These mini banana muffins are great healthy snacks for kids or babies who are fed using baby led weaning techniques.
If you’ve been following me on instagram for a while, you probably know that I like to share a lot of the baby led weaning recipes that I have made for my son.
When we first started solids, one thing that I was always feeding my little guy is one of my personal favourites – PEANUT BUTTER. Not only is peanut butter great for allergen introduction, but the stuff is just hella good, hella nutritious, and easy to throw into basically anything. Including these mini banana muffins for baby led weaning.
I promise you, these mini banana muffins will satisfy not only your little one – but the whole family! If you are not sure how to offer allergens (like peanut butter) when starting solids, we have a whole blog post on allergen introduction which you can read about right here.
Table of contents
Peanut Butter – I use a combination of peanut butter for body, and powdered peanut butter for extra peanut flavour and protein as it basically stands in for some of the flour.
Bananas – The key to making mini muffins delicious without any added sugar for your baby is to use really ripe bananas.
Flax Seed & Hemp Hearts – I like to sneak flax into any of my healthy snacks for kids to add omega 3s, plus I top mine off with hemp hearts for an even bigger and better dose.
Cherries – I used minced frozen cherries for these mini muffins because they add extra sweetness, but you can totally use whatever fruit you have on hand or leave them out. The last time I made these I used blueberries and he loved them just as much.
How to Make This Recipe
Step 1: To a bowl, mix together the banana, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, butter and cherries.
Step 2: To another large bowl, mix the flour, powdered peanut butter, baking powder, cinnamon and flax.
Step 3: Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.
Step 4: Add the batter to the muffin tins (pretty much up to the top)
Step 5: Sprinkle with hemp hearts. Bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean and the muffins feel springy.
These mini banana muffins are honestly so delicious, you will be so surprised that they have no added sugar or salt and are loaded with fibre and good fats. They’re also a fantastic way to keep your baby’s allergen tolerance up.
Make a big batch and keep some in the freezer to bust out for emergency snacks but don’t be surprised if you go through them quickly. My son ate three for one snack alone, which is a pretty impressive portion for the little guy!
Yes definitely. They can be stored for up to 3 months in the freezer.
The powdered peanut butter functions as flavour and a binder so you would probably need to substitute with more flour. If you want more of a peanut butter flavour, I would also suggest adding a bit more natural peanut butter to the recipe.
For sure! You can use a flax egg and vegan butter instead.
You can make these mini banana muffins gluten free by using a gluten free flour like oat flour or almond flour.
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I would love to hear what you and your babies, toddlers and partners think of these mini banana muffins?
What are some of your favourite healthy snacks for kids?
Mini Banana Muffins for Baby Led Weaning
- Preheat oven to 350 F and grease 36 mini muffin tins.
- To a bowl, mix together the banana, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, butter and cherries. To another large bowl, mix the flour, powdered peanut butter, baking powder, cinnamon and flax. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.
- Add the batter to the muffin tins (pretty much up to the top) and sprinkle with hemp hearts. Bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean and the muffins feel springy.
- Allow to cool and enjoy.
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Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.