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
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
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.