Baby/Toddler Recipe: Oaty Cereal Bars

A little while ago I came across the fabulous One Handed Cooks blog, full of recipes perfect for little fingers and busy mums.  One of the first recipes I tried for my little spoon feeding boycotter was the Chew-me Oat Fruit Bars.  As soon as they were out of the oven, she devoured three big fingers of it straight away!  They have been a big hit and I have made them a ton of times since – in fact, I like to pretty much always have them to hand, they have become a staple.  They are so quick to throw together and are great for afternoon snacks or even a hand-held breakfast.  I also love that it is a way to get oats into her, with all their folate containing goodness.

Bubba has always preferred finger food, but she has been pretty much refusing spoon feeding altogether lately.  So I decided to come up with a way to get the iron-enriched baby cereal into her and this recipe seemed the perfect vehicle.  So this is my adaptation of the recipe, with a few other tweaks based on what I have in the cupboard and my general laziness (I hate grating things, hence no grated apple as per the original recipe!).  The original recipe is also wonderful as is!

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup iron enriched baby cereal (Farex or the like – I use Rafferty’s Garden)
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
3/4 cup dried fruit (I use whole sultanas, or a mix of sultanas and chopped dried apricots)
1 overripe banana
2 tbsp bran (I put this in for fibrous, poo-promoting goodness)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cup milk
1 egg

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mash/mix with a fork until combined.  Seriously, just chuck it all in at once.  I don’t even beat the egg first.

3. Pour into (baking paper lined) slice tin and cook until firm to touch – in my oven, this is about 30 minutes.

4. Cool and cut into fingers.

Not only is this recipe quick and easy, it’s very forgiving and fun to  play around with.  If you’d prefer them without the baby cereal, just substitute in an extra 1/2 cup of rolled oats, as per the original recipe.  I’m thinking of trying it with blueberries or raspberries in place of the dried fruit – yum!

Let me know if you try this recipe – or come up with any of your own variations!

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Baby/Toddler Recipe: Very Healthy Banana Bread

I found this banana bread recipe when looking for healthy finger foods to make for my 9 month old baby (original recipe here).  I like the recipe because I like to give my baby good, wholesome food – I liked that every single ingredient in this was healthy and I was able to make it without any added sugar.

I made this with honey instead of sugar.  If you’re used to very sweet food, you may like to make this with sugar, possibly even extra sugar.  However, I found myself going back to this bread myself for a very satisfying and guilt free snack.

It certainly passed muster with my harshest critic, who absolutely devoured it.  I should add the caveat that my little guts will devour most anything… but I do think she especially enjoyed this bread!

Ingredient Set 1:

2 cups flour (I used wholemeal, use whatever flour you like!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder

Ingredient Set 2:

3 large very ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups) – mashed
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar (or replace with 1/3 cup unsweetened fruit juice concentrate ormaple syrup or honey)
1/2 cup milk
zest of a lemon or orange (optional – I omited this, must try it next time!)
2 tsp vanilla or 1 Tbsp dark rum (obviously I chose the vanilla for my baby!)

Optional Extras:

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I omitted this for bubba)
1/3 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate pieces (I omitted but must try it!)
1/2 cup chopped dates (I actually used prunes to help with bubbas bowels, actually tasted pretty good and lent a good sweetness to the loaf)

Method:

1. In two separate bowls, combine the two ingredient sets (a dry mixture and a wet mixture).

2. Mix the wet and dry mixtures together until just combined.

3. Fold in the optional extras, if desired.

4. Pour into a greased and/or lined loaf tin.

5. Bake at 180 C for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

6. Leave in the pan for 10 minutes then place on a rack to cool.

 

There you have it – an easy, healthy snack easily adaptable to your tastes and/or your baby’s!

Why not have a slice hot from the oven with a generous smear of butter?