The baby gourmet: yogurt bars

Filed under: Nutrition: Health

I'm always looking for tasty and healthy food to feed my kids. But, when it comes to snacks for children at the grocery store, well, let's just say I find them lacking.

I have, however, a great recipe for yogurt cereal bars, which have been a big hit in my house. My 1-year-old son is known to gobble them down about as fast as I can put them on his tray and his daddy is just the same.

How to make it:
2 cups of a cereal similar to Corn Flakes. (Personally, I don't use that cereal; I prefer one of the ones with high fiber and no sugar added.)
3/4 cup flour. (I use whole wheat flour.)
1/4 cup brown sugar.

Crush the cereal and combine the three ingredients until they are well mixed. I like to add in some flax seeds to the mixture, kids can't even tell they're in there and it is an added health boost.

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or non-hydrogenated margarine

combine those to the mix until there are coarse crumbs.

Put about half the mixture on the bottom of a greased eight inch pan. Put the rest aside to use at the end.

1 cup of flavored yogurt of your choice. (We use strawberry soy yogurt)
1 egg
2 tablespoons flour (again with the whole wheat)

Mix all those ingredients together. Pour on top of the cereal mix in the pan and spread with a spoon. Sprinkle the rest of the cereal mixture on top and put in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes.

This recipe is easy to adapt for dairy allergies by using the non-hydrogenated margarine and soy yogurt. It is also pretty easy to make; even my 2-year-old likes to help out. But, I warn you: Watch the mixing bowl while you're making it or little hands might sneak in to take a taste test.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.