Oatmeal Snacks For Toddlers – A Honey-Free Finger Food Recipe
Once we introduced finger foods to our now one year old daughter she became an independent and often picky eater. Unless the menu was pizza, pasta, cheerios, or cheese, getting her to eat was sometimes a stressful battle. It was difficult to try to feed her oatmeal without her grabbing for the spoon or toppling the bowl and getting her to eat protein of any kind was an even more difficult task. To make all of our lives a little bit easier, I decided to attempt a toddler version of energy bites (toddler oatmeal bites) to allow her to self feed the grains and protein that I was struggling to get her to eat.
These no-bake toddler oatmeal bites are only four simple ingredients! My new toddler has been happily eating them for lunch the last couple of days. They aren’t extremely sweet or flavorful, but I tried a few myself and have to say they aren’t too bad. Including honey in the toddler oatmeal bites would sweeten them up, but I avoided it since my doctor said it was a taboo ingredient for children under the age of one.
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No-Bake Toddler Oatmeal Bites – Here are the simple steps!
Toddler Oatmeal Bites Ingredients:
- 1 cup oats + a little bit more to add after mixing
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 single serving container of vanilla yogurt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
I blended one cup of oats for the toddler oatmeal bites in the blender until they were more of an oat flour consistency and dumped it into a bowl. I added the peanut butter, yogurt, cinnamon, and mixed!
To make the toddler oatmeal bites a little bit sweeter you could use flavored baby oatmeal (which would also eliminate the need to blend the oats), but to keep it cheap and simple I just used rolled oats that I had in the pantry.
After mixing it all together it was still a little bit stickier than I wanted to be able to roll the balls, so I blended a few more oats and dumped them on top until it was a roll-able consistency and didn’t stick to my fingers right away.
Then all I did was roll the mixture into tiny toddler-sized balls to create toddler oatmeal bites! I tried to keep them about the size of a small grape (or a little bit bigger than a piece of KIX cereal).
UPDATE: A reader had a great idea in the comments to smash each of the toddler oatmeal bites after rolling to prevent a choking hazard. My little one never had any choking problem with these, but with the size and shape of this consumable for toddlers it can be an issue. To reduce any risk of choking, just smash each one after rolling or before serving to your toddler!
My daughter squished the toddler oatmeal bites between her fingers a few times before finally deciding to eat them, but they have been a helpful and relatively low mess addition to her lunch for the last few days now!
I hope these easy toddler oatmeal bites are helpful to you in your attempt to keep your toddler well fed!
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