Coming up with fun and healthy snack ideas for a picky toddler has become a true test of my creativity, intelligence, and patience.
In JBird’s ideal world, I would feed her nothing but cheese and products that contained cheese (preferably cheese in cracker form). Umm, no.
On a daily basis, not only am I trying to appease the demands of my impossibly picky toddler, but I am also trying to cram as much nutrients into her little body to make up for all the crackers, cheese, and lollipops that somehow keep showing up in her mouth (Where did you find those crackers?! I have not bought crackers in nearly 2 weeks?!)
Enter: Monster Bites.
Part Cookie. Part Granola Bar. Part Supplement Aisle at the co-op.
I call them Monster Bites because:
a)They are green..like monsters (right?)
b)They are chock full of “monster” nutrients
c) If you were to eat one in a single bite…that would be one monster bite.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
-1 cup nut butter (I used unsalted peanut butter)
-1 cup of raw sunflower seeds
-1 cup of raw oats
-1/2 cup raw honey (I added more like 3/4 cup of honey…because I couldn’t justify leaving 1/4 cup of honey in the jar)
-1/2 cup chia seeds
-1/2 cup hemp protein powder
-1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1/2 cup dried cranberries
-1/2 cup dried apricots; chopped
-1/2 cup raw walnuts; chopped
-1 tbs pure maple syrup
-1 tbs vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients and stir until everything is well mixed. **It is going to be STICKY…use a strong spoon*.
Form into bite-sized squares (or balls). Place squares in a parchment lined dish. Refrigerate for at least an hour to “set up”.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
These little snack bites are great for kids and grown-ups alike! They are a “clean” snack that will give you a protein boost (and raise blood sugar in the late afternoon…without having a sugar crash).
We enjoy ours with some herbal tea; perfect for chilly winter days 🙂