Recipes for picky eaters – Muesli bar cookie
I was hungry so decided it was a good time to do some baking!
A lot of fussy children are comfortable with muesli bars. Unfortunately, many of those bought from the store, contain a lot of additives and unwarranted ingredients.
This recipe is a great compromise as it sticks together really well as cookies do, so there is none of the unwanted crumble associated with many home-made muesli bars. I made it in cookie shape but there is no reason not to make it more rectangular, should you wish.
You can add whatever additional ingredients are a fit for your child. I went with currants this time as I had some to use up.
Also please bear in mind we are used to less sugar than usual so adding some honey/maple (which also help bind) is probably advisable.
1 1/8 cup oats
½ cup oat flour (I make this by putting wholegrain oats in my spice grinder)
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
A sprinkle of salt
½ cup butter
½ cup softened dates
½ tsp vanilla
¾ cup of additions of choice (raisins, apricots, choc chips, nuts, seeds etc.)
1 heaped dst spoon of ground linseeds (optional)
1 tsp molasses (optional)
– Chuck it all in the food processor aside from the additions and blitz
– Add additions
– Form into cookie/bar shapes on greased or silicon tray
– Bake at 180° for 8-10 mins
Judith is mum to two boys, a tween and a teen. My dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
I delight in showing parents how to get picky eaters eating in simple, gentle, practical steps that anyone can master. I graduated from Cambridge University and have qualifications in nutrition, parent education and am a trained telephone support worker for ParentHelpline. I am currently working towards a Masters degree in Psychology. I would love to understand more of the “why” behind fussy eating and to eventually spearhead research in this area.