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!
- 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)
- Preheat your oven to 350 F
- Mash the banana slightly.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until everything is combined (it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth)
- 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)
- Sprinkle the top with the extra oats for some texture.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through (insert a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean).
- 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!
- 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
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Blend all of the ingredients until smooth.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- 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!