These BLW Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins are great healthy snacks for kids or babies who are fed using baby led weaning techniques.
If you’ve been following my instagram stories, you get a chance to see a lot of the delicious things I cook for baby E. Well, last week I was getting frustrated because out of the blue he stopped liking peanut butter (I KNOW, THIS KID IS NUTS). While I wouldn’t care so much about most foods he boycotts, I really want to keep offering peanut butter to help him maintain allergen tolerance (read all about that here). When we started solids, he LOVED peanut butter on toast and in cereal, but as soon as he sees it now, he chucks his bread. I have also tried it in oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and more, but alas, he sniffs it out. So I thought I would bake up some BLW Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins with no sugar added and pack them full of sneaky peanut butter. HE LOVED THEM – #momwin!
Last week, I shared a photo with you all on my instagram stories and was amazed by how many of you begged for the recipe! I have heard from a lot of you that you are unsure how to offer allergens, and also that you need more great recipes for healthy snacks for kids so these BLW Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins solve all those problems (and more). I promise you that you’re going to totally love these babies for the whole family.
How to Make BLW Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins for Your Babies, Toddlers and Kids
The key to making mini muffins delicious without any added sugar for your baby is to use really ripe bananas. 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. I also add minced up frozen cherries to my BLW Peanut Butter Banana 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. I also 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.
These BLW Peanut Butter Banana Mini 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. E ate three for one snack alone, which is a pretty impressive portion for the little guy!
I would love to hear what you and your babies, toddlers and partners think of these BLW Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins!
What are some of your favourite healthy snacks for kids?
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BLW Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins
These BLW Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins are one of my favourite healthy snacks for kids for your toddler or baby who is fedd using baby led weaning techniques.
- 2 1/4 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 2 large)
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 3 eggs (beaten)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup frozen cherries (minced)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 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.
Updated on June 29th, 2020
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.