If you struggle to get nutritious food into your picky kids, help is on the way! This is a delicious, easy recipe for yogurt breakfast bars (no refined sugar!) your child-critic will love!
This post was originally written as a sponsored post for Happy Family Yogurt and has since been revised.
A Healthy Solution for Picky Eaters
I’m not sure what happens in the time when a child is an adorable 9-month old baby who cheerily eats everything you give him and then turns into a finicky child who has narrowed down his diet to chicken nuggets and Cheerios.
I’m sure many-a-mom has said, ‘He was such a good eater as a baby! I don’t know what happened!” Me either, sister.
It is a daily struggle to get nutritious food into the mouths and down to the bellies of my twin boys. The importance of this became ever so clear this winter when one of my sons was sick probably – six times? I lost count. And, on top of that, he has been complaining too often that his tummy hurts.
Since 80% of our immune systems is derived from gut health and what we eat largely contributes to that, I knew I needed to up my game in the nutrition department. It was too important to just let him be picky.
Yogurt: A Healthier Choice for Kids
Most moms know that you have to be a little sneaky if you want to get healthy food into your little human. These yogurt breakfast bars can give you a little jump start to getting some covert nutrition into your willful toddler.
The recipe is simple, but it really using organic yogurt that puts it over the top for me, as far as nutrition goes.
- First, there are no added sweeteners (and we all know how awful sugar is for us!)
- It is mindfully made with probiotics – another key component of gut health.
- It is USDA Organic, made without toxic, persistent pesticides or artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners – again, free of other ingredients that are SO bad for growing kids (and anyone, really).
- It is non-GMO – another plus in my book.
- It’s made with Whole Milk Yogurt and Vitamin D – good, healthy fat.
Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Bars or Snack
We used strawberry and banana yogurt for our breakfast bar recipe but you can use your favorite flavor. I tweaked this version to include some extra nutritional goodies like coconut flour (instead of white) and maple syrup (instead of sugar). It’s loaded with so many good things for your little one.
You’ll find the recipe at the bottom of the post. Here are some pictures of these delicious bars and my boys gobbling them up!
This is what the bars will look like just before going into the oven.
Yogurt breakfast bars fresh out of the oven!
There they go, nutritious food down the hatch!
OK, on to the recipe for the bars! Here it is, listed below!
Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Bars that Your Picky Child Will Love!
- 2 cups organic corn flakes (or other cereal that crumbles easily)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup coconut flour (almond flour would work also)
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup butter. softened
- 1 cup yogurt (use HappyTot Yogurt for the biggest nutrition punch!)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp additional coconut flour
- 3 tbsp carob chips (or dark chocolate chips)
- 3 tbsp organic coconut flakes
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl, combine corn flakes, cinnamon, coconut flour, and maple syrup.
3. Cut butter in 5-6 chunks and add into the mixture. You made need to use your hands so the mixture becomes crumbly.
4. In a greased 8x8" square dish, take 1/2 of the mixture and press it down firmly so it covers the surface.
5. In a separate bowl, mix together yogurt, egg and 2 additional tablespoons of flour.
6. Pour yogurt mixture into the dish, covering the bottom ingredients.
Crumble remaining mixture over the top of the wet ingredients.
7. Cook for 25-30 minutes, or until edges and top are lightly browned.
About 10 minutes before the bars are done, sprinkle carob chips and coconut over the top and lightly press down.
Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Bars for the Win!
These yogurt breakfast bars were a hit with the boys! Finally, something my picky eater boys loved – and it was a healthy breakfast treat as well! This would also be perfect as an after-school snack, too!
More Food Ideas for Kids
If you’d like to try another version of a yogurt breakfast or snack, your kids (and you!) will love these frozen yogurt dark chocolate and coconut granola cups!
We also love just straight-up granola for breakfast or snack! Here’s our favorite homemade granola recipe that we just devour!
Charcuterie boards are also another fun way to help picky eaters! This post will give you tips and tricks for creating a board on your own for picky eaters – family-friendly ideas for kids and adults.
This post has 25 Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board Ideas, all ready to go!
Looking for a fun recipe to try with your child? These Spring Butterfly Chocolate Chip Cookies are a blast to do together!
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below!
The Berry Basics - Courtney says
I love the pictures on this post!
Thank you! I’m not sure if you meant my boys or the food – I definitely think the boys top the breakfast bars, lol! Thank you so much for coming by! 🙂
These look delicious!
Thank you, Shayla! They were really fun and really easy to make! 🙂
Donna Miller says
This looks so yummy! I don’t hat tots at home (except when my g-babies come to visit) but I still want to make this lol! Your kids are so cute! Blessings … ❤
Thanks, Donna! That’s a perfect grandma treat! 🙂 And it is def. good for adults with any kind of yogurt! 🙂
They look delicious
They were super-easy to make, too! I hope you give them a try, Sara! Thanks so much for coming by! 🙂
You should also add “that your picky husband will love.” My husband loves blueberries, I’m going to give this a try!
Ha! I hope so ! My husband is picky and typically revolts against anything healthy! lol
Can you make these breakfast bars without eggs? My son is allergic and I really want to make something like this for him because on top of being deathly allergic to eggs he is also a super picky eater smh!
Ugh, I’m so sorry! That must be so hard! I’ve never tried making them without eggs, but some common subs are applesauce or mashed bananas? Maybe you could give those a try? I’m not sure how they will turn out, fingers crossed! Good luck! Thanks so much for coming by, Amy! Good luck with your boy! I know allergies can be so hard to manage!
Not sure what happened, but I didn’t have enough mixture to cover a 8×8 pan – even using everything and spreading it out thinly. I had to fill it in with about half a cup of Cheerios and top the yogurt with crumbled Cookies!
Oh no, Kendall! I’m so sorry! I’ve never had a shortage when I’ve made this – but I’ll tell you what – I will give it another go and keep a watchful eye! If I need to add extra ingredients, I’ll update the recipe and comment again here so you know! I’d love to solve the mystery and help you out!
How should these be stored if we don’t finish them all in one meal?
Personally, I would just put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator!