The Best 40+ Healthy Baby Muffins

  May 20, 2019  |  #baby led weaning

A delicious round up of 42 healthy muffins for kids and baby muffins that make great snacks for home and on the go. 

Now that Camryn is full-on eating people food and snacks, I have to be prepared with snacks. I try to stay on top of my game by making healthy baby muffins each week. 

I thought it would be helpful to share some of the diverse and tasty ones we’ve come across. 

I’ve also written posts sharing ideas about our easy toddler meals and snacks for daycare and 50+ ideas for snacks and easy toddler snack ideas for home, as well as 25+ healthy toddler finger food recipes

Now, let’s talk about muffin recipes.

What to Add To a Healthy Baby Muffin Recipe 

Fortunately, I don’t feel as if I have to hide fruits and veggies into foods because Camryn seems to like them on her own.

But, these muffins for babies can be great ways to ADD more variety in fruits and veggies. Plus, they are fabulous as muffins for baby led weaning.

Closeup of berry and ricotta muffins for babies

I try to support that by offering fruits and/or veggies at each meal, even if she hasn’t shown any interest before. We also try to offer foods in different ways.

I wrote more about our baby led weaning journey here

For example, sometimes I’ll bake “zucchini fries,” sometimes I’ll bread them, and sometimes I’ll spiralize zucchini (like in these salmon zucchini cakes). However, that’s not always the case and I’m not against sneaking nutrients in when and where I can.

And healthy muffins for kids (with extra nutrients) are always an easy place to do so. 

Muffins for Babies

While there isn’t one “magic muffin recipe” that all kids love, there is no shortage of muffin options. Each child has different taste preferences and nutritional needs, depending on their age, size, appetite and food allergies or sensitivities.

Therefore, I’ve gathered a variety of healthy muffins for kids (that can cater from your six-month-old to your five-year-old) that can help your little ones start their days off (and continue their days) with lots of energy and nutrients.

The best part about  muffins is that they are easy to turn into baby muffin recipes, too! Just serve them in mini muffin tins.

Are Baby Led Weaning Muffin Recipes Healthy?

Yes! We love muffins that with healthy add ons, like flax seeds and chia seeds. Plus, muffins can be some of the best iron-rich foods for babies. 

Best of all, many of these recipes are sugar free muffins, so you can feel good about sharing with your kiddos. Many are filled with whole wheat flour and some also use alternatives, like oat flour and almond flour if you need gluten free options. 

Just make sure you have multiple muffin tins! I love these muffin tins for non stick, and I also keep mini muffin tins on hand as well. 

Fruity Toddler Muffins and Healthy Baby Muffins 

Fruity muffins can be optimal healthy breakfast muffins for kids and can be great as baby led weaning muffins as well.

Most kids prefer the sweetness of fruits to the bitterness of some vegetables, and banana muffins for babies are hard to beat. 

Grid of different fruit muffins that are perfect as baby muffins | Bucket List Tummy

These Ricotta Berry Oatmeal Cups from Jessica Levinson pack in both the protein and the calcium. Don’t love blueberries? Swap in another fruit to make these great for baby muffins.

Strawberry Banana Chickpea Muffins from Bucket List Tummy are light and fluffy, yet high in protein and fiber, great for growing children and/or as healthy baby muffins!

This is hands down my favorite muffin recipe for baby. 

If you’re looking for a fresh and interesting take on fruit muffins, try some Rhubarb Ginger Lemon Muffins, also from Jessica Levinson. A fun way to introduce new fruits and flavor to your child’s palate. 

Bananas are a classic ingredient for baby muffins and healthy muffins for toddlers alike. These Banana Flax Muffins from From a to Zucchini have Greek yogurt for a protein boost, too, and an easy, neutral muffin for baby. 

Healthy “Kitchen Sink” Toddler Muffins are the ultimate way to clean the pantry! Great for toddler muffins and muffins for kids. 

Easy kitchen sink muffins for toddlers

If you’re looking for some gluten-free banana toddler muffins, Bucket List Tummy’s Almond Flour Banana Muffins are a great choice for baby friendly muffins. 

First Step Nutrition’s baby muffins thoughtfully include infant cereal, avocado, and yogurt to nourish your little one. They are great as baby food muffins.

Plus, these Avocado Blueberry Mini-Muffins are a great size for little ones!

Fall Flavored Healthy Muffins for Babies

Fall flavored muffins, like apple, pumpkin or sweet potato, can be great as baby led feeding muffins. Pumpkin and sweet potato are full of antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients.

Therefore, they make an ideal ingredient for healthy muffins for kids. That’s why sweet potato and pumpkin baby food are so popular and great as iron rich enhancements. 

Variety of fall muffins that are healthy as toddler muffins and baby muffins, featuring sweet potatoes and pumpkin | Bucket List Tummy

Quinoa Mini Muffins with Sweet Potato from This Healthy Kitchen offer gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar-free options. These could be great if your child needs dairy free options or has a dairy allergy. 

Nutri Savvy Health’s Pumpkin Bran Muffins actually have GrapeNuts (the cereal) in them for an unexpected yet delicious twist.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Muffins from Muscle & Manna are soft can be made in the blender. Blender muffins are ideal for baby muffins and toddler muffins because less clean up!

Apple Spice Muffins from Riverside Nutrition. Beautiful and great as healthy breakfast muffins for kids. 

Sweet Potato Muffins from Sweet and Savory Pursuits. You can leave the pecans out if you’re serving these as muffins for kids. 

High Fiber Muffins for Toddlers 

If you’re needing healthy baby muffins to help with constipation or increasing your baby’s fiber intake, these muffin options would be great.

It can sometimes be difficult to find high fiber muffins that taste good but these are some reliable options. I like serving them as baby breakfast muffins to start the day off with fiber. 

High Fiber Baby Muffins in a grid set up | Bucket List Tummy

Kid-Friendly Bran Muffins from Create Kids Club have 4.5 grams of fiber per serving. Customize them by adding your own toppings! Need a vegan option? Try a Virtual Vegan’s Vegan Blueberry Bran Muffins.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Your Choice Nutrition are bursting with flavor and a great option for a baby muffin recipe. 

Off the Vine Nutrition made these Baked Oatmeal Cups as healthy breakfast muffins for kids. 

Whole Grain Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins from Rachel Hartley Nutrition are wonderful as healthy breakfast muffins for kids, but you could even throw one in your child’s lunch box for a new twist on a classic sandwich. 

Peanut Butter Muffins in Baking Tin with Jelly in middle

White Bean Muffins from The Lean Green Bean are a great option to add protein into your toddler muffins and keep your kids satisfied.

Or, if you want to sneak lentils into your healthy muffins for kids, try these Lentil Banana Muffins from The Lean Green Bean.

These are perfect as baby muffins or toddler muffins for introducing lentils. You can’t taste the lentils but you’re getting all the benefits. 

Veggie Muffins for Toddlers

Vegetable muffins may not sound that appetizing but these easy veggie muffin recipes may change your mind! Vegetable muffins can be a great way to serve veggies in new ways.

Veggie muffins also increase the nutrient content of those baby muffins your kids love.

They are also perfect as baby food muffins and baby finger food recipes because they aren’t overly sweet. 

A variety of healthy veggie baby muffins | Bucket List Tummy

Carrot Muffins

Gluten-free muffins with multiple vegetables in them? Yes, please! Easy veggie muffins with flavors like banana, maple, and cinnamon, these Zucchini Carrot Oat Muffins from It’s a Veg World After All won’t disappoint.

These Carrot Zucchini Muffins from Joy Food Sunshine are made in the food processor resulting in smooth, moist, creamy muffins, making them ideal for baby muffins.

The Cheerful Kitchen’s Healthy Whole-Wheat Banana Carrot Muffins are like a cross between carrot cake and banana bread.

closeup of banana carrot muffins in tin

With warm spices and both sweet and zesty flavors, even picky eaters will love Element Nutrition Co.’s Kid-Friendly Carrot Apple Muffins. Or, make some with walnuts to enjoy yourself!

Piping Pot Curry made lots of thoughtful decisions when incorporating whole grains, high-protein ingredients, and healthy fats into these healthy breakfast muffins known as Healthy Carrot Muffins

Zucchini Muffins

Sharon Palmer’s Carrot Cake Muffins call for a couple of different pouches, meaning you don’t have to do any chopping, grating, or blending when whipping up these healthy breakfast muffins for kids. Or, if you puree your own baby food, you could use that!

These Wheat Blueberry Zucchini Muffins from Hungry Hobby combine the natural sweetness of blueberries with the neutral flavor of zucchini. 

closeup of whole wheat muffins

Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Cookies from Autumn Enloe may not be breakfast muffins per say, but how do you think your kids would feel having cookies for breakfast?

Joy Food Sunshine’s Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins are another fun way to add zucchini into baby muffins. 

Veggie Muffins with Greens

It’s a little hard to hide the vegetables in these veggie muffins. With the delicious tastes of orange juice and chocolate chips, I’m willing to bet your kids won’t mind the color of Love & Zest’s Spinach Blender Muffins.

If it weren’t for the green hue to these veggie muffins, your children would never know that spinach is one of the main ingredients. These Banana Spinach Muffin Bites from This Healthy Kitchen are vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free, too, so they avoid lots of major allergens.

Healthy Chocolate Muffins

I think we all love and enjoy healthy chocolate muffins. They can certainly fit into a healthy snack choice for toddlers. 

Closeup of Chocolate Muffins that are healthy for kids and toddler muffins | Bucket List Tummy

Cherry Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Cups from Bucket List Tummy are a great option for baby muffins. You could substitute more dried cherries or another dried fruit for the chocolate chips if desired. 

These Double Chocolate Snack Muffins from How To Eat are incredibly simple. You probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients to make these healthy muffins for kids. 

Remember when black bean brownies were super trendy? You might, but your toddler probably doesn’t so they won’t guess the secret ingredient in these Double Chocolate Muffins with Black Beans from Foods with Judes.

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Love and Zest use peanut butter powder and coconut flour. 

Refine Sugar Free Muffins for Babies and Toddlers 

Sugar-free muffins are popular options as baby led weaning muffins and healthy muffins for kids. 

A variety of sugar free baby muffins | Bucket List Tummy

Easy Flourless Blueberry Muffins from Healthy Inspiration use medjool dates as the sweetener, plus a combination of garbanzo beans and oats instead of wheat flour. These healthy muffins for kids are gluten-free, too!

Mommy & Me Banana Bread Muffins from Kelly Jones Nutrition are both vegan and gluten-free as well, also made with chickpeas.  

With Diana K. Rice’s Banana Oat Blender Muffins, you won’t even need a mixing bowl. Talk about a low-stress, low-mess recipe for baby muffins. 

With bananas, walnuts, orange zest, and cranberries, these Sugar-Free Banana Cranberry Muffins from Dani’s Cookings are bursting with a natural fruit sweetness. 

Muffins baked in baking pan

Healthy Banana Muffins from My Gorgeous Recipe is made with flour and greek yogurt. 

Healthy muffins for toddlers no sugar

Savory Muffins for Kids

Don’t have a sweet tooth or don’t prefer sugar free muffins? There are plenty of options for savory muffins, too!

Baby Led Weaning Savory Muffins from My Gorgeous Recipes are savory baby led weaning muffins catered specifically for your little ones.

Cherry tomatoes and red pepper definitely qualify these as veggie muffins. Greek yogurt and mozzarella cheese also add protein and healthy fats.

Savory Baby Led Weaning Muffins

Savory Vegetable Muffins from The Belly Rules the Mind can help introduce your child to new tastes including ginger and green chiles. They’re even egg-free with a vegan option.

If you baked broccoli cheddar soup into a muffin, I imagine it would taste something like Another Food Blogger’s Cheesy Vegetable Muffins, which may be a fun snack for toddlers or young kids. 

Muffins can be great vehicles for introducing new flavors and nutrients into babies and toddlers. There are plenty of healthy choices for toddler muffins and baby muffins, alike! I hope this roundup helps you feel creative in the kitchen.

Another one of our favorite breakfast recipes for babies and toddlers are these baby french toast sticks, another easy option. 

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