So I think one of the hardest parts about trying to eat clean is not being able to have portable grab and go snacks or meals. Let’s be honest, a Quaker’s Granola bar is just easy, and the kids certainly don’t complain. I just don’t love the amount of sugar and processed ingredients in those things, but please know my kids have totally eaten granola bars. In fact, we’ve gone through a giant Costco box of them. I am just working on small incremental changes I can make to clean up our diet.
I found this recipe by Kristine’s Kitchen Blog and decided to tweak it to fit our needs, and it was really yummy. They are super portable and work for a snack or breakfast! My husband and I enjoyed them and one (not both) of my kids really liked them. You win some, you lose some. I guess that’s life with kids, right?
We made these diary free, because my two-year-old just got diagnosed with a milk allergy. I am so thankful she only reacts mildly, and hopefully by getting her off dairy altogether we can heal her eczema. Having three food allergies in the family kind of makes it a nightmare to eat anywhere else but home. But as my sweet son encouraged me when we got in the car after the allergist, “It won’t be forever, mama! Just a little while” and I so hope he’s right!
Omitting milk has absolutely helped my kids eat real food. I had no idea just how much milk was filling their little tummies up. This newfound appetite has been the bright side of my kids’ adjustment to drinking water instead of milk. I tried every non-dairy substitute to no avail, and my two-year-old quickly learned the phrase, “No! I want regular milk.” At least water is a lot cheaper! She was crying for milk all the time the first few days and now only asks for it like once a day. It’s getting easier.
- 2 1/4 cup of old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup of almond flour
- 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 cup of agave or maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of avocado oil or naturally refined coconut oil
- 1 cup of grated carrot
- 1 cup of finely chopped apple
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine flours, spices, and oil together in a stand mixer beating on medium.
- Add in applesauce, agave, egg, and vanilla.
- Slowly add the carrots and apple.
- Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop out the dough. Shape into balls and smash down onto the baking sheet.
- Cook for 14 minutes.
- Store in the refrigerator.