Monday, August 8, 2011

Make Your Own (healthy) Breakfast Bars for Toddlers

YIKES! Where did my good eater go? We are STRUGGLING for healthy foods that my boy will eat! I guess now that he can play and move, eating has taken a backseat. That would explain why he has plateaued at right under 30 lbs for months now.  His most recent obsession: BREAD. Anything bread like he wants, and he wants ALOT of. We started with Jammy Sammys, then Kashi Breakfast bars and sometimes even Nutri-grain bars. 
(FYI: kashi is better since they do not contain any corn syrup) but still... I wanted to try and make my own for health as well as financial reasons. 
I have been working on the recipe for 2 weeks now. My first batch I used this recipe:

Units: US | Metric


  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. 2
    Mix all of the above ingredients except the jam into a crumbled texture.
  3. 3
    Divide in two portions. Pat half into an 8 x 8 pan.
  4. 4
    Top with your choice of jam or jelly.
  5. 5
    Crumble the remaining dough over jam evenly.
  6. 6
    Bake for about 30 - 35 minutes until light brown.
  7. 7
    Cool completely and cut into squares.

The problem with this was it still was not too healthy and was a little bit chunky. 
My next try was today.  I changed it up by putting all my dry ingredients in the food processor and blending them to a fine powder before adding the butter. ( I always use real butter) and then instead of jelly I bought a organic fruit spread that did not have any added sugars in it. I substituted half of the flour measurements with milled flax seed. 

The food processor helped with the texture ALOT.
I also cooked for 35 minutes this time around (instead of 30) to see if it would help them be less crumbly.... not so much. but they are DELISH. I mean good to momma AND baby!  Smells and tastes a lot like cobbler.
So it is still very much a  work in progress. I am NOT good in the kitchen! If any of you have ideas on how to make the crust stick together better I would love to hear them. Also if you can think of ways to make this more healthy that would be awesome. For now, I am just trying to be happy with the fact that it is not processed and its much healthier than the alternative. I can not blame the boy for his bread addiction as I LOVE BREAD in every and all forms.


Cory Holder said...

The bite I had yesterday was YUM! Could you make blueberry and add some vanilla ice cream? Mmmmm.

emilie said...

Sounds so delish! As for the pickiness, try not to stress too much! My sweet Mitchell who used to eat an adult portion of spinach and an entire sweet potato for his dinners has gotten a bit pickier over the last couple months, too. BUT, my pedi said that literally if he gets a couple cups of milk and one green bean{those were her words!} he will be fine! She said it would pass and it pretty much has, he's back to eating whatever we give him which is {mostly} healthy stuff! But if you get way busy running around or are travelling and have to succumb to the {yikes!} fast food chicken nuggets{!}, I will not judge you :){and I will recomend wendy's as they seem to be his favorites, not that we've tried them all or anything!}
Also, for convenience-sake (portability), the target brand cereal bars are just as good as the Gerber ones IMO!

KM said...

YUM!!! I am going to give this a try! Thanks for posting!


Erin Caden Rogers said...

I think this is my 1st time commenting:) My husband Matt is John Macon's 1st cousin and we love Sarah:) Looks like a great recipe! I would suggest adding an egg to the crust as I think it would help hold it together. You need a "binder" and eggs are binders. Also, I want to tell you to "not stress" about your babe not seeming to have much of an appetite. I did my fair share of stressing over this exact thing and I had to seek counsel with my Ped and my Mama:) Both told me the exact same thing....babes grow the most they will ever grow their first year. If they ate as much as they ate that 1st year and grew at the same rate of growth as that 1st year, it wouldn't be normal. His brain isn't telling him to eat as much right now, and that's a good thing...because he's listening to his brain and he's not eating to just eat:) and isn't that what we all want? Babes that don't self soothe with food and listen to their own intuition about not overeating and eating when they are hungry? I suggest this: keep offering the same ole' foods he's been eating. If he doesn't want them, don't offer anything else....that's a sure fire way of ending up with #1 picky eater. He may even go a few days with not eating much...its completely normal. I know the Mama in you is completely stressing over this but I promise...he will eat when he is hungry. He will eat what you put in front of him...when he is hungry. Keep offering meals and snacks but be careful to not let snacks take precedence. Offer milk, but not over the general reccomended servings (16 ounces). Your bars look great and I think you could bulk up that nutrition by adding some frozen chopped spinach (drained and squeezed dry) to the fruit mixture. Frozen spinach is better for you than fresh and its so easy to add to baby meals. I still put it in my 3 yr olds spaghetti sauce and veggie muffins;) Also, man cannot live on bread alone! I think its fine to offer him bread...but not at every meal. Keep it within the reccomended daily serving sizes for, everything I see is based on an active 2 yr old, but, you can easily adjust the rec's. However, it does say that the daily suggested foods are: Grains-3ounces, Veggies-1cup, Fruits-1cup, Milk(Calcium)-2cups(16oz), Meats(Protein)-2ounces. Its going to be hit or miss for a few years. Rutledge turned 3 at the end of March and this summer we have seen a HUGE change in his eating. For the last 2 years, I considered it a good day to get 1 solid meal and a good snack in him and we usually succeeded. This summer, he's been eating 3 square meals a day, 2 full snacks and sometimes extra. We still aren't where we need to be in the veggie department, but, we are making a lot of progress. I also tried, the last 2 yrs, to make breakfast really count in the calorie department. Rutledge lurvs him some oatmeal (with milled flax seed as a bonus)...I make a batch every week so that its easy to heat up in the mornings...I add a scoop of nutella and some butter in there before serving;) add a side of applesauce and we've got a good meal. I used to whirl it up in the food processor until he gradually got used to the texture. I hope my 2 cents helped and didn't offend:) Have a great rest of the week! Oh, and I loved the milk and green bean comment:) Our Ped said pretty much the same thing! They really just don't require as much as they used to:)

Marlee said...

We loooove these 2 recipes that I found on this blog:

1. Homemade fruit roll-ups

2. Homemade Granola bars (recipe at the bottom of this post)

grizaham said...

thats a great pic of peebs!

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