Banana Berry Oatmeal Muffins

These banana berry muffins are the perfect after school snack for the kids or for a grab and go breakfast on your way out the door. This healthier version is made with bananas, blueberries, strawberries and unsweetened applesauce.

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When Jonathan was younger our cabinets used to be stocked full of baby cereal. He was our first baby, and I was excited when it was time to start him on food, but as time went on, I realized the amount of oatmeal cereal I bought was way over the amount that he would eat. I would mix the oatmeal in with stage 1 and 2 baby foods as he got older, but the supply never seemed to dwindle down, and before I knew it the expiration dates were right around the corner. I would gift the boxes to friends as they would come over, and the rest I would donate to the food pantry.

Until this past week I never thought to make recipes using leftover  baby cereal, and was surprised how many things I could make by substituting certain ingredients for Gerber cereal. Gerber oatmeal cereal is not just for babies, but can be used as a recipe substitute as well like in these banana blueberry muffins.

This past week I have been trying out the four different varieties of Gerber cereals that can be found at Walmart: Oatmeal Cereal Single-Grain, Multigrain Cereal, Oatmeal & Banana Cereal, Lil’ Bits Oatmeal Banana Strawberry. I have mixed the cereals in with a number of smoothies and also with muffins.

Substitute sugar for Apple Sauce.

The kids love banana blueberry muffins for breakfast and in an attempt to make a “better for you” version. I not only substituted the sugar for applesauce, but I used a cup of oatmeal cereal and decreased the flour by one cup to make these banana applesauce oatmeal muffins. The infant cereals are nutrient-rich and provide a VitaBlocks® blend of six B Vitamins, Vitamins E and C, Iron, Zinc and Calcium for healthy growth and development.

Banana Berry Muffins

What you’ll need to make these banana applesauce oatmeal muffins:

  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 ripe bananas –  mashed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Gerber oatmeal cereal
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all wet ingredients (bananas, applesauce, vanilla, milk, egg). In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal cereal, baking powder, salt).
  3. Combine wet & dry ingredients & mix until moist.
  4. Gently fold in strawberries and blueberries.
  5. Spoon into cupcake pan.
  6. Bake until light golden on top, about 16-20 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Scroll down to the bottom for a printable version of this Banana Berry Muffin recipe.

 

Banana Berry Muffins

These healthy muffins are bursting with flavor from the fresh blueberries,bananas and strawberries.

banana blueberry muffins

Banana Berry Muffins

Banana Berry Muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 ripe bananas - mashed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Gerber oatmeal cereal
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all wet ingredients (bananas, applesauce, vanilla, milk, egg). In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal cereal, baking powder, salt).
  3. Combine wet & dry ingredients & mix until moist.
  4. Gently fold in strawberries and blueberries.
  5. Spoon into cupcake pan.
  6. Bake until light golden on top, about 16-20 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

banana berry muffins

I know I’m not the only one that struggles with leftover baby cereal. Next time you have extra in the cabinet, make Banana Berry Muffins or look for recipes using baby cereal, like these Sweet and Savory Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal Crepes.

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Comments

  1. shelly peterson says:

    I would use Gerber cereal to make muffins.

  2. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I would use it to make a cookies or cake.

  3. janetfaye says:

    I could use Gerber cereal in banana bread.

  4. Lauren says:

    I would use Gerber oatmeal in my oatmeal cookies.

  5. Kelly D says:

    I would put Gerber cereal in Zucchini bread.

  6. Lisa Brown says:

    I would is the multi-grain cereal in muffins.

  7. Janet W. says:

    I could use the Gerber oatmeal and banana flavor cereal in my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe.

  8. Elena says:

    I would make banana oatmeal muffins

  9. Cheryl B says:

    I would use oatmeal and banana cereal in my banana bread recipe.

  10. Cheryl says:

    I would make Oatmeal Cookies.

  11. Karen Glatt says:

    I will use Gerber cereal in my Oatmeal Banana Muffins.

  12. LaTanya says:

    for meatballs

  13. Kristen says:

    Maybe it would make a good topping for a berry crisp.

  14. Rachel says:

    I would substitute bread crumbs with Gerber oatmeal in meatloaf.

  15. Laurajj says:

    I would love to try to substitute these in our pancakes!

  16. It’s been awhile since we’ve had muffins, and I def want to try this recipe. Looks delish! And healthier ingredients too, love it.

  17. HS kraftmaking says:

    I would use Gerber cereal to make blueberry muffins.

  18. Jeffrey says:

    I could definitely use Gerber Cereal in my blueberry pancakes!

  19. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I am not one hundred percent sure but I am thin king I could use it with my banana nut bread muffins.

  20. Leidy Ruiz says:

    I would make oatmeal snack bars using the lil’bits cereal, thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Debbie Yoder says:

    I would use the cereal in my meatloaf recipe instead of breadcrumbs.

  22. I could probably substitute it out in my overnight oats!

  23. Natalie says:

    I could use the cereal as a topping to my peach crisp recipe.

  24. cyndi br says:

    I could use this in pancakes

  25. Bianca Norman says:

    Use for waffles!

  26. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Could Use Gerber Cereal In Muffins.

  27. Carole Spring says:

    I would use the cereal in my banana nut bread recipe.

  28. Priscilla S. says:

    I could use it in healthy breakfast “cookies”.

  29. Amy Orvin says:

    I could use it for breakfast muffins.

  30. Another recipe I would make using Gerber Oatmeal Cereal is for my Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal Muffins.

  31. Nancy says:

    I think Gerber cereal would be great added to a fruit and yogurt parfait.

  32. Nikolina says:

    I’d add it to my banana shake instead of apple flakes.

  33. Heather says:

    I would try it in pancakes. It sounds good in my head.

  34. Lyndsey R. says:

    I would use this for Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Thanks for the chance.

  35. Birdiebee says:

    I would substitute Gerber cereal as an ingredient in banana muffins.

  36. Kathleen S. says:

    I would substitute in some oatmeal cookies! I bet that would be pretty alright.. 🙂 First time reader.. Hi!