Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Healthy Toddler Meals: Oatmeal cookies and blueberry bars

 Healthy toddler meals: oatmeal cookies and blueberry bars for breakfast    
Since deciding to do this whole healthy/getting fit thing, I've been craving sweets. Sweets like cookies, tasty, gooey ones that practically melt in your mouth- mm. In order to satisfy my sweet tooth, while still remaining on track with my plans to drop lose a few pounds, I came up with these healthy cookies: 

Healthy berry-licious oatmeal bars

Healthy carrot cake oatmeal cookies

I love that these bars and the cookies are perfect for a busy morning breakfast for the kiddo. I can freeze the batter and then whip them up very quickly if I need to. I simply take the batter out the night before, leave it in the fridge, and then bake them in the oven for breakfast. I have also frozen the baked cookies. Either way, my toddler loves eating them for breakfast along with some fruit and yogurt! Even though I use these as healthy toddler meals on the go, they really are delicious and are certainly tasty to eat as a guilt free dessert! 

Here are the recipes: 


Berry-licious oatmeal bars recipe


Healthy toddler breakfast meal


Blueberry breakfast bars

Ingredients: 

*Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius to 392 Fahrenheit
1. 300 grams of berries (about 10 oz), but more would be better :) 
2. 4 teaspoons vanilla
3. 2 cups oats (not instant) 
4. 2 cups buckwheat flour*
5. 2 eggs
6. 3 really ripe bananas
7. 2 teaspoons baking soda
8. 1/2 cup milk of choice 
9. 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
Bonus ingredient: Chia seeds! I would add about 1/4 cup, and take away the same amount of flour. 

*Buckwheat has a strong flavor. You can also use a mixture of whole wheat flour and buckwheat. You can also add 1/4 cup of honey for extra sweetness. The kiddo and I like them without the extra honey because of the bananas. 


Instructions: 

1. Combine dry ingredients
2. Add mashed bananas and milk
3. Mix well, but do not over mix
4. Optional: In a separate bowl, mix berries and mash them a bit. You could also cook them on low heat, but I find that the berries get goo-ey enough without that. 
5. In an oven safe dish, distribute half of your dough mixture evenly
6. Cook in oven on 200 degrees Celsius or 392 Fahrenheit for five minutes  
7. Take the dish out of the oven, distribute berries evenly throughout
8. Add the remainder of your dough and bake for another 8 to 12 minutes


Munchkin looooves these and so do I!


Carrot cake oatmeal cookies


Carrot cake cookies


Carrot cake cookies

Ingredients: 

1. 2 cups oats (not instant)
2. 2 carrots (steamed) 
3. 2 very ripe bananas 
4. 1/4 cup milk of choice 
5. 2-3 teaspoons vanilla
6. 1 egg
7. 2-3 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
8. 1/4 cup apple sauce (I made mine at home! Recipe to come) 
9. 1/4 cup raisins
10. 1 teaspoon baking soda


Instructions: 

*Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius to 392 Fahrenheit for five minutes  
1. Add oats to blender, and blend until they are a powder
2. Mix all dry ingredients together
3. Puree carrots and bananas (I mashed them, as you can see below, but usually, I blend) 



4. Mix the rest of the ingredients together 
5. Spread the cookies out onto a baking sheet 
6. Bake for 8-12 minutes on 200 degrees Celsius or 392 Fahrenheit


Carrot cake cookies

Carrot cake cookies

Another hit around here - kiddo is obsessed, and so am I!

As a note though, if you want extra sweetness to both of these treats, add some honey (1/4 cup). For us, the ripe bananas are enough. The kiddo doesn't mind if his desserts are not too sweet, so we are ok with keeping things this way as long as possible. I know that it's not for everyone though. Another option would be to add 1/4 cup of dates and/of raisins and putting them in a food processor until they form a paste. This would definitely add a lot of sweetness.

If you want more easy toddler meals, including Freezer meals, check out my Healthy Toddler Meals round up. You could also stop by my Toddler Meals board on Pinterest for even more inspiration by clicking the link below:

Freezer meals pinterest board



Today, I'm linking up at:

 Savoring Saturdays


Thanks for reading, 
Yuliya