Healthy Banana Muffins topped with oats, a delicious afterschool snack for older kids, but also great for babies and toddlers. The muffins have no refined sugar added, their sweetness coming from the mashed banana. Fluffy and moist, and so easy to make, these banana muffins are great any time of the day.
Feeding our kids can be pretty overwhelming. From the moment you start the weaning journey, you constantly worry about the quality and quantity of food that is offered to them.
Later on, when they discover the sweet taste, it becomes quite though to still get them to eat healthy food, and that’s when the hunt for healthier recipes starts. With my first daughter I started the traditional way with pureed food, and she was not really the best eater ever.
By the time I had my second, I relaxed a bit and I started with the baby led weaning, which proved to be a lot less stressful, and a lot more successful. And although the main meals are pretty good, I still want to offer them healthy snacks in between meals. And that’s when these muffins come to the rescue.
As with my Baby Led Weaning Savoury Muffins, these banana ones are a nutritious breakfast or snack not just for little ones, but even for grown-ups too.
Is refined sugar bad for kids?
Yes, without a shadow of a doubt! While we can’t expect kids to go on diets like adults do, limiting the amount of refined sugar is the best you can do for them. Kids need carbs for energy and growing nicely, and a balanced meal is all they need. Fruit and veggies have plenty of naturally occurring sugar, thus no need for extra one.
My banana muffins have absolutely no refined sugar added, not even brown one, which people swear is healthier (is it, though?), and I did not sweeten them with honey or maple sugar either. If you really want to go for honey though, please be mindful that honey is a big no no for children under one year, but the older kids can safely consume it.
But they are just perfect if you choose a well-ripen banana which is naturally sweet. Mash it with a fork, and add it to the other ingredients, and you get the best muffins ever.
As a grown-up I might think they are not sweet enough for my taste, but that’s because I am so used to the sweet taste, where a baby can’t tell the difference. You can add any pieces of fruit to the muffins, nuts or seeds for extra goodness (again, careful with bigger pieces of nuts, as kids can choke on them).
How TO make healthy banana muffins
As with all muffins, there is one big tip when it comes to great taste and texture.
- always pre-heat the oven before baking
- have the ingredients at room temperature
- DO NOT overbeat the batter, the muffins will become too dense and unlikely to rise as nicely.
In a bowl, sift the flour, add the baking powder and mix. Beat the egg until foamy, add the yogurt and cooled melted butter, vanilla extract (if you use) and gently fold everything together.
It’s best to use a silicone spatula, and mix the ingredients gently before adding the batter to the muffin tin. It does not have to be beaten to perfection, even a few lumps here and there are ok.
Another tip is never to open the oven before the muffins are baked, and that is true for baking in general. I know the temptation is great, but better check nearer the time, and not too often.
Also, make sure the bananas are fully-ripen, the ones starting to brown are actually the best, as they are very sweet, and thus the muffins won’t need extra sweetness.
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Healthy Banana Muffins for toddlers and kids, and even babies over 6 months old. They have no refined sugar added, their sweetness coming from the mashed banana. The banana muffins are fluffy and moist, made with Greek yogurt, eggs and butter, and topped with oats. They are the best finger food if you choose the baby led weaning, and make a great breakfast or snack. So delicious, and easy to make, ready in about 30 minutes.
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 large banana
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 1/8 cup butter (30 g)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- oats for topping (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit).
Sift the flour and add it to a bowl together with the baking powder.
Beat the egg until foamy, then add the yogurt and mix together until you get a smooth paste.
Add the melted and cooled butter to it, then mash the banana with a fork and add that too.
Mix everything together, add the vanilla extract, then add this to the bowl of flour and baking powder.
Use a silicone spatula to gently mix the ingredients together, making sure you don't overbeat.
Grease a 6-hole muffin tin with butter, then divide the batter between the 6 muffin holes, and sprinkle some oats over.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
To remove the muffins from the tin, use a sharp knife to loosen the edges, the muffins should pop out easily.