These baby led weaning toddler friendly homemade granola bars are completely vegan, made with no added sugar and are no bake making them the perfect easy healthy BLW snack recipe.
I don’t know about you, but I get super overwhelmed in the grocery store when I get to the granola bar aisle. Endless choices, and majority of the time they’re packed with sugar and very little nutrition. So I set out to create my very own toddler friendly homemade granola bars for Baby E. These bars make the perfect healthy snack for your little one without spending hours in the grocery store aisle trying to pick a healthy option.
How to Make These Toddler Homemade Granola Bars
Not only are these vegan granola bars made with no added sugar, they’re no bake! HELLO. So when you have practically NO TIME, these bars make putting together a healthy snack so easy without reaching for the pre-packaged, high sugar options.
To make these bars, in a food processor, I puree banana, peanut butter, coconut oil, prunes and vanilla until smooth. Then in a bowl, I mix together cinnamon, flax, hemp hearts, oats, cereal and coconut. Combine the wet and the dry then add to a parchment lined pan and freeze.
Once frozen, cut into bars and feed the kiddies! You’ll never have to hit up the granola bar aisle every again!
Why These Toddler Homemade Granola Bars Help with Baby Constipation!
The secret ingredient in these toddler homemade granola bars are…. PRUNES. Baby E actually LOVES prunes, and I’m a proud dietitian mama to say that he is VERY regular. But the prunes in this recipe is a great alternative to dates because they’re naturally sweet while helping promote regularity and reduce baby constipation.
Where do I find freeze dried fruit for these homemade granola bars?
I buy my freeze dried fruit online, and we go through a lot of it. It’s a great way to add a ton of flavour and pretty colour without added sugar (aka. no food colourings, and no sprinkles/candies). You can find all sorts of flavours, so buy a few (check out my amazon affiliate link here) and you can mix and match.
Can you Make a big batch of these toddler homemade granola bars and store them?
Yep. That’s how I roll. I like to make a lot of ANYTHING I’m cooking, and then I have these in the freezer in a freezer bag to pull out when Baby E needs an on the go snack. They thaw out in moments, so by the time you bring them wherever you’re headed, they’re ready for snacking.
So now mamas and dads, what are some of your baby’s favourite on the go snacks?
Have you tried these tested and perfected baby and toddler friendly homemade granola bars with no added sugar?
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Toddler Vegan Homemade Granola Bars
- 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
- 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 3 tbsp melted virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup prunes chopped
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup flaxmeal
- 1/3 cup hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats gluten free if desired
- 1/2 cup iron fortified baby cereal rice, ancient grains, or oat
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup freeze dried raspberries
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- To a food processor, puree the banana, peanut butter, coconut oil, prunes, and vanilla until smooth.
- To a bowl, mix the cinnamon, flax, hemp, oats, cereal, and coconut. Add the wet ingredients to the dry until incorporated.
- Line a 9x9" pan with parchment paper in both directions and press into the bottom of the pan.
- To a food processor, or blender, pulse the freeze dried raspberries until they turn into a fruity powder. Sprinkle on top of the mixture, along with the hemp hearts. Pack down tight. Freeze for one hour before cutting into bars.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.