Here at Baby Led Feeding, we adore our muffin tins. My personal collection of muffin pan recipes is huge—just peek in on my Pinterest Boards—and is responsible for countless creative, on-the-go, healthy finger foods that have rescued our lunches a’many. I keep my muffin pans ready at all times, whether for baby led weaning breakfast ideas, quick lunch box fixes, or my favorite baby led weaning muffins. You simply cannot have too many muffin tins or recipes to fill them with.
Since muffins are usually labeled a breakfast food, I decided to make a list of delicious, baby led weaning approved muffin pan recipes that will make lunch easier and more fun than ever! As always, these recipes are delicious even if you remove the salt (for those littles), and they are perfect for your entire family. So prepare your tins and clear some counter space–there is no return from muffin mountain.
1. Broccoli Tots
These delightful, tot-sized broccoli bites are ideal for tiny fingers and deliciously cheesy. Minimal ingredients pack a savoury punch, and the broccoli is a wonderful source of folic acid and potassium. This muffin pan recipe calls for breadcrumbs—I make my own using a blender—but I’ve read that rice is just as tasty!
See the Recipe Here: Broccli Tots
2. Super Healthy Pizza Muffins for Baby Led Weaning
What if I told you it was possible to combine two of the most delicious comfort foods into one healthy finger food that your family will gobble down faster than you can cool? Pizza muffins are an all-in-one-pan recipe that will please your pickiest eaters, and each batch is stuffed with an entire cup kale for a boost of protein, vitamins A, C, K, and more.
See the Recipe Here: Super Healthy Pizza Muffins
3. The Fairy Tale Sweet Potato Muffins
If you and baby are up for a lunch-time treat, this muffin pan recipe is not only nutritious, but will satisfy your sweet tooth. It is baby led weaning approved, using only pure maple syrup to heighten the flavor of super-food sweet potatoes. The gorgeous golden base is loaded with heaps of essential iron, calcium, and selenium, as well as beta-carotene.
See the Recipe Here: The Fairy Tale Sweet Potato Muffins
4. Beetroot, Kale, and Goat Cheese Tart
Beetroot is an amazing food filled with iron, potassium, antioxidants, and so much more. If I were to list all the benefits of making beetroot a nutritional staple in your little one’s diet, you would be reading for days! These tart pastries bake beautifully as a muffin pan recipe and fill chunky fingers with joy at the lovely array of colors and perfect blend of savory herbs.
See the Recipe Here: Beetroot, Kale, and Goat Cheese Tart
5. Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
This twist on classic meatloaf is not only genius, it’s scrumptious and freezer friendly. Marrying the flavors of lean turkey and apple creates a delicious combination adults and children alike will absolutely love, and the ground flaxseed is a powerful source of additional protein and fiber. Not only are they healthy, they’re adorable and would make a cute addition to birthday spread.
See the Recipe Here: Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
6. Veggie and Fruit Muffins
As health-conscious parents, there are days we want to throw our hands in the air as we struggle to incorporate veggies into our babies’ diets. This muffin pan recipe is one to keep handy, as it’s loaded to the brim with zucchini and carrots, but the pear and applesauce keep it a sweet secret. Flax seeds and oat flour add tons of heart-healthy fiber, as well.
See the Recipe Here: Veggie and Fruit Muffins
7. Spinach and Cream Baby Pies
These sweet little pies are a perfect finger food for your littles. Iron-rich spinach and double-cream filling all wrapped up in a delicious homemade pastry make an ideal muffin pan recipe. This was one of the first I created for Oscar, and it is a household favorite to this day.
See the Recipe Here: Spinach and Cream Baby Pies
8. Spaghetti and Meatball Bites
Children love spaghetti, so this one is a definite winner! This recipe uses spaghetti squash, which is much more nutritionally dense than classic pasta, and it bakes it nicely into muffin-sized servings. Top your spaghetti bites with a single meatball for a cute, healthy muffin lunch that will quickly become a family tradition.
See the Recipe Here: Spaghetti and Meatball Bites
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