Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars- Kid-Friendly & Dietitian-Approved!

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Hello! I am still in my spring cleaning mode from last week Spring Cleaning- Time to get organized! But aside from cleaning I can always find time to bake a sweet treat!  Sweet treats are probably one of my favorite items to make and of course make them a bit healthier.  These baked items are something that I feel good about giving my kids.  My kids are super duper sweet/treat-aholics but they are also very good fresh veggie eaters!  Balance, right?!  So today, I would like to share with you a simple treat that is packed with almonds, flaxseed, coconut and of course . . . chocolate.  I have found out from experience that I need to make my treats look exciting in order for my kids to eat what I bake, ha!  They even ask, “Mom did you make this?”  Poor kids now have caught on that if mom makes the treat then it will be somewhat better for you, which means it may not be as tasty as a packaged product, ugh! Besides the chocolate chips and mini M&M’s I have used great sources of healthy fats from the coconut oil, flaxseed and almonds!  Do not be alarmed by the fat content per serving, remember it is good-for-you!  And these healthy fats are awesome for the kiddos to help build healthy brains!  Just this week, my 3-year-old was doing super simple math problems in his head and I thought to myself, “Wow, it must have been all those omega-3’s that I supplemented during the pregnancy and year of breastfeeding, ha! My dietitian friends can laugh at me but my other friends can just call me a dork and tell me to zip it!  In realty he probably just inherited those smarty-pant jeans from his dad! Anywho, enjoy this tasty treat! 

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Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars (Makes 24 bars)

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 banana, mashed

1/4 cup coconut sugar (or may use brown sugar)

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup ground almonds (or may use almond flour) (I just blended up almonds in my high-powered blender)

1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/3 cup mini M&M’s (I also used some chocolate covered chocolate chips that can be found near the sprinkles)

Preparation

In a mixer, cream coconut oil, banana and sugar until well-combined. Beat in eggs and stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Combine ground almonds (flour), ground flaxseeds, oats, baking soda and salt.  Add to creamed mixture. Finally chocolate chips and combine. Bake in a 9-by-13-inch pan at 350 for 15 to 18 minutes.

Nutrition Facts: 137 calories; 10 g carbohydrates; 8 g fat; 5 g protein; 56 mg sodium; 5 g sugar

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