Fueling a baby is a completely different ball game than fueling a toddler. If your 1-year-old is as picky as mine is, then you understand the struggles of everyday meal planning. What I have come to realize is that the jazzier the breakfasts are the more likely she is to try them. Super annoying but not uncommon. I have been testing out some new healthy recipes with her to see what she will stick with for a while and these are a few that she has approved!

Banana Bran Muffins

I was giving her oatmeal with bananas and she one day was not having that texture anymore. So the way I jazzed that up was by turning pretty much the same ingredients into a yummy easy-to-eat muffin!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour (I like using oat flour instead)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large ripe banana ( the riper the better)
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 to 4 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats (optional for topping)
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Mash the banana slightly.
  3. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until everything is combined (it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth)
  4. Add the batter to a sprayed muffin pan (I personally just add a little olive oil or butter instead of spray to be a little more health-conscious)
  5. Sprinkle the top with the extra oats for some texture.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through (insert a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean).
  7. Let cool before removing from the muffin pan.

These are great meal-prepping options, making them also perfect for the on-the-go family! They can be refrigerated for up to a week.

Sweet Potatoe Oat Waffles

My husband even loves these so they have become a staple in our household!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fully cooked sweet potato
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs (I like to only use the whites of 1 egg)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Directions:
  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Blend all of the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Grease iron with your preferred ingredient (I like just to use butter). Pour ⅓ cup into each waffle mold and let cook for around 30 seconds passed when the timer (or light) goes off.
  4. Serve with syrup and/or fruit!

Avocado Blueberry Smoothie

My daughter recently decided that she no longer likes to eat blueberries by themselves. I have no idea why. So I started incorporating them into smoothies! Smoothies are a nice option to have for those days when they are so active that they fight you to sit and eat. I found this smoothie recipe from The Lemon Bowl blog!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup avocado
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup oatmeal (No, it does not need to be cooked first. You can also use baby oatmeal.) 
  • ½ cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2-3 ice cubes
Directions:
  1. Blend together! The smoothie stays good up to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

These 3 meals have made breakfast time run so much smoother with my little one. I understand how difficult it can be to get a toddler to not only sit still long enough to eat a meal but also get them to like it! I will continue to share recipes that my 1-year-old approves of in hopes of inspiring your next meal idea! You’ve got this, mama!

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