I love home made food. I love knowing exactly what went into the things that I am consuming, and the satisfaction of enjoying something that I made.
This is also part of the reason why I, for the most part, make or prepare Jackson’s food myself. (For convenience we also give him organic baby food pouches from brands such as: Happy Baby, Sprout, Ella’s Kitchen, and Earth’s Best.) As he has gotten older, I have been trying to get creative with finger foods and not just give him puffs, or Purely O’s (Cascadian Farms organic sugarless version of Cheerios), and my awesome pediatrician mentioned at our last visit that she gave her son “coconut truffles” that she had made herself. That gave me the idea to make Jackson baby friendly “Larabar” bites.
The main ingredients are dates, unsweetened shredded coconut, goji berries, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds. I chose these ingredients for their ability to hold together, nutritional value, and because they are safe to give a baby at 10 months old, which is how old Jackson is. (note: They are all being blended together, so there is no choking hazard.)
What you need:
~ 35 pitted dates (I got them from the bulk bin in Whole Foods so I really didn’t count!)
~ 1/3 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
~ 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
3 Tbsp goji berries
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
splash of vanilla
dash of cinnamon
Throw all the ingredients in the food processor and just let it go. You can stop it periodically to make sure all the ingredients are incorporating and blending together. You know its ready when the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the food processor bowl and begin to ball up.
Once it’s ready you can now roll it into little bites for your baber, or form into small bars for them to bite (or for yourself, because they’re pretty stinking tasty!).
Other ingredients you can add: maca powder, cacao powder, various dried fruit, hemp seeds…whatever nutritious thing you want to sneak in & whatever you think your kiddo would like!
I got 4 ounces of little bites for my son, and also formed 6 small bars that we could share.
All of the ingredients I used I felt comfortable giving to my son after our well visit with our pediatrician (and asking some friends advice). Ask your pediatrician if you have any questions regarding what foods your child should be eating. When introducing new foods I always pay attention to make sure there are no allergic reactions going on!
Jackson DEVOURED these bites. He loved them so much! I hope your kiddo enjoys them too!
Have you made any yummy snacks for your littles? Please share!!! :) We love food, especially the home made kind!