby Oat Muffins

Baby muffins with different add-ins.

Made with just a few simple ingredients, these Healthy Baby Oat Muffins are a perfect first muffin to give to your baby or toddler. They’re made mini, perfect for little hands, and with minimal ingredients.

  • Author: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 00:10
  • Cook Time: 00:18
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Mini Muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup smooth unsweetened apple sauce (see note for other options)
  • 1/4 cup oat milk
  • 1 egg (see note for egg free option)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons avocado oil, or melted coconut oil or butter
  • ½ cup, plus 2 tablespoons (75 grams) oat flour
  • 11/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ cup add-ins: grated carrot, grated apple, ½ smashed banana, blueberries, etc

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a 12 cup mini muffin tin with silicone or parchment paper liners. Then spray the liners with a cooking spray, such as this avocado spray.
  2. In a large bowl add apple sauce, milk, egg, maple syrup and avocado oil and whisk together. 
  3. Add oat flour, baking powder and salt and mix with a spatula until smooth.
  4. If you are using add-ins, fold them in now.
  5. Fill each muffin cup about ¾ full.
  6. Bake in the middle rack for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when touched

Notes

You can swap the applesauce here for greek yogurt or a baby food puree/pouch. Just be mindful about how the puree tastes since that flavor will likely come through in the final muffin. 

Want to make this without the egg? Increase the amount of milk to 1/3 cup, and add in 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Mix together the wet first, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes while the flaxseed hydrates.

Want to make a few different types of muffins at once? Divide the batter and then fold in your optional add-ins, then bake! The total recipe requires about 1/4 cup of add-ins, so if you are dividing the batter up, you’ll need a bit less.

Make sure you are using a mini muffin tin for this recipe and not a full-sized muffin tin. 

Want to make this in a blender? Go for it. The recipe works just the same made in a blender as it does whisking it.

If you don’t have oat flour, you can make this recipe by blending up 1/3 cup oats with the wet ingredients in a blender.

Keywords: Baby Oat Muffins

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July 5, 2021

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2 Responses

  1. These are great! Really simple to make and quick to put together; not overly sweet at all. I attempted to make the pumpkin ones and wasn’t sure if I did it correctly— does the pumpkin count as the 1/4 “add-in” at the end, or does it replace the 1/4 applesauce in the beginning? I did the former and they were still a bit moist after 20 min.

  2. I’ve made these twice now and they’re great. Super easy and delicious. The first time I didn’t have oat flour so I used whole wheat flour and for add-ins I did chopped banana and blueberry. They were okay, not very sweet but my 11 month old daughter loved them … but tonight I used oat flour and I mashed the banana and kept the blueberries whole and they’re so good! The mashed banana makes them sweeter and the blueberries exploded and give a great flavour. Will be making these again and again!

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