Monday, 30 January 2012

No Added Sugar Oaty Mini Muffins for Babies and Toddlers

Another muffin recipe?  Well yes.  I went back to basics with this and although some of the flavouring ingredients are similar to other muffins I've made, the mix is much more liquid.  I think this makes for a lighter muffin despite the oats.  Although you can't really taste the pears, they do lend a lovely and surprising sweetness.  It's important to use ripe pears though.

Oaty Mini Muffins for Babies and Toddlers - Makes approx 30


4oz Oats
6oz Self Raising Flour
4oz Sultanas
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Ripe pears, grated
2 eggs
200 ml Milk
6 Tbsp mild tasting vegetable oil like sunflower oil or rape seed oil
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Spray oil or vegetable oil


Preheat the oven to 180oC (fan), 200oC (conventional), 400F.

Mix the oats, flour and baking powder together in one bowl or jug.  Then mix together all of the other ingredients in the other jug.  When grating the pears, I don't bother to peel, I grate it back skin and all until it's getting to the core, and do the same all the way round, then pull out the stalk and grate down the top.

Spray some mini muffin tins or cupcake tins with oil or brush with oil.  Mix the wet ingredients into the dry but don't be too thorough, you don't want it to be fully mixed in.  Fill up each cup of the tray (it is pretty liquid) then bake for 12-16 minutes (14 in my oven) or until risen, golden and springing back when pressed lightly.

Put on a wire rack to cool.

If you like this, you might like apple and sultana mini muffins.


  1. Well, this is a find. Discovered you blog through one of the threads on Britmums and I love it. I am currently in the middle of baby led weaning my 2nd son (we did it with no1) too and am in much need of inspiration. He is so much more adventurous and into eating than my 1st, so I feel I need to be offering more choice. I will be trawling your ideas!

  2. Thank you! I know baby led weaning isn't all about finger foods but there's a link on the right hand side for "great finger foods" which might point you in the direction of some useful recipes. Also, a lot of the rice recipes or recipes served alongside rice are useful as they get sticky and so handy for hand feeding and first attempts with spoons!

    Thanks for the nice comments, I hope you continue to follow!

  3. I didn't have any pears or sultanas, but I did have some very ripe bananas so I mashed up a couple of medium sized ones and used those instead. The muffins came out well and taste great (although I seem to have eaten more than my daughter so far!)


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