Healthy Banana, Carrot & Chia Seed Muffins (1 Year+)

3 February 2021
Banana Carrot Chia Seed Muffins from an angle on wire rack

Following my blog post on the yummy ‘Smash Cake With Blueberry Whipped Cream’, the no sugar no butter cake inspired me to create my ‘Banana, Carrot & Chia Seed Muffins’.

Now that Jin’s a toddler, he’s long graduated the super soft mini muffins I used to make and is now biting into something more substantial!


Introducing Sweetness To Toddlers Without Refined Sugar

I’m used to making completely sugar free muffins suitable for 6 months+, which Jin loved but now he’s a toddler, his taste buds have developed more and he’s ready to explore ‘sweet’.

Having said that, I’m not quite ready to give him full-on refined sugar baked goods! With these muffins, I can choose to drizzle in some maple syrup (or not), and it makes a nice introduction to sweetness.

No sugar No butter image

A Boost Of Nutrients


I threw in some Chia Seeds for extra nutrients but you could also use Flax Seeds.
They have similar nutritional values but with some differences:

– Chia seeds are higher in fibre
– Flax Seeds are higher in Omega3

You can read more details about the two seeds here.

Chia Seeds Nutrition Info

Freezer Stock For A Hungry Toddler

Jin is a HUNGRY boy but he can be a little unpredictable in terms of appetite.
That’s why I like to always have a few of these muffins in the freezer so when he’s finished running around like a maniac and suddenly wants a snack, I can heat one of these up in less than a minute. SO convenient!

The fact that they contain a vegetable, a fruit and nutritional seeds is a bonus!

So here we are, my ‘Banana, Carrot & Chia Seed Muffins’.

Ingredients for apple banana carrot muffins
Banana Carrot Chia Seed Muffins from an angle on wire rack

Banana, Carrot & Chia Seed Muffins (1 Year+)

Being Naomi
Healthy and delicious muffins, perfect to stock in the freezer and take out on-the-go.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Snack/Dessert
Cuisine European
Servings 7 Large Muffins or 14 Mini Muffins

Ingredients
  

  • ★ 65 g Wholemeal Flour
  • ★ 65 g Plain Flour
  • ★ 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • ★ 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ★ 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ★ 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of Salt
  • 1 Large Banana / 2 Small Very ripe
  • 1 Large Carrot / 2 Small
  • 60 ml Full Fat Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract The real deal, not vanilla flavouring

Optional

  • 50 ml Maple Syrup
  • Cube of Unsalted Butter

Instructions
 

  • Peel and coarsely grate the carrot. Peel and break the banana into chunks
    Grated carrot and banana
  • Cover and microwave the grated carrot for 2mins and cool
  • Line the muffin tin with the butter
  • Set the Oven to 180°C
  • Combine all the dry ingredients marked with ★ next to it in a large bowl. Set aside
  • Take the banana chunks, grated carrot, milk and optional maple syrup. Pop them in a blender and blend until almost smooth. I like to leave a bit of texture
    ABC muffin wet ingredients in blender
  • Directly into the blender cup, drop in the egg and vanilla essence. Mix with the whisk
    Whisk inside blender cup
  • Pour the mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients in 3 parts, mixing as little as possible (otherwise the muffins will become heavy)
    ABC muffin mixture in bowl
  • Spoon the mixture into a muffin tray, about 3/4 full. I usually get 7 muffins from this
    ABC muffin mixture in muffin tin
  • Bake in the oven for 20mins
  • Take the tray out of the oven and rest the muffins in there for 5min. Then transfer the muffins onto a cooling rack for a few more mins
    Baked ABC muffins in muffin tin
  • Ready to serve!

Notes

Muffin Cases VS Butter Lined Tin: If you prefer not to use butter, place muffin cases into the tin, then  pour in the mixture.
 
Storage: Make sure the muffins have completely cooled down, then store in an air tight container or freeze in a tupperware or sealed bag.
Consume within 3 months.
 
Heat Up:  Microwave for 40-50 seconds.
 
Make It Sweeter For Older Kids and Adults –  Add the Optional 50ml of maple syrup or even up to 70ml for a sweeter taste.
Keyword easy, healthy, muffins, no butter, quick, snack

Give It A Try

If you give this recipe a try, let me know how it turned out in the comments below!
Here’s Jin munching on his usual snack muffin.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Arica Aspenson 5 February 2021 at 2:17 am

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! My kiddos didn’t have really any refined sugar until well after they turned one, but I like this as a way to introduce them to something sweet that is still healthy!

    • Reply BeingNaomi 5 February 2021 at 11:18 am

      Exactly my thoughts on the sugar! My boy has plenty of time to explore the world of sugar out there lol

  • Reply Skye 4 February 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Yum! My kids love all the muffins I make him. I’ll have to give these a try.

    • Reply BeingNaomi 4 February 2021 at 4:23 pm

      Muffins are sooo great and I love how you can hide veggies in them.
      Let me know how they turn out!

  • Reply Anna 4 February 2021 at 2:19 pm

    5 stars
    Ok, I am not a toddler and I don’t have any kids yet, but I am definitely making these muffins! I have all the ingredients at home and your muffins are super nutritious. I love it!

    • Reply BeingNaomi 4 February 2021 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you so much!
      Yep these are totally good for adults and I would probably go heavier on the Chia Seeds 🙂
      Let me know how they turn out!

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