Baby Friendly Apricot Muffin Recipe
Updated: Aug 1
This is my first time posting one of the many recipes I have come up with since becoming a mum, and there has been a lot of trial and error to get these right. When I first started trying to make snacks for my son I scoured the internet. I was looking for easy recipes that didn't add sugar or salt, but what I found was a lot of complicated recipes with ingredients I didn't have just lying around. I do my best to plan ahead but I find the recipes that are easiest to use are ones that use minimal ingredients you generally have lying around, or recipes you can do easy substitutes in.
With all of my sons health problems, feeding him the best I can has been a massive priority for me. It's probably my way of trying to control a small amount of what feels like and uncontrollable situation. These are also great muffins to make if you are choosing to do baby-led weaning in any form as well, I did a post recently on why I didn't do baby-led weaning. They are a good size and soft to bite into.
The baby and toddler snacks you can buy at the supermarket are really handy to have on standby but the cost adds up. I feel like the second they put the label baby or toddler on the packaging they quadruple the price, a lot like when they add wedding before anything too. I can appreciate that making foods without lots of added sugar and salt, and making them taste good would be challenging, but I don't entirely understand why they have to be as expensive as they are.
So I went on the hunt for age appropriate recipes, and there are a lot around, but I found a lot of them had ingredients I just don't keep on hand. I wanted easy things I could make really fast without too much fuss, in the small free moments my son gives me. So I decided to work it out myself and make recipes using things I always have in the house and tweak them for whatever fruit and vegetables I have on hand. When I made these, apricots had come into season and we had a lot!
I think one thing I want to add about my recipes is they are very adaptable. These are my baby friendly, fresh apricot muffins but the apricot can be easily substituted for a lot of different fruit if you have something else on hand you need to use up. My main goal was to always keep it as easy and simple as possible for a stressed out, time poor mum who wants give her son a variety of healthy snack options. These are also great for freezing too. It's so great having them on hand to grab and just quickly defrost in the microwave.
The last thing I'll say before I jump in is, I use silicon mini-muffin and mini-loaf tins and I honestly think these are one of the greatest inventions ever. You don't have to grease them or line them with anything and the clean up on them is an absolute breeze too. I highly recommend them if you want to make your life easier and they are the perfect size for little hands and tummies to handle.
Baby Friendly Apricot Muffin Recipe
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups diced fresh apricots
1/4 cup pear pureé
1/2 cup full cream milk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced)
Combine flour, oats and baking powder in a large mixing bowl
Dice up apricots into small pieces and mix into dry ingredients, coating them in the dry ingredients like this helps to evenly distribute the fruit throughout and stop them clumping together
Mix in pear pureé, milk, yogurt and egg until well combined
Place spoonfuls of mixture into your mini muffin of loaf tray to about 3/4 full and then place in the oven to cook for 25-30 minutes. Check to see if they are cooked using a skewer, if it comes out clean and the tops have started to golden then they are ready.
Easy as that! Now you have healthy apricot muffins to snack on that didn't take you hours to make. The most laborious part here is chopping up the fruit. There is also minimal cleanup, which I know is important to anyone, not just a new mum. If you liked this recipe, let me know and be sure to subscribe, I will be posting more soon. And if you have any questions please feel free to send me a message.