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Baby-friendly recipes: No-added sugar banana and blueberry muffins

When we started weaning Phoebe (over a year ago, where does it go?!) we felt quite strongly that we wanted to keep her sugar intake to a minimum. That’s easier said than done when healthy and important food groups such as fruit and milk contain sugar, but we were keen to do our best to find alternatives to foods with added sugar. This is how I ended up finding suckies yoghurts (read all about why I love these yoghurts!) and also spent many an hour scouring the internet for healthy, no-added sugar, snack and pudding recipes.

I found some great ideas which I took bits of and adapted for myself (which I usually do, I’m clearly not good at just following instructions!). One of Phoebe’s favourites has been these blueberry and banana muffins. They are easy to make and great for using up fruit which has gone a bit soft.

To make 12 muffins you will need:

  • 2 medium bananas or 1.5 larger bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g butter
  • 160g self-raising flour
  • Approx 100g blueberries (if you’re using up fruit and have a bit more or less that will be fine too)

What to do:

  1. Line a muffin tray with 12 muffin cases (I have 2 trays with 6 each!) and preheat the oven to 180 deg C.
  2. Melt the butter – I tend to do this in the microwave and then use the same bowl for the rest of the recipe, but melting over a low hob heat would work too.
  3. Add the bananas into the melted butter and mash them together. Add the eggs and beat all the wet ingredients together. Now add the flour.
  4. Next, you mix in the blueberries. These can either be left whole as they will soften during the cooking process, or chop them roughly into smaller pieces if you prefer a smoother textured muffin (this might be better for younger little ones).
  5. Spoon an equal amount into each muffin case and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Check them with a skewer and if the middle still needs a bit longer give them another 5 minutes.

And that’s how simple it is. Hopefully your kiddies will love them as much as Phoebe does and you can feel happy that you’ve made something so yummy!

What are you tips for reducing sugar intake?
Sarah

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