I believe kids will eat and try new foods when there is a positivity linked to it. Meaning the more they are surrounded by, watch you eat, or help prepare the more likely they are to try a new food, and hopefully they are the right foods. Case in point, I was chopping kale for dinner a few weeks ago and my 3 year old hopped up on the stool next to me and stated “that’s kale, we grew it in our garden this summer”. Mind you she didn’t love picking it and eating it raw during the summer months, but this time her reaction was one of familiarity and her next statement surprised me. “Oh yum, I need some for my birthday party snacks” as she grabbed two fistfuls; one for the ‘party’ and one for a snack! Look how yummy those party treats look! So I will continue to try to expose her to as many foods and cooking processes as possible, as her interest is always peaked when she can have a hands on approach to new foods.
However this weekend at our house I think we’ve finally reached the point where we might have made and eaten too many cookies – gasp! Who knew it was possible?? But cutting out sweet treats entirely isn’t easy, so we made some of these satisfyingly sweet yet good for you granola bars to help us through our cravings. These bars are so easy to make and are filled with chia seeds, pumpkin, coconut oil, and other raw foods that are good for you while tasting great.
The best part about these bars is that they work for breakfast, lunch, or any snacktime of the day and you know they are filled with raw, natural ingredients. Plus kids LOVE to help make them, and they actually don’t make too much of a mess while they are ‘helping’!
Give the recipe a try for yourself, I can guarantee it will not disappoint.
Healthy(ier) Granola Bars:
- 2 cups of oats
- 1/2 cup pumpkin (or sweet potato) puree (I use canned)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (the best part!)
Dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mix, mix, mix! Then press them into a mini muffin pan, freeze for an hour to harden and they pop right out into individual granola bars. They last in the fridge for several days but freeze well. They never last long enough for me to test how long they will hold up in the freezer! Enjoy!
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