Foodie Friday: Toddler snack

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In our house, one of our constant struggles is what to eat. What should we feed the kids, age 15 months? We need something that’s healthy, well-balanced, not to messy, easy and we have ingredients for in the house. What should we feed us? What to feed us is something we haven’t figured out yet, at least not completely, although

Enjoying a snack in the stroller
Enjoying a snack in the stroller.

having me work fewer hours certainly helps, but we have found an easy, non-messy, travel-friendly snack for the kids. And, as a bonus, they love them! We take them as snacks in the car, in the stroller, or in a bag in my purse to pull out in hunger emergencies. We make a batch on the weekend and use them throughout the week as an alternative to any of the processed snacks. (Note photo of the kiddos happily munching their snacks at the zoo). Keeping them in the fridge helps them stay fresh all week.

Fruit and Oatmeal bars
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 8-oz. container vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. fat-free milk
2 tsp. vanilla
11/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup diced dried mixed fruit, such as raisins or dried cranberries 

You don't have a better snack than I do, do you?
You don't have a better snack than I do, do you?

Heat oven to 350F. In large bowl, combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Add to yogurt mixture; mix well. Stir in oats and fruit (and nuts and chips if you choose to use them).
Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan.
Bake 28-32 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.

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13 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Toddler snack”

  1. That looks like a FABULOUS recipe! I am in awe of you for having the initiative to make your own!

    Maybe I can get the kiddos in the kitchen with me…

  2. Thanks for the great recipe! I will def be trying this one out next week as we are going on a 9 hour trip and it just might come in handy with my 21 m/o twins.

  3. Those sound really good!! I’m dealing with a real problem with my 16-mos old twins being very picky suddenly about everything they eat (but they’re fine with eating sand at the park…go figure!)

    I’m gonna try making this sometime this weekend…thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. Thank you ! I too have the same problem with what healthy snack to feed them that they’ll actually eat! I will be making these this weekend.

  5. I just made these with chopped dates, dried cranberries and raisins. They were a huge hit at the pool party we went to this afternoon! Both the parents and the children enjoyed them (and a number of parents asked me where they could find the recipe). Thanks again for the recipe!

  6. How awesome! I just recently switched my whole family over to healthy natural foods only and have been searching for a granola bar recipe! YIPPEE!!!!
    If I make these, would you mind me reposting on my recipe blog and linking back to you?

  7. I made these yesterday, with a few changes: I left out the white sugar, used two whole eggs, and used a mix of white and whole-wheat flour.

    YUM.

    The twins and I all loved them. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  8. We LOVE these. I used all whole wheat flour and two mashed bananas and 1/3 c. buttermilk instead of yogurt (only cause we were out of yogurt) and they’re great! (I even throw in a handful of millet, and some ground flaxseed sometimes). My 2 year olds request them as “muffin bars” and can’t get enough. I love being able to give them as much as they want and know they’re packed full of goodness. THANK YOU!!!

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