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Feeding a Toddler // Morning Glory Muffins

May 18, 2016

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This is a sponsored post written in partnership with The Women Bloggers and Kendal King Group. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #CookingWithGerber

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If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you’ve seen these muffins pop up multiple times. I share Ainsley’s meals using the #EasyBabyEats hashtag on Instagram, and it’s been fun to look back through all the different meals I’ve prepared for her when she’s off at her babysitter’s house. Her meals have changed a lot over the months, but this recipe has been a staple.

Gerber has a soft spot in my heart as a mom. I’ve always had a positive association with the brand, and when Ainsley was ready to try her first bites of food around 6 months, Gerber Oatmeal Cereal was the very first thing we tried, followed closely by sweet potato puree.

Now that Ainsley is older, we’ve moved on to a wider variety of foods, but Gerber cereals still have a place in our pantry. When Ainsley had her iron levels tested at her 1-year appointment she came back a little on the low end. Since she isn’t a huge meat eater we’ve been looking for other ways to get iron into her diet, including  fortified cereals that contain iron.

These muffins, which are both a breakfast food and snack for Ainsley (and the whole family) contain both Gerber Oatmeal Cereal and grated sweet potatoes, along with a host of other good-for-you ingredients like whole wheat pastry flour, golden raisins and rolled oats. Because these are geared toward Ainsley, I kept the sugar on the very low end, but our whole family likes them! Just keep in mind they aren’t super sweet.

PS: You probably already know this, but we buy our Gerber Oatmeal Cereal at Walmart, where we do a large portion of our grocery shopping these days!

Morning Glory Toddler Muffins
Serves: 12 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup grated raw sweet potato
  • ½ cup raisins or golden raisins
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup Gerber Oatmeal Cereal
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the milk, vanilla, egg and melted butter. Stir until well-combined. Stir in the raisins and grated sweet potato.
  3. In a second bowl, combine the flour, oat cereal, rolled oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and stir until well-combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 to 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and tops of muffins bounce back when pressed lightly with your finger.
  5. Cool muffins completely on wire cooling rack before serving.

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply Julie S. May 18, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    These look awesome, and seriously a toddler can’t turn them down. Love that you’re including sweet potato in there too.

  • Reply Andrea May 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I wonder if quick oats would work in place of the Gerber…

  • Reply Morgan May 19, 2016 at 11:53 am

    We loved the lil’ crunchies and puffs! Awesome to have when on the go. I would mash up avocado and my boys would use it as a dip for their lil crunchies!

  • Reply Katy Lavelle May 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Our son loves any if the snack items! For some reason I have a hard time coming up with different toddler foods to make him! These muffins sound great and an easy way to sneak in more healthier foods!

  • Reply Laura Zimmerman May 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    These sound yummy! We have one son with sweet potato allergy so I would probably sub carrots. Love easy, hand held snacks!

  • Reply alex robertson May 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    These look fabulous and so healthy! We love the Gerber Graduates Puffs… especially sweet potato. He loves crunchy snacks right now!

  • Reply Alis May 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    The recipe looks great! Do you have a substitute for the infant cereal?

  • Reply Kelsey De Jong May 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    That is a fun recipe, and how inventive to add the cereal! Norah always enjoyed the cereal as well, and she also likes their yogurt and yogurt puffs/bites!

  • Reply Mandi May 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I love adding the cereals/oatmeal into recipes! We even throw it into yogurt to thicken it up!

  • Reply mami2jcn May 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    My daughter loves the Gerber banana baby food.

  • Reply Lindsay West May 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I am looking forward to trying the Gerber oatmeal with my son in a few weeks! He’s 4.5 months old, so we are just about ready to start solids.

  • Reply Julie Johnson May 19, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I enjoy so many of the Gerber products! Everything from the Puffs, to the Gerber Graduates squeezable foods and yogurt, the lil entrees meals, and of course the oatmeal cereal. I made most of my own baby food, so the oatmeal was a great supplement as well as a way to make the baby food a little thicker when needed.

  • Reply HS kraftmaking May 19, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    My kids love Gerber Graduates Puffs Cereal.

  • Reply Lisa Brown May 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    My little ones like the Gerber Graduates Animal Crackers in Cinnamon

  • Reply Cassie May 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    These look amazing! I am sure everyone in the house would enjoy them!

  • Reply Sarah May 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I love breakfast muffins, but it can be so tricky to find healthy alternatives!

  • Reply Mel Lockcuff May 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    These look absolutely scrumptious and chock full of healthy ingredients too. Love it. Pinned so I can come back and make these for my boys.

  • Reply Rosie May 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    We love any Gerber Baby Rice cereal – all varieties – these muffins sound delish!

  • Reply Erin May 19, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I haven’t used any gerber products but baby Bahbah is due in September so I’m super excited to try some out in 2017 when we get to the food stage 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Y May 19, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I’ve never bought any Gerber products for my little guy (eek!!)… Mostly because the closest store is whole foods and they don’t carry it.

  • Reply Jenny May 20, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I loved Gerber puffs when my kiddos were babies!

  • Reply Laurajj May 22, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Oh we love the Gerber Yogurt Blends! The banana vanilla is so good!

  • Reply Kristin May 23, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Is it hard to find the whole wheat pastry flour?

  • Reply Astleigh H. May 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    We are quickly approaching the “eating solids” phase, and I’m so excited to watch Greer try out all of these new foods! I’m sure we’ll be finding plenty of Gerber favorites!

  • Reply Leigh Anne Borders May 24, 2016 at 12:22 am

    We have just now hit the stage and my little boy loves the oatmeal cereal. I try to give him a a little smashed banana with it and he likes that.

  • Reply neiddy May 24, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Our favorite gerber product is the strawberry-apple puffs. Thanks you for the chance to win!
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