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.
key ingredients to make these vegan granola bars
- Ripe banana
- Natural peanut butter
- Coconut oil
- Vanilla extract
- Hemp hearts
- Old fashioned rolled oats
- Iron fortified baby cereal (rice, ancient grains, or oat)
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Toppings of choice – I use freeze dried raspberries and hemp hearts
How to Make These Toddler 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!
faq about this recipe
Can These Toddler Granola Bars Help with Baby Constipation?
Oh YES! 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 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 this recipe and store them for later?
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.
do you have any other baby led weaning or toddler recipes?
Tons and tons on the blog! But here are a few of my favs to chose from:
So now mamas and dads, what are some of your baby’s favourite on the go snacks? Let me know in the comments below!
Homemade Toddler 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
- 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.
Updated on July 27th, 2020
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.