Finger Food for Babies – Banana Muffins

Once babies begin to show interest in solid foods by reaching for the food on your plate and perhaps seeming hungry and unsatisfied after feeding at the bottle or breast, it is time to start to introduce solid foods with nutritious easy to swallow finger foods.

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Most babies around the age of 9 months begin to utilize the ‘pincer’ grasp, picking things up with their index finger and thumb. This is a perfect time to perfect that skill by the introduction of finger foods.

Although most recipes for baby finger foods recommended are simply cooked or raw fruits and vegetables cut into manageable sized pieces, there is no reason to limit your child’s palate or your creativity.

The following recipe for Banana Muffins is a perfect beginner finger food for infants and toddlers and a recipe that the entire family will enjoy.

Tip: If bananas are becoming over ripe before you can eat them, peel them and place them in a freezer bag in your freezer. When you need bananas for baking, you simply need to thaw them and mash them.

Ingredients

  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1/2 C buttermilk (can be made by placing 1/2 T lemon juice into a measuring cup and pouring milk on top to measure 1 C, allow to sit for about 10 minutes to curdle)
  • 1/2 C (one stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 C apple sauce
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda

Method

Cream the butter and the sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

Add eggs to the creamed butter and sugar one at a time, beating well after each addition

Add the apple sauce and bananas and beat until smooth

In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, alternating with butter milk. Stir until the dry ingredients are moistened, but be careful not to over stir or muffins will be chewy and dense rather than light and airy.

When serving a younger baby, cut all finger foods into manageable sized pieces, and always supervise eating to avoid a choking incident.

If baby is teething, these wonderful finger foods can be kept in the fridge and served cool to alleviate gum discomfort.

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