Peanut Butter Oat Bites

This snack recipe is definitely one of my favorites to make with it being jam packed with protein, fibre and healthy omega 3 fatty acids while being 100% healthy for your entire family. My 18 month old loves anything he can eat with his hands so it’ll be a hit with any toddler and you can be assured your picky eater is getting enough nutrients :)

Here’s some tips:

1) After rolling half of the mixture into balls I’ll add 1 scoop of Whey Basics protein powder to INCREASE THE PROTEIN content even further, making it an excellent post workout snack or simply just something you’ll need to hold you over till your next meal.

2) CUT THE SUGAR down by decreasing the honey to 1/4 cup and the chocolate chips to 1/8 of a cup. To evenly distribute the chocolate I’ll add it to melted coconut oil on a very low setting on the stove and then add in the remaining wet ingredients. Then add to the dry ingredients and mix well!

3) You can easily double or even triple this recipe and freeze the balls so that you always have a healthy snack on hand, NO EXCUSES!

4) Rolling these snacks into balls is a lot of work so if you’re scrapped for time you can put the mixture into a glass Pyrex container (lined with coconut oil), compact it down with a spatula and just cut the end product into squares. LESS FUSS! Just let them sit in the fridge/freezer a while longer so that they will hold.

Give it a try and it will become a staple snack in your home as well!

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (gluten free)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup organic mini dark chocolate chips (carob chips for vegan)
1/2 cup smooth organic peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter of your choice: cashew, almond, wow butter, etc. I personally have a hard time with almond butter but cashew butter is an easier transition into the alternative nut butters :) )
1/3 cup organic honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
1/2 tsp almond or vanilla extract
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp of melted coconut oil
1 scoop of Whey Basics vanilla protein powder (optional)

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir, using your hands works best.

Scoop the mixture with a small cookie scoop and place on a parchment paper baking sheet.

Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving, then freeze some if you’d like.

Store in a container in the fridge or freezer.

VOILA!

When can I start my baby on solids?

Introducing solids will vary from baby to baby, some are ready as early as 4 months and others well past the 6 month mark. The developmental signs that indicate if your baby may be ready to start solids are 1) Sitting upright unsupported; and 2) The loss of the tongue thrust reflex.

At this point you may get the go ahead from your doctor to start solids but I want to emphasize that your baby should genuinely be interested in tasting and chewing food. Many parents are eager to get started with solids but there is no need to rush into this milestone; your child will not NEED to rely on nutrients from foods until the 1 year mark especially if you are nursing. And contrary to popular beliefs, there is no scientific evidence showing that the introduction of solids to your baby will help your baby sleep longer for you at night. If it were true I would have thrown my “granola” parenting ways out the window and given it to my son earlier, any exhausted mother nursing around the clock would. Sorry mamas!

In the mean time, prepare yourself for the mess you’ll be cleaning up all day long! A glimpse of my son Keenan loving his peas and carrots :)