Apple Breakfast Bars

It seems like I get stuck in a rut a lot when it comes to nutritious snacks for my 18 month old. While it seems like she is content eating bananas and sting cheese for every snack, I have the urge to be more creative in what I serve her! So, as I searched online and on Pinterest, I ran across this recipe, from Wholesome Toddler Food, for Apple Breakfast Bars. All the ingredients looked healthy and looked like something my little girl would eat so, I decided to give it a try.

The original recipe called for dates and walnuts. But, wanting to make it during the nap time that was taking place, and not having dates or walnuts on hand, I substituted in raisins for the dates and left out the walnuts. We will try those next time. Here are the ingredients you will need:

Apple Breakfast Bars
1 ½ cups quick oatmeal
¼ cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup raisins
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup orange juice
1 ½ cups raw apples, shredded

Step 1:
Mix all ingredients together. The only liquid ingredient you mix in is the ¼ cup orange juice which isn’t very much. I started out stirring my ingredients together with a wooden spoon which didn’t go over very well. I had a hard time getting the flour and oats moist. So, when a wooden spoon fails you, use your hands! As I began to mix the ingredients together with my fingers the juices from the shredded apples helped moisten up the dry ingredients and everything mixed together very nicely.

Step 2:
Press the mixture into an 8”x8” baking dish. Pretty self-explanatory!

Step 3: Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes; until light lightly browned.

Step 4:
Cut around the edges of the Breakfast Bars to loosen them up. Work your spatula underneath all sides as well to free the bars from the pan.

Step 5:
Cut the bars while they are still warm.

Don’t they look delicious?! And, even better, my toddler loves them! Yay for another snack idea that is a lot healthier and more filling than Puffs and Mum Mums!

What do you guys feed your toddlers for snacks? Are you creative or do you have your standard go to’s and are also feeling stuck in a rut? I’d love to hear from you so E and I can keep trying new snacks each week.  

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