Toddler Muffins: Whole wheat muffins made with shredded zucchini and pureéd pumpkin, sweetened with mashed bananas, applesauce, and minimal sugar. Suitable for toddlers, children, and adults!
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Toddler Muffins

Whole wheat muffins made with shredded zucchini and pureéd pumpkin, sweetened with mashed bananas, applesauce, and minimal sugar. Suitable for toddlers, children, and adults!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 2 dozen muffins
Author: freshaprilflours.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour*
  • 1 cup quick oats**
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt any fat content is fine
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded zucchini approximately 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips optional***

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line the wells of two 12-count muffin pans with cupcake liners, or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, yogurt, applesauce, and bananas. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined. Fold in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips (if using) until everything is incorporated.
  • Spoon the batter into the wells, filling them about 2/3 of the way full. Bake muffins for 14-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 or 3 days. Since the muffins are so moist, we like to keep them in the refrigerator, where they will last about a week. Muffins can be frozen, up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator or in the microwave as needed.

Notes

*You can use all-purpose flour or a mixture of all-purpose and whole wheat.
**Do not use old-fashioned oats in this recipe. If you don't have quick oats, pulse 1 cup of old-fashioned oats in a food processor a few times until it is a fine texture.
***I like to fill 12 muffin wells and then add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the other half of the batter.
This recipe will also make about 3 and 1/2 dozen mini muffins. If you'd like to use chocolate chips, I suggest using mini chocolate chips and reducing the amount to 3/4 cup. Bake mini muffins about 9-10 minutes.