These BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins for Toddlers & Infants are packed with iron and protein, have no added sugar and are nut free, perfect for growing kids.
It’s out with fresh berries and in with some fall favourites including sweet potatoes and apples in this house. Baby E usually has me making a double batch of our go-to BLW Cherry Peanut Butter muffins every week, but as the seasons changed, I thought I too would switch things up. These BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffin are perfect for toddlers & infants who are just learning to eat because they’re SUPER moist, packed with iron and naturally sweet with no added sugar!
How to Make BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins for Toddlers & Infants
This recipe for my sweet potato apple baby muffins started out almost as a way to use up leftover baked sweet potatoes. If you don’t have sweet potatoes already cooked (it’s a meal prep staple in my house), you can throw them into the microwave for about 10 minutes until super tender when pricked with a fork. I then combine sweet potatoes with banana (super ripe adds natural sweetness and moisture), eggs, vanilla, butter, whole wheat flour, fortified iron cereal, apples, spices, plus some hemp and flax for healthy fats. SO. FREAKING. GOOD. I always bake these into mini muffins for little hands but there’s nothing stopping you from making them into full sized muffins. I also prefer using a silicon mini muffin tin which I find makes getting the muffins out SO easy!
How do I Make these BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins into FULL Sized Muffins for Adults?
Just adjust the baking time to about 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Can I Make these BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins Dairy Free?
Sure! Just use melted plant based butter instead of butter and you’re good to go!
BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins Gluten Free?
Yep! Go with a gluten free flour and make sure the infant cereal you’re using is gluten free (try rice!)
What Makes these Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins a Good Source of Iron?
I use infant baby cereal which is fortified with iron, so it’s a great way to sneak some extra iron in there if your kid isn’t a huge fan of meat or other animal proteins.
Are these BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins Safe for New Eaters?
Definitely. If you’ve been following my baby led weaning meal plan, and have introduced some of the common allergens like dairy, eggs and wheat, you can absolutely offer these muffins. They’re very soft, and easy to self-feed so they’re the perfect healthy snack for little hands and new eaters.
Are these BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins NUT Free and School Safe!
Yes! Unlike my other baby muffin recipe which has nut butter (which I love for allergy prevention and healthy fats), this one is totally nut free so you can absolutely send it with your kids to school or daycare!
Now tell me, what are some of your kiddo’s go-to snacks that are baby led weaning friendly and great for toddlers?
BLW Iron Sweet Potato Apple Baby Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potato
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup iron fortified ancient grains baby cereal
- 1 3/4 cups minced peeled apple
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- One generous pinch salt
- 3 tbsp ground flax
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts plus more for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine the sweet potato, banana, eggs, vanilla and melted butter in one bowl.
- To another bowl, combine the flour, baby cereal, apple, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, flax and hemp hearts. Add the wet to the dry then transfer to a few mini muffin tins, filling them almost to the top. Sprinkle with additional hemp hearts then bake for 10-13 minutes until firm on top. Allow to cool fully before serving.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.