Healthy Recipe Ideas for a One Year Old

meal ideas for a one year old

Feeding a little one can be so much fun! I love helping my daughter discover new tastes, textures, and combinations.

At times, however, it can result in a lot of frustration. As a mom of a little one, you’re in the middle of figuring out what your baby likes and dislikes. You’re trying to teach them that food is not meant to be thrown, spit out, fed to dogs, dropped on the floor, hidden in their lap, or any other creative idea they might come up with. We still have A LOT of foods to try and new tastes to discover but I wanted to share some of my little gal’s favorites so far. I’m not perfect in this but I strive to keep the ingredients in my one year old’s food simple and recognizable. I also try to use meat I can trust!

Maybe these yummy recipes for a one year old will save you from wiping up disliked meals from the floor and walls.

Pear, Apple, and Cherry Oatmeal 

via In Sock Monkey Slippers

We call this “Oatmeal Delight” around our house. It’s delicious! I usually make a big batch and freeze servings using a cupcake cooking sheet. My daughter loves this for any meal of the day. It’s easy to grab and also a good meal to practice using a utensil.

oatmeal recipe for baby

Pumpkin Pancakes

These are great to have in the freezer for any meal or an on-the-go snack. My husband and I love them too so I always make a double batch. She has never had a problem finishing one of these bad boys.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Another easy to freeze, easy to make, super yummy meal. She’s never said no to this one!

freezable dinner

Oatmeal Pancakes or Waffles!

I LOVE these pancakes. I also love that my daughter loves them. She especially likes them dipped in applesauce. Make a double batch and freeze them for tons of future meals.

oatmeal pancakes

Pork “Chops” and Applesauce

via Nurture Baby

Thanks to the crock pot, this meal is so easy to make. Like all of the above recipes, this makes for an easy to freeze meal. My gal scarfs it down!


 Banana Split Power Smoothie

Little ones will scarf this healthy smoothie down during breakfast time. Heck, it could be a great healthy snack for any time of the day!

banana split smoothie

Oven Omelet

SOOOOO easy to make and you can add in lots of veggies or customize this to how your kiddo likes it.

oven omelet breakfast recipe

Crock Pot Cran-Apple Sauce

My sister recommended this recipe to me and swears by it. It is a cross between chunky applesauce and cranberry sauce. It’s tart and sweet, looks fancy, but is so simple to make.

crock pot cran-apple sauce recipe

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Here is a unique and healthy twist on an old favorite. This healthy recipe almost tastes like a peanut butter cookie but in muffin form. It goes great with milk and would be a great play date snack or healthy breakfast idea for your one year old.

healthy muffin recipe

Lastly, here are a few more meals from our recipe index that have gone over well.

Zucchini Bread

Savory Breakfast Muffins

Pizza Stromboli

Chocolate Zucchini Waffles

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potato

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Bars

What kind of containers do you store or freeze these types of meals in?

We highly recommend using a BPA-free container or dish. While it may be easier to buy the disposable Glad ovenware containers, it really makes sense to stock up on some quality, safe dishes that you can bake AND store in. After searching long and hard, I highly recommend using these containers from MightyNest:

Glass Baking Dish with Lid (6 cup)Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 8.26.21 PM

Glass Baking Dish with Lid (3 Quart)

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A few reasons I like these:

  1. Glass is a natural, non-porous material.
  2. Glass cookware doubles as food storageware.
  3. Glass is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
  4. The clear lid allows easy visibility to your food.
  5. Because they are oven and microwave proof, you can cook, heat, and store your food all in one dish.
  6. Flat top allows for easy stacking.
  7. They are VERY affordable.

Swing by MightyNest and check them out!

Hope this helps you get started with making some healthy meals for your little one! Make sure to pin this post for future reference!

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  6. Maggie says

    How does your little one eat the pancakes? My LO is 13 months, and has a huge texture/sensory issue…but he loves anything I feed him (he’s just not crazy about picking up and touching messy food). Thank you! Can’t wait to try your recipes 🙂

    • Polly says

      Hate to say it but both of my kiddos have been pretty good eaters. I take no credit for it. At 13 months I would tear pancakes up into bite sized pieces and they would scarf them down. Your little one will make a turn soon. 🙂

  7. Samantha says

    Just made the pumpkin pancakes – my daughter isn’t a big pancake fan but I’m trying to convert her for the sake of my convenience! I LOVED them 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    • Polly says

      Great! We always make a double batch and freeze them. My daughter loves them too!