Snack Bites for Tots (and Mamas)

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The main objectives when spending a cold snowy day–or any day really, with a very active toddler: well-rounded meals (haha) and entertain her (is it spring yet?).

I’m very lucky to have a toddler who loves to eat and will try almost anything.  However, she’s a human and she gets bored when I offer the same thing one too many time. I can’t blame her. I’m the same way!

So I dug up a recipe that was passed down to me from a dear friend.   I switched out some of the ingredients to create my own.  In truth, I didn’t have all of the ingredients in my pantry and had to improvise.

It was a cold and snowy day.  It was nearing snack time and my little 18 month old tot was getting antsy.

“T, would you like to help Mama cook?”

“Yeeeeeea!” was the enthusiastic response.

We donned our aprons and I pulled up a chair to the counter on which she stood with excitement.  I had created the mis-en-place of the required ingredients. I have learned that preparedness is key when it comes to toddlers. Little T dumped the ingredients into the food processor bowl. I hooked up the appliance and let her push the button to pulse the ingredients.  The best part was showing her how to roll the snack bites in the shredded coconut. My little sous chef was hard at work.  I was surprised how long it took her to realize that she was playing with food therefore couldn’t resist taking a bite–three snack bites to be exact.

Recipe calls for apricots but picture shows dates, an excellent substitution.

Recipe calls for apricots but picture shows dates, an excellent substitution.

Ingredients for Snack Bites

1 cup dried apricots

1 cup oats (gluten-free oats are available)

1/3 of a banana

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 TB almond butter

1 TB honey

1 TB water

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup shredded coconut

 

Pulse all ingredients except the shredded coconut until well combined. Roll into bite sized balls and roll into shredded coconut.  Enjoy!

 

Snack bites

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Reviews of Snack Bites:

“Nummy” and “More, pleeeeeeease!”- T (18 months)

“I’m eating this last snack bite.” – Mama Tara

Spicy BBQ Kale Chips

 

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Last weekend, I headed to the rural part of North Jersey to spend some quality time with my parents while the hubby did some work in NYC.  My parents were thrilled to see us especially since it meant seeing their granddaughter, T.

The weekend was relaxing but short.  Most of the socializing was done at the table  –my favorite place to socialize.  Saturday I had lunch with my mom and her girlfriends, affectionately known as “The Bullies” at the local cafe.  That evening, we went to a friend’s home for dinner and drinks.  I tried uni, squid ink pasta and halva for the first time.  All interesting and delicious.

There was some snacking in between all of the feasting.  I raided my parents kitchen looking for nosh.  I found the perfect snack–Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale (Nacho flavored).  They were crispy and packed with flavor.

I have made kale chips before–an easy and simple recipe. I usually only lightly season it with salt and pepper.  I thought I ought to be more adventurous.  Inspired by Brad’s nacho flavored kale chips, I decided to seek my own flavor packed kale snack.

Spicy BBQ kale chips was the obvious answer. Continue reading