Feeding a toddler can be interesting to put it kindly. There can be lots of food throwing, refusal to sit-down, refusal to eat certain foods that the child normally likes and more. I am super lucky that my two year old daughter Adalyn is a great eater. Overall, she likes almost all foods- the only things she is funny about right now is beets, grapefruit, mushrooms and sometimes zucchini. Everything else, I can get her to eat.
The rest of the issues are things that we have experienced at times. Up until about 18 months, Adalyn threw food all the time. Now, sometimes she will ask me for something like yogurt and then say that she is done 1 minute later. Most dinners involve a threat or two to sit down and eat her food.
On the other hand, feeding a toddler can be a lot of fun. Yesterday, we were at my parent's house for dinner and my mom told Adalyn everything that we would be eating: salad, Swiss steak with carrots and celery and mashed potatoes. She got so, so excited for the salad and mashed potatoes, it was adorable.
Adalyn has a very similar palate to me so I love to snack with her. We often enjoy a sliced apple together, homemade banana ice cream, chips and salsa, a bowl of cereal, banana slices with peanut butter, etc. I wanted to create a snack for her and I that I knew we would both like and these Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars were born.
They are easy to make and make a great snack or are perfect to pack in your lunch. I pack my breakfast and lunch 4 days per week and these are perfect for breakfast, snacks or to eat with your lunch. Of course, they are approved by my daughter as well.
Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 bars
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 2 tablespoons ground flax, optional
- 1 large Opal® Apple, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Raw oats for topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Mix together all ingredients and spread mixture in pan, smooth out. Sprinkle with raw oats
3. Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
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This recipe uses sweet and delicious Opal® apples which make the perfect ingredient for these bars. Opal® apples are non-GMO certified and are naturally non-browning. That means you can slice them up for lunch and they will not brown. I love cutting up an apple and some carrots everyday to eat eat about mid-morning at work. It is pretty yucky looking when apple slices are brown so I love that these do not turn brown after cutting them up.
When Adalyn goes to school, of course I will be packing her lunches and will use these apples. Adalyn and I are huge snackers and we do not leave the house without snacks on hand- ever! The last few months or so, I especially love slicing up fruit and veggies in a little bag to take on the go. It is so much healthier than stopping for fast food and Adalyn and I both love it. The Opal® apples are perfect for this! They are only available from November to March so get them quickly! They are grown in Washington State by Broetje and Congdon Orchards.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Opal Apples. All opinions are my own.