Friday, August 26, 2011
I have been getting a lot of feedback from moms wanting kid friendly recipes that still compete with all the junky snacks that all the other kids have at school. I think the hardest thing about feeding your kids healthy is seeing their friends smashing back Oreo cookies and rice crispy squares from a package. My two do get these from time to time as well, no mother is perfect, all you can do is try your best to give them a healthy start. Ava never stops reminding me what her friends eat.
This is a granola bar that I make a lot for my two but tend to change it each time, depending on what I have around. Sometimes I use almond butter or sunflower seed butter and occasionally I add rough chopped almonds or pecans. Dried cherries would be great added to this granola bar. Chocolate and cherry go hand and hand. I like the goji berry because it is a superfood and I know my kids need more of that. The chocolate chips, well, they are extra insurance that they will get eaten by the kids.
adapted from Anja's Food 4 Thought
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup coconut butter or nut butter (I used coconut butter and macadamia butter)
3/4 cup seeds (I used sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax)
1 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup long shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips (gluten free)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
few pinches of sea salt
Mash bananas in a mixer or by hand. If you are using coconut butter, warm it slightly. Add the coconut butter or nut butter to the bananas and mix thoroughly. Add the remainder of the ingredients.
Grease a 8 X 8 inch baking pan with coconut oil and pour the mixture in and smooth the top. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes and cool before cutting.