Rice bubble bar
Many fussy eaters enjoy rice bubbles and changing up the way they are served is always a positive.
Eating different versions of accepted foods helps to widen a child’s diet.
Home-made snacks are almost always better than bought ones as they tend to be less processed, and we can control the ingredients.
I made these with quite a few extra ingredients that don’t take away from the flavour but add nutrients.
I also tested them 3 different ways to tick boxes for most picky eaters.
Recipe – Rice bubble bar
1 cup rice bubbles
2 tsp sunflower seeds (ground) optional
2 tsp pepitas/pumpkin seeds (ground) optional
2 tsp linseeds (ground) optional
Or use 6 tsps of LSA instead of the ground seeds (all these are optional but disappear into the bar)
¼ tsp salt
15 g melted butter (or could use coconut oil for DF)
1 hpd tsp melted honey (or maple syrup)
1 hpd tsp peanut butter (or other nut butter). The flavour of the PB is noticeable. For nut-free swap the PB for 25gm of softened dates (these need to be chopped very finely and the taste is noticeable in the bar)
2 tsp cocoa powder for choc flavour
Method – Rice bubble bar
Heat oven to 140˚ fan forced or 160˚ without
Mix rice bubbles, ground seeds and salt in a bowl.
Soften butter, honey and peanut butter then add to the dry mixture.
Grease a small baking dish.
Press the mixture into the dish. It may seem a little crumbly but compact it down and push edges in.
Bake for 20 mins until beginning to brown.
Leave to set for a few hours. It takes time to firm.
Cut and serve or store.
Perfect for lunchboxes or snacks.
Judith, MA Cantab (Cambridge University), Post Grad Dip Psychology (Massey University), 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/