Today little G and I have been busy in the kitchen together baking one of his favourite little healthy snacks, ‘Banana and Oat Bites’. Well, technically I did the baking while he shoved a wooden spoon in his mouth.
Where and when I can, I like to cook his food and treats from scratch. It’s something I find hugely rewarding, watching his little mouth morph into a gummy smile after sinking his one little tooth into something tasty. It also lets me see exactly what is going into his treats. Keeping things simple for a mum is the way to go, which is why this little recipe is such a win. I’d strongly suggest adding some unsalted butter and chocolate chips though, if you’re feeling a bit naughty.
I also discovered today that G really enjoys trying on various crockery… He’s such a strange little thing – he must get that from his Father.
These Banana and Oat bites are great little healthy alternative to a biscuit, and perfect for a tactile finger-food for Grayson to gobble up in between meals and milk.
If you like baking, but like myself, aren’t particularly gifted at it, then you are going to love this!
It only takes about 5 minutes to prep and then a further 20 minutes to bake, so you can even whip it up when your little ones are napping in what us Mums call ‘The Golden Hour’.
For a start, you’re only going to need four ingredients…
This recipe will make about 10 bites, so feel free to double the mixture if you think you may want more.
Firstly, let’s get the boring stuff done shall we? Preheat your oven to 160 degrees (fan) and grease and line a baking tray.
Next, toss all your four ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
Grayson helped with this part… Sort of.
Divide the mixture into 10 little bite-size balls…
Then place them on your baking tray- oh, remember to leave a little space between them.
Pop them in the oven.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until they turn golden and delicious looking, then cool them on a wire rack.
Again, if you’re feeling a little naughty, drizzle over some melted chocolate, and wait for it to set.
And there you have it!
Told you, it was ridiculously easy, wasn’t it?
They’re guilt free too… sometimes the best things in life are the simple ones!
Now for the best part of all, watching your little buddy enjoy…
Alternatively settle down with a nice cup of tea, put your feet up and tuck in yourself, you deserve it!
If you give these a go, don’t forget to use the hashtag #bakingwithhannah so I can see your masterpieces!
P.S You can keep these treats in an airtight container for up to 2 days.