Toddler Food: Toddler Muffins (The Whole Family Will Love)
I originally started using this recipe when my children were smaller, to use up leftover baby food puree’s I had stored in the freezer. Now that my children are at school this muffin recipe is still a favourite –it makes a great lunchbox staple, and I can whip them up quickly even when I’m time poor, or don’t have suitable fresh fruit or vegetables on hand. Unlike store bought snacks – I know exactly what has gone into these home-made muffins, so there are no nasty preservatives or colours – just “the good stuff!”
Toddler Muffins Recipe
1 cup of wholemeal flour
1 cup of quick cook oats
1 banana (mashed)
1 medium avocado (mashed)
½ cup canola oil
1/3 cup of brown sugar (or to taste)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Heinz baby food pouch/tin or jar
Tip: The great thing about this recipe is that it works just as well with the vegetable purees as it does with the fruit. When using vegetable baby food puree’s omit the brown sugar and add a small pinch of salt instead (or to taste). The great thing about the puree’s is that fussy eaters won’t even know that they are eating their fruits and veggies – and you can relax knowing that they are!
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl
Line a muffin tin with muffin cases and divide the mixture into the cases. I have used a normal sized muffin tray, but a mini tray is perfect for toddlers.
Cook for 20 mins (or until firm). (Mini muffins will need to be cooked for a shorter time due to their smaller size.)
You’ll see that my preferred brand to use is Heinz. That is because Heinz is the only wet baby food manufacturer in Australia to have its own specialised food facility, which is located in Echuca, country Victoria. This gives Heinz far greater control over the manufacturing process at every stage, enabling them to ensure their products are of the highest quality.
Where possible Heinz source their ingredients from right here in Australia – which is also important to me. Their apples, pears and peaches come from the Goulbourn Valley, their farm fresh pumpkins are from country Victoria, and all meats are from trusted suppliers throughout Australia.
Heinz infant meals are steam cooked
Water is used during the cooking process to ensure Heinz deliver the right consistency and flavour throughout the whole range. After cooking, all of the Heinz Infant jars, cans, and pouches are heat sealed, locking in the flavours and preventing the need for preservatives!
I also love the fact that Heinz have a team of nutritionist mums. They have a clear foundation of knowledge of how important it is that healthy eating habits are formed early in life, and are passionate about making every meal recipe yummy and healthy.
As mums themselves they understand that we only want our babies and children to have ‘the
- 1 cup of wholemeal flour
- 1 cup of quick cook oats
- 1 banana (mashed)
- 1 medium avocado (mashed)
- ½ cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar (or to taste)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Heinz baby food pouch/tin or jar
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl
- Line a muffin tin with muffin cases and divide the mixture into the cases. I have used a normal sized muffin tray, but a mini tray is perfect for toddlers.
- Cook for 20 mins (or until firm). (Mini muffins will need to be cooked for a shorter time due to their smaller size.)
For more information about the Heinz baby range visit the Heinz website or their Facebook page.
Have you ever tried using baby food in your cooking/baking?