Alternative breakfasts are always good for fussy eaters.
If our child eats the same food every morning, it becomes a habit. If they then drop that food, or it’s not available as they are elsewhere that can become a problem.
Or, if we have a child that is not enthusiastic about their breakfast, or has a non nutrient-dense favourite, we may be looking for alternatives.
Breakfast bars are a great option:
1. We can pre-make, perfect for busy mornings
2. They are different – always a plus
3. The bars are nutritious and fairly low sugar
4. If necessary, they are portable
5. They are more ‘treaty’ seeming so may be accepted even by children who are not oat fans
This is a basic recipe that can be modified to suit.
I added some fruit jam to the top of one of them before serving and it totally elevated the taste!!
1 cup oats
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground linseeds (optional)
– Place in food processor and mix
– Add the rest of the ingredients
2 tsp melted honey/maple syrup (if you prefer sweeter foods, an extra 1-2 tsp would be advisable)
¼ cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
1/8 cup melted butter or applesauce
– Mix well
– Stir in an optional ¼ cup of dried fruit/nuts/seeds – I used sultanas
– Pour into a lined baking pan (I just greased it which made it difficult to remove!)
– Bake at 175˚ for approx. 30 mins (until edges browning)
– Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting (I also skipped this step – oops!)
I added some jam, and it was fab!! I’m sure honey or peanut butter would also work.
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/