by Elise Schwartz | September 5, 2013 12:34 PM
Our son, Austin, is almost 2. His food preferences are changing from liking softer textured fruits and veggies to him preferring crunchier fruits and veggies and more protein, like raw nuts and meat. I tell you, just when a mom gets her food prep down to a pattern, it switches on her! I had grown accustom to preparing hard boiled eggs, a little salmon, fresh fruit and blanched veggies for Austin week in and week out. Now he’s asking for MORE food for his little growing body! And I can see he’s able to handle more complex flavors and textures. I am one excited foodie mama! Finally a full fledged toddler to “test” recipes out on. :)
To satiate Austin’s appetite between meals, I’ve started bringing protein bars with us. Today’s recipe came from the want to add variety in taste and texture to our normal routine. Plus, my mom always bought us those Quaker brand chewy chocolate chip granola bars when I was a kid. It was time to attempt a whole food version of those bars, sans HFCS or sugar, so my son could enjoy the same experience.
Our other usual go-to protein bar recipes that we carry around are the Nut & Seed Bars, Loaded Chocolate Protein Bars, Cocoa-Nut Bites, and Homemade Bumble Bars. He loves all of these, and has been enjoying these new healthy version of chewy chocolate chip granola bars!
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