I have a recipe that I’d like to share. It was a huge hit with Sage, but also a practical snack or breakfast for any age! We started introducing solids to Sage via baby-led weaning when she was 6 months old. Now, just over 7 months, she is loving a variety of foods and eager to try whatever we offer her. This week, I came up with the recipe as a ‘less mess’ breakfast option.
We’d been having apple sauce and oats – Sage has been ‘practicing’ with a spoon, but hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it. It’s adorable, but messy and we don’t always have a lot of time for messes in the morning. This ‘PB&J breakfast bar’, as I’m calling it, proved to be both delicious and easy to clean up.
Breakfast bar ingredients:
– 1 banana (mashed)- 1 cup oats (we used gluten free quick-cooking. Can be up to 1 1/4 cups, feel free to add more oats to get the right consistency for your bars)
– 2 tbs all natural peanut butter (I use unsalted for baby and the PB we like has the following ingredients: peanuts. Can also use almond butter, sunbutter, or, if you’re weary of feeding baby nut products, the PB can be omitted completely)
– handful of blueberries mashed (this is the ‘jelly’ part – feel free to experiment with other types of fruit)
– Preheat oven to 350degrees
– Combine mashed banana and oats
– Add in peanut butter and mashed berries
– Mix until you have a ‘doughy-paste’ (the best description I can come up with. It shouldn’t be too sticky or too dry, so play around with the banana to oat ratio)
– Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with oil of choice (I like coconut oil) and form dough into bars
– Bake at 350 for 12 minutes and let cool before serving
This made about 6 bars, the same size as your typical breakfast bar. You could easily double this recipe.
I actually find that these firm up even more after being stored at room temperature for a few hours, which makes them less likely to crumble. The recipe was adapted from my favorite 3-ingredient cookie recipe, which is mashed banana, oats and Enjoy Life (allergen-free) mini chocolate chips. Same idea, you mash, mix and form into cookies then bake for the same time. SO good! I will share them with Sage when she gets a little older, not sure I’m ready to introduce her to chocolate just yet 😉