Here's how to make them and why they are good for your (hopefully) growing toddler:
Pull out your hardly used coffee grinder (or small food processor, I like the magic bullet) and grind 1/3 C of oat flour, 1 Tablespoon flax seeds, 1/2 C cashews, 1/4 C sunflower seeds and 1/4 almonds into flour. Pour flours into a large mixing bowl, like the largest one you have; this makes a ton! Toss in 4 C of rolled oats, 1 1/2 C wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 C shredded coconut, and 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Now pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Press into a 9X13 pan that has been buttered and lightly floured. Bake at 325* 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool completely (like for several hours) before cutting to reduce crumbling.
Once refrigerated, these bars became really sticky held together great! They are very chewy, not crunchy, but if your child likes more crunch, chop the nuts and seeds instead of grinding them.
17 grams of fat
31 grams of carbohydrates
3 grams of fiber
5 grams of protein
13 grams of sugar
plus vitamins and minerals
Okay, so they are a little high in sugar--I did tell you they are delicious. You could use a little less honey or omit the maple syrup and get the sugar content down or count them as a treat; they are way healthier than a candy bar but just as satisfying!
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