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I’m always looking for new healthy ways to feed my toddler. She is a bottomless pit and always on the go. Muffins are an easy and tasty snack that she always enjoys. These healthy banana muffins are a nutritious option that I feel good about making for her over and over again.
Healthy Banana Muffins Recipe
I know, healthy muffins sound like an oxymoron. If you’re a health nut like me, it has been engraved into our heads that muffins are never healthy. However, after toying with many different recipes and tweaking it over time, I have found ways to make delicious, hearty, healthy muffins.
The best part about these muffins is there are endless ways to modify the recipe and to substitute your favorite fruits and veggies or modify for allergies and dietary preferences (paleo, vegan, nut-free, etc).
Feeding Toddlers Healthy Snacks
Feeding a toddler has been quite an adventure! For the first 6-8 months of eating solids, she would eat anything and everything I prepared for her.
I had her eating all home cooked meals including curry dishes, loads of vegetables, and a lot of beans. I was so proud of this accomplishment and prided myself in having such a healthy baby with a well-balanced diet.
However, once she turned about 15 months old, things started to change. She learned the power of “no” and would flat out refuse dishes that she previously scarfed down.
There was never any rhyme or reason to when she would refuse a dish. Sometimes she would eat it one day, but refuse it the following day.
If you are trying to reduce your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals, make sure you are aware of what’s in your baking supplies too! Did you know the common non-stick muffin pans are coated with Teflon or polytetrafluoroethylene?
This material is harmful when ingested. With overuse and time, non-stick pans break down and pieces of Teflon chip off and end up in your food!
To avoid this, we love this cast iron muffin pan! It is safe, sturdy, and lasts forever. We season ours with coconut oil and it works like a dream! I was hesitant at first, but now that we use it, I would never switch back!
Healthy Spinach Banana Muffins
Our current favorite muffin is this Spinach Banana Muffin. These are made from a banana, spinach, oats, honey, almond butter, an egg, and milk.
You simply add the ingredients into a blender (we love our Ninja Blender) and they’re ready to bake in minutes!
The spinach makes this a fun green color, so if your kid isn’t into at first, get creative. Tell them it’ll make them strong like the Hulk. Cater to their imagination and help them get excited about special green muffins.
Be sure to pin this recipe for later!
Flourless Blender Muffins
- Muffin Pan
- Blender or Mixer
- 2 Ripe Bananas
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 Cups Spinach
- 1/4 Cup dairy-free milk
- 1/3 Cup Honey or Pure Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 350F
- Mix oats, banana, egg, spinach, milk, honey, almond butter, and vanilla in a blender
- Add to the greased muffin pan (fill 3/4 full)
- Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until golden on the top
- Allow muffins to cool fully before removing from muffin pan.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
We modify this recipe almost every time depending on what ingredients we have on hand and what’s in season. In the Summer we loved adding fresh blueberries or raspberries. For a nuttier taste, we add a tablespoon of ground flax seeds or peanut butter. This adds
These muffins usually keep for approximately 5 days in the refrigerator, but they rarely last that long in our family! Let me know what you think!
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