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When your baby turns 1 it’s a bittersweet feeling. Yes, they’re getting older, they’re getting a little personality, and will soon be walking and talking and running away from you every chance they get. Turning 1 also means that you can start giving your toddler more food than formula but if you’re anything like me, this will make you paranoid that they are always hungry and are not getting the nutrients they need. This is why I love the Go & Grow by Similac® Milk Based Powder, which is now available at Walmart and Walmart.com, it builds a bridge between the food they eat and the food they toss on the floor because Mac may be a toddler, but he’s still a messy baby. 😛 I used Go & Grow by Similac® powder with my older kids so it just made since to use it with Mac and now that they have the Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™, I have more options to get Mac the nutrients he needs while still letting him explore solid foods. Each single-serving package is packed with protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals to support growth and development. I can add it to any of his favorite foods and he is none the wiser.
During the school week, mornings are busy. Hubs is at work and I am always in a rush to get Piglet ready for school, Blueberry is running around like crazy, and Mac is hangry. I’ve made Blueberry breakfast bars in the past because she can take them to the bus stop and feed herself and now that Mac is a year old, I decided to make enough for the 2 of them and add in my Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™. Blueberry is also pretty picky so she could use the extra nutrition too and since these are perfect for kids 1-4, she is right in the prime zone for hidden nutrition.
So, how do we make these bars? Well, there’s only 4 ingredients and it only takes 18 minutes so they’re pretty easy. While everyone is getting dressed and brushing teeth, I pop these in the oven and by the time we’re ready to walk to the school bus, they’re ready to eat. All you need is some peanut butter, some oatmeal (in the tub, not the instant kind), and a banana.
Before you get started, preheat the oven for 350 degrees. Since I am making enough for 2 kiddos, I used 3/4 cup oatmeal, 3/4 cup peanut butter, and 1 banana. Stir by hand or use a stand mixer to blend the 3 ingredients. Return the mixture to the bowl and get your Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™. I used 2 packages because I was making 2 servings.
Grease a pan and spread out your bars. I made mine about 1/4 of an inch thick. They only took up part of the 8 inch pan that I was using. Bake in the oven for 18 minutes and then cut and cool them. They don’t have to be completely cold to serve but since you’re giving them to toddlers, make sure they aren’t too hot. No one likes a burnt mouth.
Mac’s spirit animal is a chipmunk (aka stuff all the food into his cheeks) so I break his pieces up into bite-sized portions but Blueberry just eats them like you would any other breakfast bar. They usually eat 1 square at the bus stop and when we get back, they’ll finish their squares and have some fruit to go along with them. It’s a pretty filling breakfast for such tiny tummies.
Toddler Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Time: 18 minutes Serves: 2
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 oatmeal
- 1 medium banana
- 2 packages of Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™ (Use one Mix-In for one serving or ½ cup of food)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend peanut butter, oatmeal, and banana until ingredients are mixed will
- Add 1 Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™ package for each serving of bars, so for this recipe you will need 2, and mix thoroughly
- Bake for 18 minutes
- Cool and serve immediately
So, now that you’ve heard about Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™, which of your toddler’s favorite foods will you add it to? You can click here to buy some for yourself right now. Or click the button below.