I was looking at a box of baby cereal the other day and realized all of the ingredients? Flour. I wondered to myself if it could be used in place of actual flour in a baking recipe. And of course I had to try. I did some searching and found a great recipe for baby muffins using baby food and baby cereal along with regular flour. They came out pretty decently, if I do say so myself. Mine came out a little gooey in the middle, but they weren’t so gooey that they were messy or inedible though. They have that distinct baby food taste to them, so I’m not sure they’d be something I would personally eat regularly, but I bet Garrett is going to love them! And because I baked them in my mini muffin pan, they’re the perfect size for him! (Except he’s a piglet, and I’m sure he’ll actually eat two or three.)
Baby Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup oatmeal baby cereal
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 – 4oz jars of banana baby food
- 1 – 4 oz jar of applesauce baby food
Combine and mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine and mix wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Makes 24 mini muffins. (Or 12 large muffins. You’ll probably need to bake it longer if you do that.)
Possible variations: Multigrain or rice cereal instead of oatmeal. More of less sugar to taste. You could probably omit it altogether and baby would never notice. Different flavors of baby food instead of bananas. I really want to try carrot. (Keep the applesauce though, as it’s in place of oil. Not sure how it’d work with something else.) Breast milk instead of cow’s milk?
My other baby food recipes
Baby Food Pancakes – I made these for Danny and me, but now I make mini ones for Garrett with lots of different flavors. Even vegetables.
Baby Meatballs – A top contender for Garrett’s favorite food. He devours these.