The Perfect Little Granola Bites

There are two things I never buy. One, is Granola. And the other, is Granola bars. I’d much prefer to make my own. Here’s my go-to healthy granola recipe. And here’s a new super healthy granola bite recipe that I just discovered!

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

They look and taste AMAZING.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And they just happen to be vegan. No bake. Full of healthy seeds and grains. And only sweetened with honey.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

The key to these amazing bites is, in my opinion, the brown rice crisps and the chia seeds. It gives it a really nice crunchy, popping consistency.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

It is super easy to make, takes very little time, delicieux, and ready to eat.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I found the easiest way to mix all the ingredients together was to just get in there and use my hands.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And then scoop with a tablespoon and form into little balls.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

My 5 yr old daughter helped make these. This is a really good recipe to have your little one help out in the kitchen.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

See all the yummy healthy goodness?

I usually just use half chia seeds and half golden flax seeds, but for this batch I used this ancient grain and seed medley from Tj’s.

perfect little granola bites

Both ways are equally as good.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I have my mother-in-law and brother-in-law visiting, so you can imagine these went pretty fast in our house.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I like the idea of easy, healthy, grab n’ go. Whether it be in the morning, midday or after school.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I even packaged some up for my husband’s co-workers. As a fun little healthy work treat.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And – here’s Els enjoying her own too…

Perfect little Granola bites. Healthy snack for toddlers and kids.

Enjoy! Please tag @bebeandbear on insta if you try them out!

Perfect Little Granola Bites Recipe:

INGREDIENTS: 
1 cup of quick oats
3/4 cup of brown rice crisps
1/2 cup of all natural peanut butter
1/2 cup of Tj’s ancient grain and seed medley
BUT if you don’t have that 1/4 cup of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of golden flax seeds is good
1/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup of mini dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of vanilla extract
pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients together. Mix well. Take a tablespoon and form into little balls. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Freezes well up to 3 months.

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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Jumping on the Bento Box Bandwagon

A little late, perhaps. But what the heck. These bento boxes I see floating all over Pinterest are really hard to resist. So yesterday, I took a trip to Whole Foods and got one of these!

Bento Box Lunches

I chose this one because I wanted to make sure they didn’t have any phthalates, BPA, lead or PVC.

Bento Box Lunches

Cute right?

So i experimented a little and in the end decided to just use leftovers from the night before. Take a look.

Bento Box Lunch ideas.

Glass noodles with carrots, cabbage and brussels sprouts. A fresh medley of berries. And 4 Barbara’s Snackimal crackers for snack/dessert.

Ok, so I know it’s not –

Bento Box
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THAT!

But I’ll get there, one day.

Perhaps, when my daughter goes off to college and I can take a proper shower, breathe some, eat more than just a handful of crackers and toddler leftovers for lunch… Then! Maybe just then…

*The glass noodles, also known as ‘Jap-chae’ in Korean,  were from a local farmer’s market here in LA.  I will be doing a future post on how to make them very soon.

The brussels sprouts were very easy to make. (Please message me if you actually got your toddler to eat one.)

Wash and cut each piece in half. In a frying pan, on medium heat with a little bit of olive oil, cook until slightly brown. They should still be slightly firm when done. Add a pinch of salt and some fresh ground black pepper. Lastly, drizzle with a little sesame oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds, mix and serve!

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Brown Rice ‘Heart’ Sushi

Did I ever mention my 2 year old is funny?

What’s ‘funny’ is that sometimes I just want to make my toddler a peanut butter and jam sandwich with a few slices of cheese and apples on the side and call it a lunch. But to her, that’s unacceptable.

“Is this more to your liking?” I ask.

Healthy Brown Rice 'heart' sushi for Toddlers and Kids

Yup.

Here’s the thing. Els is one of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever met. But she’s not the typical picky. She’ll choose seaweed over potatoes. Kimchi over Bread. Fermented soybean soup over cheese. You see where I’m going with this?

It’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just, not a peanut butter and jam sandwich, you know what I’m saying. And guaranteed these are what’s in my diaper bag when we go out for pizza as a family. Because the idea of pizza, somehow activates her little, peculiar gag reflexes.

Here’s a little tutorial! (It’s a Korean style sushi, otherwise known as kimbap. I used only three ingredients as the filling, but the options are endless in terms of what you want to put in them).

Ingredients:
(for one roll)

1 cup of sticky brown rice
1 sheet of roasted seaweed
1 egg
1 carrot
1 yellow pickled radish (Please make sure to read the label and get organic if you can, but also msg and preservative-free. The brand I like is: Pulmuone. They are committed to providing all natural, high quality wholesome foods).
sesame oil
pinch of salt
sesame seeds

PREP:
1. First scoop out the rice in a bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil and mix. Then add as much sesame seeds as you want ( I use a LOT) and a pinch of salt and mix again.

2. Peel the carrot and slice into thin pieces. Stir fry the carrots for a few minutes until cooked but still slightly crunchy. Add a drizzle of sesame oil and set aside. Slice the radish into strips. Beat one egg and make a thin crepe-like egg on pan on medium-low. Once done, cut the egg into strips. It should all look like this:

Brown Rice 'heart' Sushi.

3. To make the heart shape, you will need a special heart making sushi kit. You can find them at your local Korean or Japanese Store. Get the sushi kit and the roasted seaweed ready.

Take the kit, grease with a little sesame oil, and start layering. First rice. Then egg, carrots and radish. Top off final layer with more rice. Sprinkle more sesame seeds on top if you like. Place the lid on top and press down. Take off lid and place face down on the very left side of the seaweed.

Brown Rice heart sushi

5. Start rolling to the right. Once at the end, dab a little water on the edge to seal the seaweed together, like you are sealing an envelope. Finally, take a sharp knife and slice carefully into sushi pieces. (Tip: Wet the knife in between each slice to get a clean cut)

Brown Rice 'heart' Sushi.

Use the leftover egg, radish and carrots as a little side for your toddler to munch on!

Healthy Brown Rice 'heart' Sushi for Kids.

It might look like a lot of work, but I promise it’s very easy! And worth it at the end.

Healthy Brown Rice 'heart' sushi for Toddlers and Kids

And if you are wondering how I made those grape tomatoes into hearts, here’s the link that shows you how.

Healthy Brown Rice 'heart' Sushi for Kids.

*Do your toddlers/kids have any special tastes? I’d love to hear them. I feel like I’m the only one who has a toddler who prefers vegan mac n’ cheese over the real deal! Not that it’s a bad thing!

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