If you struggle to get nutritious food into your picky toddler, help is on the way! This is a delicious, easy recipe for yogurt breakfast bars (no refined sugar!) your toddler-critic will love!
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 toddler 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 two-year-old 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.
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 is the yogurt that puts it over the top for me, as far as nutrition goes. I chose to use HappyFamily HappyTot Whole Milk yogurt, and here’s a few reasons why:
- 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.
The HappyTot Yogurt that I used for this recipe also has other nutritious ingredients. Along with the strawberries and bananas, it also has chia and oats in it, which are gluten-free, rich in antioxidants and great sources of fiber. All good for tummy and overall health!
This is super-important to me, especially as a mom of a kid who has been struggling with being sick all winter.
Another cool thing about the whole HappyFamily company is that was started by a mom who was desperate for some healthy food alternatives for her baby – and she created a business to provide it for moms like us. I love that! (You can check out her story by clicking this link!)
Before I made the yogurt breakfast bars, I gave my boys a sample of the strawberry, banana, oats & chia yogurt:
We used this same yogurt strawberry and banana yogurt for our breakfast bar recipe. 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!
- 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.
These yogurt breakfast bars were a hit with the boys! Finally, something my picky eater toddlers loved – and it was a healthy breakfast treat as well!
What are your favorite healthy go-to recipes for your picky eater? Any tricks that work?
I would LOVE to know!
Looking for a fun recipe to try with your toddler? These Spring Butterfly Chocolate Chip Cookies are a blast to do together!