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!
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:
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
- 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.
- Healthy Mini Pumpkin Muffins (omit the chocolate chips)
- Spiced Sweet Potato Mini Muffins
- Spinach Mini Muffins
- Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- Cranberry Yogurt Muffins
- Apple Cinnamon Blender Muffins
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal Muffins
- Antioxidant Powerhouse Oatmeal Muffins
- PB&J Oatmeal Muffins
- Almond Blueberry
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.
- Applesauce Mini Muffins
- Lemon Blueberry Toddler Muffins
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
- Avocado Blueberry Mini Muffins
- 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.
15 Healthy Toddler & Baby Muffin Recipes: Applesauce Muffins & More
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 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.