My all-time favorite 15 healthy muffin recipes for toddlers and babies! Filled with fruits, veggies, oats, whole grains, and healthy fats, these 15 muffins for little ones are as healthy as they are tasty!

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Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Muffins for Baby + Toddler

Muffins are such a great food for both babies 👶 and toddlers 👧!

They are easy to hold and self-feed and can be served for breakfast, lunch, snack time either at home or on the go and even as a sweet treat.

The muffins for toddlers and babies below are filled with wholesome ingredients and have either fruit and/or a veggie inside! There are traditional Applesauce Muffins, flavorful Healthy Pumpkin Muffins, easy Cranberry Yogurt Blender Muffins, as well as a couple of fun twists on the muffin – Breakfast Egg Muffins and Baked Oatmeal Cups. If you are looking for even more amazing muffin recipes, then be sure to check out my best-selling cookbook for more ideas!

In this post you will find:

  1. Reasons to Love Muffins for Baby and Toddlers
  2. What age can my baby have muffins?
  3. Can you Freeze Muffins?
  4. Muffins for Baby
  5. Muffins for Toddlers
  6. Tips
  7. Recipes
  8. Helpful Tools

Reasons to Love Muffins for Baby and Toddlers

  • can come in mini handheld sizes, which are great for small hands
  • great solid food that baby and toddler can feed themselves
  • perfect for baby, toddler, kids, and even you!
  • ideal for baby-led weaning
  • freezer-friendly
  • filled with wholesome ingredients
  • most have fruits and/or veggies inside
  • great for picky eaters

What age can my baby have muffins?

Usually, babies can start eating muffins anywhere between 6-9 months. Since muffins are soft and tender, they make the perfect solid food for baby-led weaning. You want to make that for kids under 2, there’s no added sugar (or very low) and they have only a very small amount of salt added. You can serve mini muffins whole, cut in half, or in small pieces for baby to work on their pincer grasp.

Can you Freeze Muffins?

Yes! This is why I love making muffins for my baby and toddler so much! You make a batch, keep half on the counter or the fridge to serve during the week and then freeze the other half for later meals or snacks.

Muffins for Baby

These muffins are great for babies to eat! They are tender and soft and are easy for baby to hold and eat by themselves. You can serve these whole, cut in half or into small pieces for them to pick up.

Muffins for Toddlers

Besides the entire list of muffins above, these muffins are also great for toddlers! The difference is that these muffins have the addition of refined sugar, which you can always substitute maple syrup for if you prefer.

Tips

  • Don’t Overmix: make sure you mix ingredients until they are just combined, do not over mix. Over mixing will produce dense and short muffins.
  • Freeze Some: muffins are great to have in the freezer as they make a great quick option for breakfast, snacks, or lunch. To re-heat, simply pull the muffins out of the freezer the night before you want to serve them or pop a muffin or two in the microwave and heat in 20-second intervals until slightly warm.
  • Grease or Line the Muffin Tin: if you are making mini muffins, be sure to line or grease the muffin tin really well to prevent sticking.
  • Add-ins: feel free to switch up or add in small pieces of fruit, nuts, and seeds as you see fit for your baby or toddler’s age. There are many great options to add to these muffins to keep your little one interested in them and for them to try new ingredients.

Healthy Mini Pumpkin Muffins

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Healthy Mini Pumpkin Muffins

5 stars (9 ratings)
These mini pumpkin muffins are the perfect treat for the fall! Quick and easy to make, they are a hit with toddlers and kids, and the adults too! Made with no refined sugar they are a healthy and delicious snack!
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Applesauce Mini Muffins

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Applesauce Mini Muffins

5 stars (5 ratings)
These muffins are perfectly wholesome and delicious muffins for toddler and kids! Made with white whole wheat flour, applesauce and a big spoonful of cinnamon for the ultimate muffin your little one will devour.
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Avocado Blueberry Mini Muffins

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Blueberry Avocado Mini Muffins

5 stars (8 ratings)
These Blueberry Avocado Mini Muffins are loaded with fruit, healthy fats, and whole grains. Their mini size makes them perfect for small baby and toddler hands, and they are great for baby-led weaning. Yum!
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Lemon Blueberry Toddler Muffins

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Lemon Blueberry Toddler Muffins

5 stars (4 ratings)
These Healthy Lemon Blueberry Muffins are the perfect breakfast, snack or even a treat for your toddler or big kid!
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Spiced Sweet Potato Mini Muffins

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Spiced Sweet Potato Mini Muffins for Baby + Toddler

5 stars (4 ratings)
These mini muffins are moist and tender and absolutely perfect for baby’s first muffin.
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3 Blender Muffin Recipes

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Blender Muffin Recipes

5 stars (5 ratings)
These 3 Fall Blender Muffin Recipes are beyond moist, tender, and taste and maybe most importantly, super easy to make! It takes just five minutes of prep to make these healthy mini muffins for your toddler and kids.
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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

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Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

5 stars (3 ratings)
These Allergy-Friendly Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins for Toddlers + Kids are about to rock your world! Not only are they gluten, dairy and nut free but they are beyond delicious and kids of all ages will eat them up! They are perfect as a quick breakfast, for a snack or to pack in a lunch to take to school.
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APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS

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APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS

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These wholesome kid-friendly Apple Cinnamon Muffins are filled with whole wheat, fiber-rich apples, pecans, dried cranberries and heart-healthy olive oil.
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Breakfast Egg Muffins

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Breakfast Egg Muffins for Baby, Toddler + Kids

4.88 stars (8 ratings)
A filling and nutritious breakfast for your baby, toddler, and kids that are perfect for on-the-go eating. They can even be frozen and reheated for a quick breakfast. Great for Baby-Led Weaning!
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Spinach Mini Muffins

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Grinch Mini Muffins for Baby + Toddler

5 stars (6 ratings)
Made with no added sugar and packed with spinach – these muffins can be served for breakfast, lunch, snack or even an age-appropriate dessert!
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Baked Oatmeal Cups

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4 Baked Oatmeal Cups for Baby, Toddler + Kids

4.92 stars (12 ratings)
These allergy-friendly Baked Oatmeal Cups are about to make your crazy mornings a whole lot easier (and more delicious)!
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Helpful Tools

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Get the recipe: 15 Healthy Toddler & Baby Muffin Recipes: Applesauce Muffins & More

5 stars (2 ratings)
These wholesome kid-friendly Applesauce Mini Muffins are filled with whole wheat, applesauce and heart-healthy olive oil. Plus, find 14 other healthy muffin recipes for your little ones in this post!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup flour see notes
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup applesauce, no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup butter or oil (olive, coconut, avocado)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Line or spray a mini muffin pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • In the same large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Gently fold the ingredients together until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups until 2/3 the way full. I use a cookie scoop which works great for mini muffins.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until just golden brown.
  • Let cool.
  • You can serve as is, or coat in the cinnamon-sugar topping.
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter. In another small bowl, mix together the sugar and the cinnamon.
  • Take a cooled muffin and dip it into the butter and then roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture until well coated. Repeat with all of the muffins.

Notes

Age: 1 year and up
Storage: You can store these muffins in a loosely covered container on the counter for up to 4 days. These muffins freeze beautifully! To freeze, place the muffins in an air-tight container, zip-lock baggie or stasher bag and then place in the freezer for up to 2 months. To thaw, simply leave the muffins on the counter overnight.
Notes on Flour: you can use white whole wheat, all-purpose, a gluten-free one for one blend, or half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour for this recipe.

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