This week we are moving from make-ahead lunches to snacks. My little man is on the move 24/7 and needs little snacks throughout the day. I've struggled with finding easy to prep, healthy, clean options for him. We are not perfect, child has had french fries and chick-fa-la, but as much as I can give him healthy options I'm committed to do it. I first started making these last Fall for breastfeeding snacks and they have been perfect for busy toddlers too. You can make multiple batches at a time and freeze for up to 2 months or keep in the fridge for up to 10 days! Let me know what you think!
15 large Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tbl. Vanilla
2 tbl. Water
1/2 cup Pepita Seeds (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup Almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
2 tbl. Flax Seed Meal
2 tbl. Chia Seed
2 tbl. unsweetened shredded coconut
1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with wax paper, leaving a few inches of overhang on the sides to allow for easy removal. Apply a thin layer of coconut oil and set aside.
2. Add dates, vanilla and cinnamon to a food processor and process until the dates have broken down into a paste. If you notice the mixture is very dry, add 1-2 tbl. water until it turns into a paste.
3. Transfer the date paste to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients (except shredded coconut), mixing well to ensure that everything is fully combined.
4. Transfer the mixture into your prepared baking pan, using your fingers or a spatula to ensure that it is pressed down firmly and evenly. Sprinkle unsweetened shredded coconut over top and press down a bit, then cover and refrigerate. I try to make these after baby is down for the night to allow for them to firm up over night before cutting them into bars or squares Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze.
Let me know what you think!
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