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Healthy Banana Carrot Muffins (Baby, Toddler, Kids)

Healthy banana carrot muffins – naturally sweetened with carrots and banana, enriched with oatmeal and with a soft, moist texture. These healthy baby muffins are freezer friendly and a great breakfast or snack for babies (6 months+), toddlers and older kids.

Banana carrot muffins for babies toddlers and older kids.
Banana carrot muffins for babies toddlers and older kids.

Banana Carrot Muffins For Babies / Toddlers /Kids

To make this delicious and nutritious banana carrot muffin recipe is very easyyou don’t need special equipment, just a fork and one bowl. It’s pretty simple, just like my other banana muffins or  baby blueberry muffins.

Are These Muffins Suitable For Babies Or Toddlers?

Since these mini banana carrot muffins are so soft, they’re perfect for little hands and babies with no teeth that are just trying to learn how to chew, or doing baby led weaning.

  • For 6 months old babies and toddlers, you can skip the sugar and salt. Just make sure before serving these carrot banana muffins, your baby has been introduced to carrot baby food or banana by itself, whether it’s carrot puree or baby led weaning.
  • For older kids they are great as they are, serve the carrot muffins as breakfast or snack for their lunch box.

These baby carrot muffins are just great if you’re struggling with a picky eating toddler. The carrots are there but you can’t even feel them!

Related: Banana Oat Pancakes For Baby

Carrot banana muffins - soft and moist inside.
Carrot banana muffins – soft and moist inside.

Ingredients Needed

  • Carrot – the finer you grate the carrots the better. You don’t need to squeeze out the moisture, just add them as they are.
  • Banana – mashed bananas provide moisture, sweetness and flavor.
  • Flour – I’m using a 50/50 mix of all purpose flour and oat flour. You can also use a white whole wheat flour, it has the same nutritional content as whole wheat flour but is milder tasting and creates a lighter muffin. To make oat flour, I’m using the blender to ground the organic rolled oats that I usually use for making oatmeal.
  • Butter – fat helps with moisture and flavor. Use oil or vegan butter if you want the baby muffins without dairy.
  • Egg – just one egg is enough as the binding agent.
  • Seasonings: cinnamon, nutmeg, salt – for more flavor.
  • Baking soda + acid – acts as the leavening agent, substituting the baking powder.

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How To Make Banana And Carrot Muffins

1. Prepare the ingredients:

  • Grate the carrot (use the smaller holes from a box grater);
  • Grind the rolled oats into flour: place the oats in the blender or food processor and blend until they form a fine flour;
  • Measure the rest of ingredients
  • In a large bowl mash the bananas.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
Process shot showing how to grate de carrots and mash the banana for the baby muffin recipe.
Grate de carrots and mash the banana.

2. Combine wet ingredients:

  • To the mashed the bananas, add the melted butter and egg, mix with a fork until combined.
Process shots showing how to mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients and form the banana and carrot muffin dough.
Carrot and banana muffin dough.

3. Add dry ingredients:

  • To the same bowl, add the grated carrots, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg salt (except baking soda) and mix until combined.
  • At the end add the baking soda and lemon juice and give the muffin dough a gentle final mix (don’t overmix, it will disperse the bubbles).
Process shots showing how to make mini muffins for baby with banana and carrots.
Prepare the mini baby muffins for baking.

1. Bake the carrot banana muffins:

  • Transfer the muffin dough to the mini muffin pan (3/4 of the way full) using 1 to 1.5 tsp at a time. Bake for 24-27 minutes at 350F until golden brown.
  • You don’t need to grease the pan or use muffin cups if you’re using a ceramic coated muffin pan. They will not stick and will release easily.
  • Once baked, don’t attempt to take them out immediately from the muffin pan. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. They will easily detach themselves.
Baked mini banana carrot muffins for baby.
Baked mini banana carrot muffins for baby.

Enjoy the carrot and banana muffins warm or freeze for later.

Related: Banana Bread For Babies, Toddlers, Kids

Make the baby muffins gluten and dairy free:

If you want the banana carrot muffins gluten free, substitute the regular flour with a gluten free blend. You can use a homemade gluten free mix without gums and less starches, or your favorite store-bought one. As for the oats, use certified gluten free rolled oats or omit them entirely by adding more flour.

As butter substitute use oil or vegan butter.

Optional Muffin Add-ins

  • Nuts (crushed or grated walnuts, pecans, almonds etc), provided there is no allergy.
  • Seeds (flax, chia, hemp) for calcium and omega-3.
  • Dried fruits or purees.

Carrot and banana muffins, close up shot.
Carrot and banana muffins.

Related: Banana Pancakes (GF, DF Egg Free Option)

How To Store The Banana Carrot Muffins

  • Store leftovers for 3-5 days at room temperature.
  • Freeze up to 3 months in an airtight container.
  • Thaw / reheat – just pop them out of the freezer and place them back in the muffin tin (or a cookies sheet). Cover with foil and reheat at 170C /350F until heated through (about 15 minutes). 
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Healthy Banana Carrot Muffins For Babies, Toddlers, Kids

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Healthy banana carrot muffins – naturally sweetened with carrots and banana, enriched with oatmeal and with a soft, moist texture. These healthy baby muffins are freezer friendly and a great breakfast or snack for babies (6 months+), toddlers and older kids.
Prep Time 13 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 24 mini muffins
Calories 53.1 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium bananas (about 3/4 cup mashed)
  • 1 large carrot, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 3-4 tbsp butter (melted, / use vegan butter or oil if you want them dairy free)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (to make them gluten free, use your favorite mix)
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (ground rolled oats (use GF if needed))
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar (or coconut sugar – reduce or omit entirely if you want less sugar)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

Prepare the ingredients:

  • Grate the carrot (use the smalle holes from a box grater), make the oat flour (ground oats), measure the ingredients and mash the bananas. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine Wet Ingredients:

  • To the mashed the bananas, add the melted butter and egg, mix with a fork until combined.

Add The Dry Ingredients:

  • Add the grated carrots, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg salt (except baking soda) and mix until combined.
  • At the end add the baking soda and lemon juice and give the muffin dough a gentle final mix (don’t overmix, it will disperse the bubbles).

Bake The Muffins

  • Transfer the muffin dough to the mini muffin pan (3/4 of the way full) using 1 to 1.5 tsp at a time. Bake for 24-27 minutes at 350F until golden brown.
  • You don't need to grease the pan or use muffin cups if you're using a ceramic coated muffin pan. They will not stick and will release easily.
  • Once baked, don’t attempt to take them out immediately from the muffin pan. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. They will easily detach themselves.
    Enjoy warm or freeze for later.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 53.1kcal
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