Kids can be harsh critics. I remember my best friend’s daughter ordering a deconstructed taco at our local Mexican restaurant and it taught me something about how kids can be with food. She was more than willing to have a pile of meat, cheese, and a plain tortilla on her plate. What she didn’t want was for it to be wrapped in the taco shell. So, based on this example, I would highly recommend trying to serve your kids the same foods in different form. These Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bites specifically address those kids who may not eat a hot bowl of soft oatmeal, but would love a morning “cookie.”
Sometimes the easier something is to eat, the more likely kids are to eat it. I venture to think perhaps my friend’s daughter did not like the idea of losing all of her taco toppings as she tried to consume it all together. Kids are much more likely to eat something that’s bite sized, easy to manage and reminds them of another favorite food.
So, call them “breakfast cookies,” call them “Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bites,” or whatever you think it will take for your kid to at least try them, and I think you’ll find you have a winner. I think your entire family will enjoy these and don’t hesitate to dip them or spread them with a little almond butter or peanut butter. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bites are so versatile they can be a kid approved breakfast or a grown up approved snack.
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bites
- 1 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Large Egg
- 3 tbsp. Honey or Maple Syrup
- 2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 2 tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
- 1 and 3/4 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
Mix together the egg, applesauce honey (or maple syrup) and cinnamon.
Add the Chia, flax, oats, and baking soda. Mix everything together. Using a 1 tbsp. scoop, scoop heaping table spoons of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Form the heaps into little round bites resembling cookies (see photos). They will not spread. The shape they are is the shape they will be after baking.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Recipe makes 24 bites. A serving is 4 bites.
Calories calculated using My Fitness Pal.