Applesauce Oat Bites: A Healthy, Quick Homemade Snack for Even the Pickiest of Toddlers

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” This old saying has developed new meaning since taking on the responsibility of feeding another human everyday. Some days Baby 1.0 will eat anything and everything in her path. Blueberries, turkey, crayons, lint. You name it, she’ll eat it with gusto. Other days it’s all I can do to get a few grains of rice and a drop of applesauce down her throat. Because of this, I often find myself standing in the baby section of the grocery store searching for something Baby 1.0 can’t resist. Something portable, small, soft (Baby 1.0 is a late-bloomer in the teeth department) and filled with delicious veggies and minimal sugar. Unfortunately, this wonder product has proven to be more elusive than the famed Pacific Northwest Sasquatch.

Well, enter The Busy Moms Club, one of my new favorite blogs to follow. Seems like Baby 1.0 isn’t the only toddler out there with exquisitely finicky taste, and recently there was a post about the accidental discovery of Applesauce Oat Bites. Not only are these little guys super quick and easy, they are really versatile. I’ve made them with mashed black beans, beats, and even pureed butternut squash and carrots. I won’t say she loves my veggie version, but she tolerates them, and for me, that’s a win.

Give them a try, and let me know if you find a combination that your toddler loves.

Here’s the basic recipe, via The Busy Moms Club, but be sure to check her page out because she has more details that may come in handy for people unlike me who actually know how to bake:

  • 1/2 cup of applesauce
  • 1/3 cup of oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Drop 1/2 teaspoon portions onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8 minutes

So easy, right? And if your toddler won’t eat them, you can. Three cheers for The Busy Moms Club!

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