Oatmeal and Blueberry Muffins for Babies: The perfect quick breakfast for toddlers! Packed with oats and blueberries and super-reduced sugar content. Whole wheat, apple sauce, and fruit. Parents will love them too! | macheesmo.com
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Oatmeal & Blueberry Muffins for Babies

Our little dude is no longer little. Next week he turns 10 (TEN!) months old and more than anything he wants to eat real food. This came on pretty quickly and I found myself hunting for things to feed the guy at 7am on a Tuesday.

What do babies eat for breakfast anyway?!

We got the go-ahead from the doctor awhile ago to feed him pretty much anything, but we started slow with oatmeal, then eggs, then baby casseroles. To change it up a bit, a few weeks ago I thought I’d try out a baked item.

My goals here were to try and minimize the added sugar, keep the fiber content high, but make something that actually tastes good in case I want to sneak one!

I tried a few things like a baked oatmeal dish that ended up not being a hit, but these oatmeal and blueberry muffins were great! All I had to do was cut one  in half and pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Then I would chop it up and he would eat a good amount of it.

Some days he would just pick out the blueberries, but other days he would scarf the whole thing. Who knows what goes on in the little brain.

Oatmeal and Blueberry Muffins for Babies: The perfect quick breakfast for toddlers! Packed with oats and blueberries and super-reduced sugar content. Whole wheat, apple sauce, and fruit. Parents will love them too! | macheesmo.com

Oatmeal & Blueberry Muffins for Babies

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The perfect quick breakfast for toddlers! Packed with oats and blueberries and super-reduced sugar content.

Ingredients

1 2/3 cup oats, ground (Sub: 1 cup oat flour)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
10-12 oz. frozen blueberries + 1 tablespoon flour
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Food Processor Muffin Pan

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease or butter a muffin tin.

2) In a food processor, plus oats until they are ground coarsely. You can also substitute 1 cup oat flour for this.

3) In a large bowl, mix together pulsed oats, flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4) In a smaller bowl, whisk together apple sauce, brown sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter.

5) Thaw blueberries and drain off any liquid. Toss blueberries with a tablespoon of flour.

6) Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Then fold in blueberries. Fill muffin tins with batter.

7) Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F. until muffins are puffed and browned on top.

Let muffins cool before serving. Store extras in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze them for longer storage.

Blueberries Muffins for Babies

Disclaimer: You should always check with your pediatrician before jumping into solid foods with your baby. Also, it’s a good idea to feed babies individual items first (eggs, etc.) before combining them just to make sure there are no issues.

There is a tiny bit of brown sugar in this recipe (works out to about 1 teaspoon per muffin and he would eat 1/3-1/2 of a muffin), but I cut it way back from most muffin recipes. If you try one, you’ll find it way less sweet than most muffins, but they have great texture and are jam-packed with fruit so I didn’t really miss the sweetness.

Speaking of texture, start these muffins by grinding up some oats! If you don’t want to deal with this, you can use 1 cup of oat flour in the recipe but you’ll miss out. I like the oat pieces in the muffins.

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins for Babies oatmeal

Just oats.

Mix the oats with the other dry stuff and in a separate bowl whisk together the apple sauce, eggs, and brown sugar. Eventually add the buttermilk and melted butter to this also.

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins for Babies wet stuff

A little sugar…

Stir the wet stuff into the dry stuff and you’re on your way to muffins!

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins for Babies batter

Starting batter

The Blueberries

I wouldn’t bother with fresh blueberries in this recipe most of the time of the year. Frozen work great. Just thaw and drain them and then toss them with a little flour to soak up any extra liquid.

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins for Babies berries

Lotsa berries.

This is a lot of blueberries. You could cut it back if you want, but I like mine really packed with fruit.

Fold this into the muffin batter.

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins for Babies batter

Yum.

Next, divide the batter into 12 muffins. You can really fill these up. They won’t rise too much during baking.

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins for Babies

Fill ’em up.

Bake these guys at 400 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes. They should be nicely browned on the outside and slightly puffed.

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins for Babies

Perfect.

Let them cool before slicing into them. Store extras in the fridge in an airtight container and they’ll keep fine for 5-6 days. You can freeze them also by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap for longer storage.

Look at all those berries!

Oatmeal and Blueberry Muffins for Babies: The perfect quick breakfast for toddlers! Packed with oats and blueberries and super-reduced sugar content. Whole wheat, apple sauce, and fruit. Parents will love them too! | macheesmo.com

I wouldn’t recommend giving a kid one of these whole, but chop it up into tiny pieces and it shouldn’t be a problem if your kid has some teeth.

I didn’t snag a photo of T actually eating these. To make up for it, here’s a photo of him with a leaf.

LEAVES ARE SO COOL.

LEAF!!!

LEAF!!!

Oatmeal and Blueberry Muffins for Babies: The perfect quick breakfast for toddlers! Packed with oats and blueberries and super-reduced sugar content. Whole wheat, apple sauce, and fruit. Parents will love them too! | macheesmo.com

10 comments on “Oatmeal & Blueberry Muffins for Babies

  1. Wow, I have been off line for a bit, this is the first picture I’ve seen. What a beautiful son!! Congratulations and blessings!!

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  3. Made these today as a rainy day activity with my toddler. They were excellent! I upped the sugar to a half cup (b/c I was in the mood for something sweet), but I think the original 1/4 c. would have been adequate. We also added some nutmeg, ginger, & clove which worked really well. We’ll definitely be making these yummy muffins again!

  4. These are so delicious! I have to STOP my son from eating so much because he could seriously eat a regular-sized muffin if I let him (he’s only 10 months!). And I eat them myself, which is great as I can grab these as a snack on-the-go when we’re running errands together.

  5. This sounds really good. Will it affect texture or bake times if I omit the sugar altogether? I could add more apple sauce or fruit puree for sweetness but not sure about quantities for this recipe to keep it completely sugar free.

    1. Hey Samantha! It will probably affect it a bit, but I think it’d be better to just leave it out than try to replace it which would add more moisture, etc. They should still be good! Good luck!

  6. Hi there! Just wondering…what’s the purpose of grinding the oats? Is this step necessary? Thanks much!

  7. Thanks for this amazing recipe. I made these today for my 10 month old and she absolutely loves them. She has tons of teeth so i gave her a whole one and she mowed down on it. I am going to continue making these as long as she eats them. I like them too!

  8. Have you ever made these into mini muffins? I’d like to try but I’m not entirely sure how to adjust the oven time/temp. If you have any tips, please let me know. Thanks!

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