Hi friends! Happy Monday! I’ll get to the heart of this post — a collection of Chase’s Favorite Toddler Muffin Recipes — soon but first, how was your weekend?
Our weekend was very low key but with unseasonably cool temperatures (upper 70s!!!), we LOVED the opportunity to spend some time outside without sweating our faces off. While we didn’t venture farther than a little neighborhood park that’s less than a mile from our house all weekend, it felt so nice to be able to go back and forth from our couch to the swing in our backyard.
On another note, our internet went out on Friday and wasn’t working until someone came out to fix our modem on Sunday which I took as a sign to mentally check out of work until Sunday evening which was so, so nice. This also means I don’t have a weekend recap to share with you guys but unless you want to see 5,000 grainy iPhone pics of Ryder and Chase and me in a milk-stained nursing tank top, I think maybe that’s a good thing!
Before I gave birth to Ryder three weeks ago (THREE weeks!?), I worked on a very small handful of blog posts to share with you guys since I didn’t want to feel a ton of pressure to churn out a bunch of blog content in the early postpartum weeks. After today’s post, I don’t have many of these posts left to share (the Best Books of 2018 and Piña Colada Popsicles posts were two of them!) but I’ll absolutely update the blog whenever I can over the next few weeks while still prioritizing family time. Thanks so much for your understanding and support as we continue to adjust to life with our newest family member.
Now onto today’s post!
A month or so ago, I received an email from a blog reader (Hi Nikki!) with a request to compile Chase’s favorite muffin recipes into one blog post for an easy reference for fellow toddler parents out there. Since Chase is a big-time muffin lover, we make a LOT of muffins around here (we’re talking at least a batch a week) but there are a handful of recipes we’ve made over and over again that I’d consider our go-tos.
Chase loves muffins for breakfast or a morning or afternoon snack and I almost always have two varieties on hand either freshly baked or in our freezer for easy reheating. Below you will find a roundup of Chase’s absolute favorite muffins. They’re recipes I make again and again because they’re all made without refined sugar they’re a hit with Chase every time. You’ll also see a variety of muffin recipes from gluten-free and dairy-free muffins to Paleo muffins, whole wheat muffins, blender muffins and more.
I’d also LOVE to hear about any muffin recipes your little ones love that we can put on our “must make” list for the future. Please feel free to share links to your favorite recipes in the comments section of this post so we can all check out some more favorite toddler muffin recipe winners!
Favorite Toddler Muffin Recipes
If there is one muffin recipe I make again and again for our toddler, it’s these whole wheat pumpkin muffins. Chase LOVES them and he also loves helping to make them. They’re a great recipe to make with a little one because it’s a one-bowl recipe and the cleanup is minimal. I often double the recipe and freeze half of the muffins. I’ll then grab one out of the freezer for a quick breakfast or snack option for Chase and after 25 seconds in the microwave, they taste perfectly fresh and delicious. (Ryan and I love these muffins, too!)
I discovered this recipe after one of my friends posted a picture of her son eating a green muffin on Instagram Stories. When she shared the ingredients I was SOLD because I looove sneaking veggies into Chase’s diet and had a feeling he’d enjoy the muffins since banana seemed to be the dominant flavor. Chase was an instant fan! Also, for those of you with little ones with an egg allergy, I accidentally made them once without eggs and they were still delicious!
This recipe was inspired by Paleo muffins my friend Danielle made for the adults and kids to enjoy during a play date at her house last year. I’m not sure who ate the muffins faster – me and my friends or our toddlers – but everyone left asking her for the recipe because the muffins were so darn good. These Paleo blender muffins are made with a base of ripe bananas, almond flour and coconut flour and come together quickly without much work. (Note: These days Chase seems to prefer them without the chia seeds so keep that in mind if your little one can get a little picky about texture.)
These Greek Yogurt Whole Wheat Muffins are incredibly moist, soft and almost cake-like and they were one of the first muffin recipes I made that Chase absolutely fell in love with at 14 months old. They’re low in sugar and taste great on their own but we love them topped with a smear of creamy peanut butter, too!
I’ve made Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean‘s Coconut Oil Banana Muffins a handful of times since the recipe calls for ingredients we almost always have on hand in our house. Though Lindsay’s recipe calls for peanut butter, we’ve also made these muffins with almond butter and cashew butter and loved the end result. (Note: To keep these muffins free of refined sugar, simply omit the chocolate chips. Chase loves them either way!)
If your toddler loves chocolate, add this recipe to your must-make list! Though this is a recipe for chocolate zucchini bread, it works well in muffin-form, too. It is incredibly moist and a recipe I personally love for breakfast, especially when I top the muffin with a bit of almond butter.
I almost forgot about this muffin recipe since Chase has outgrown it at this point, but if you’re looking for a recipe for a baby’s first foray into muffins, give this one a shot! This recipe for Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins comes together in a flash thanks to a high-powered blender and is only sweetened with the natural sugars from ripe bananas. The muffins are softer and gummier than typical muffins, making them perfect for little ones to hold and chew as they explore new foods and flavors. (Note: I made these for Chase a lot when he was around 11 – 12 months old before he was ready for a more traditional muffin.)
Question of the Day
For the fellow muffin lovers: What are some of your favorite go-to muffin recipes? Please share any favorite recipe links!