I am so excited to share these with you! I was searching for a really easy muffin recipe for Charlotte and none of them were appealing to me. She (and I) love spinach and banana so I knew I wanted those to be two of the ingredients. I also wanted to be able to put all of the ingredients quickly into my Ninja Blender that I make my smoothies in. So I have been experimenting and came up with this super-duper easy mini muffin baby recipe that is perfect for baby led weaning/table foods because the texture is spongy so not dry and crumbly. She can hold onto it easily. It sticks to her little fingers and it has big flavors that she is already used to like spinach & banana.
What you need:
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1/2 cup oats
1 ripe banana
4 oz unsweetened applesauce or another fruit puree of your choice
1/2 tsp baking powder
That’s it-I repeat-That’s it. Just 6 simple things to throw in
place all ingredients into the blender or Ninja and pulse until smooth
This will look like a smoothie when you are done blending
pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
pour batter into mini muffin baking pan pretty much all the way up as these are not going to rise (I sprayed with coconut oil spray first)
set timer for 18 min
Check them with a toothpick for it to come out clean
Let them cool for a half hour and then store in the fridge or freeze-I warmed Charlotte’s once refrigerated for 5 sec in the microwave before she ate some the next day
Try this version also by just swapping the spinach for 1/2 cup of roasted butternut squash. It is delightful!
Charlotte has loved rice and oats from the beginning so I ground up brown rice and oats for her and began adding different fruits to the oats and veggies to the rice. I usually add a bit of butter and sometimes cinnamon too when making the oatmeal.
I have mixed black beans, cauliflower, corn, peas, green beans, zucchini (to name a few) and spinach in with her rice and it’s a great way to add new flavors and texture to it.
I have added peaches, bananas, cherries (especially loves that one) and blueberries and strawberries to her oats to name a few.
The basic recipe for the fruity oatmeal or the veggie rice goes like this:
Boil 1 cup of water
Add the fruit or veggie and boil for 3 min (about a 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen)-honestly this doesn’t matter that much, just a little will do, for example when I added the zucchini I just grated some in so I have no idea how much
Turn the water down to a simmer and add in 3 TBSP of oats or rice cereal or ones that you ground up yourself. I did mine in the Ninja-easy peasy
Whisk continuously for 5 min taking an occasional break-smash the fruit or veggie to the acceptable thickness your baby can handle if need be but it will naturally get smaller and break apart during the heating and whisking process
Add a touch of butter or cinnamon and stir once the baby is getting used to more complex flavors
I usually serve whatever it is right away (after it cools a bit) and then store the rest to use over the next 3 days.
***This is a thicker recipe and probably best once your babe has mastered purees and ready for more texture.
Today we went to the market and bought some fresh ingredients to make a mild baby hummus that Charlotte tried for the 1st time. Her 9 month old birthday occurred yesterday and we are in full swing with new foods and especially working on finger foods and spoon feeding herself. I made a simple yet delicious hummus for her that I enjoyed as well. All I needed was a can of chick peas or garbanzo beans and a little bit of help from garlic, basil and a sweet pepper.
I used my Ninja that I make my smoothies and her baby purees in for this too.
1 can chick peas or garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
1 basil leaf
1 small sweet pepper (I used yellow)
1/4 tsp minced garlic (mine was in olive oil)
1/2 c water
Blend until smooth
Jar and enjoy!
Baby feeding tips:
Let her do it herself whether that is with her hand, spoon or dipping a carrot or celery in to lick and suck on.
Life is messy and feeding your baby is especially messy…embrace, let go and enjoy!