Baby Friendly Strawberry Muffins
Updated: Apr 28
This recipe is very similar to my Fresh Apricot Muffin Recipe, both of which are adaptable to many different fruits, so you'll never get bored. I've done this one with strawberries as it's a fruit I generally have on hand, fresh because they are one of my son's favourites and not normally too expensive. This recipe would be great with any type of berry though, I've done it with blueberries and it's delicious too.
Making a variety of healthy snacks for my son is a high priority for me, with all his other health problems it's one of the few things I can control. Again, these are great muffins to make if you are choosing to do baby-led weaning or even if you're doing a mixed version of pureé feeding and baby-led weaning. We chose not to and I did a post recently on why I didn't do baby-led weaning. Whether you are or you aren't, they are a great size for tiny hands and soft to bite into for babies as well as toddlers well on their journey into the world of solids.
In this particular recipe I use home made apple sauce, you can use store bought though if it's easier. If you use store bought baby apple pureé, it may not have any added sugar so is just as good as what you make at home, just be careful to check the ingredients and make sure it's just fruit with nothing else added. You could also use pear pureé if you wanted to, either works fine for just adding a little more sweetness to the muffins without the guilt of adding refined sugar.
One of the reasons I like to add Greek Yogurt to my recipes is the little protein boost it gives. Kids need protein for growth and development and I always use full fat or full cream, because tiny humans need fats for healthy brain development. If small children are having well balanced diets low in processed food, then the fat content is not an issue like it is for adults. So while I continue to drink lower fat milk (because I also think full cream tastes disgusting), I always buy full cream milk for my son.
My main goal is to keep it as easy and simple as possible for a stressed out, time poor mum, who wants easy and healthy snack options that don't cost a fortune. If you really want to save time you could make a double batch all at once because they are also great for freezing too so you can store them longer. You'll have ample supply to keep you going for a while and not have to stress about making more in a weeks time if you can't fit it in.
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Baby and Toddler Friendly Strawberry Muffin Recipe
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cups chopped strawberries
1/3 cup apple sauce
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 strawberries into small pieces and mix into dry ingredients. By coating them in the dry ingredients like this helps to evenly distribute the fruit throughout the mixture and stop them clumping together
Mix in the apple sauce, milk, yogurt and egg to the dry ingredients until well combined
Place tablespoonfuls of mixture into your mini muffin or loaf tray to just below the top 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.