Baby Banana Quinoa Muffins

The second Liv sees a banana, she’ll immediately start saying “anana? Anana? Nana? NANA?” until she gets a bite ๐Ÿ™‚ย Livi pretty much loves anything banana, which is convenient since it’s such a healthy, portable snack.

Bella likes banana, too, which is also convenient when Liv decides to toss her discarded banana bites on the floor.


Whenever I put banana in something, it’s guaranteed to be a hit with someone in the family, human or fur variety. Since I’m always looking for more easy breakfast components and snacks, I thought it would be fun to make some muffins for Liv. I could make a batch and freeze them, just like I do with her beloved pancakes.

When Livi first tried one of these muffins, Bella anxiously waited under her high chair for the moment Liv decided she was done and the rest would be flung to the dogs. Poor Bell didn’t get any of this muffin, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Baby Banana Muffins

Gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats)

Allergy considerations: egg, milk

*Liv was just under 13 months when I made her these, but I wish I would have made them sooner! Always check with your ped before introducing new foods to your baby



– 1 ripe, mashed banana

– 1/4 C quinoa, rinsed and boiled for 10 minutes

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– 1 C oats, ground

– 2 medjool dates, chopped

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– ย 1/2 t vanilla

– 1 egg yolk

– 4 oz full-fat yogurt (Liv loves the Yo Toddler and Yo Baby yogurts)

-pinch of sea salt

-1/4 t cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray mini muffin tins with nonstick spray or olive oil. Rinse and start boiling the quinoa.

2. In a large bowl, combine the mashed banana, yogurt, vanilla and egg yolk.

3. In a small food processor, add the sea salt, cinnamon, oats and dates- process until well-chopped, but not totally fine/smooth.

4. Add the oat mixture to the yogurt mixture. When the quinoa is finished, stir it in and mix well.

5. Spoon into the mini muffin tins (full-sized would be fine too, of course) and bake for 15 minutes at 350.

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6. Let cool completely, then store in the fridge or freezer.

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Hope you and your family love them!


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  1. Erica { } on February 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    These look divine! I’m on such a major quinoa and banana kick right now. I can’t wait to make these up!

  2. Sara @ fitcupcaker on February 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I love quinoa in muffins, granola bars…well anything really, it tastes so good so many ways ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on February 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    those look so yummy! i wish i had you as a mom chef ๐Ÿ˜› haha

  4. Danielle on February 4, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    These look amazing! I’ve been all about quinoa lately!

  5. Becca on February 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I’m so freaked out to try the quinoa! I may have to bite the bullet for my babe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Heather on February 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    My Landon (11 months) LOVES your recipes. We’ve tried the savory quinoa muffins, pancakes, nibble bars and these are up next! He’ll love them, I’m sure! Did you use plain yogurt or flavored?

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      whoo hoo! we used the strawberry banana flavored and they came out awesome

      • Heather on February 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        Thanks! You should feel special. He is SUPER picky but has loved everything of yours I’ve tried! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Fitnessista on February 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

          i’m so honored! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. JUNE on February 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Do you reccommend anything to substitute the dates? Its not really something I keep around. Maybe raisins would work?

  8. meredith on February 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Is there a particular reason you use only the egg yolk?

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      up to a year many pediatricians recommend only giving the yolk, as the whites are the portion that are highly allergenic. now it’s just a habit

  9. Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut on February 6, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Wow these look great! I haven’t baked with quinoa yet so I’m very curious to see how these turn out!

    I’m on kind of a banana kick lately too, so perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Shaina Anderson on February 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

    These look delish! On the list to make this week ๐Ÿ™‚ You seriously have such fantastic baby food ideas. Tripp says thank you!

    We just made the jump to using whole eggs and he LOVES them! He’s 8.5 months, but I felt okay doing it after a few months of just yolks and no family history of allergies….every family & mama’s comfort level is different obviously. I tried it because he loooooves feeding himself, and scrambled whole eggs are kind of lumpy so he can pick them up himself.

  11. Lauren L. @ Newest Obsession on March 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I just made these for a pre/post/during exercise snack because I had all of the ingredients in my pantry. They were super easy, and they taste delish! Not too sweet, which is just the way I like them. I divided the batter evenly amongst 12 full sized muffin tins and they turned out great.

  12. Alyssa on March 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Did you use rolled oats or whole/steel-cut oats? Really looking forward to making some of these, my 9 month old is really getting into feeding herself lately.

    • Fitnessista on March 26, 2013 at 1:04 am

      rolled oats! hope your little lady loves them ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Alyssa on March 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

        My baby and my toddler both inhaled these! Thanks so much, I think these are going to be coming out of the oven regularly. It’s so hard to find a breakfast that they both can eat, so I’m not making 3+ meals every morning.

  13. Elsa on July 27, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Just made these for my 13 month old with a few adjustments because of food allergies. I supplemented a flax egg for the egg yolk and 1/4 cup rice milk for the yoghurt. (would have used soy yoghurt but had none on hand) Pretty yummy! I’m sure my little one will eat them all up

  14. jennifer. on April 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    is it necessary to include the dates? i don’t usually have any on hand. can i use 1/2 an additional banana ?

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      I think they really help w texture and holding them together. What about raisins or another dried fruit?

      • jennifer. on April 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        my little guy turns one next Sat so I have not yet given him any dried fruit yet. In this recipe it may be best to stick with the dates as they are bit softer in texture than raisins. Thanks for the reply and have a great Easter.

  15. Becky on May 26, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Can i use precooked quinioa? i have a bunch of precooked quinoa in the fridge right now.

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