I have officially taken on a new title as a mother.. Snack Dealer. Emerson is a few days shy of 14 months old and the kid eats like there is no tomorrow!
She snacks a few times a day and her current favorite is “badada” which translates to banana – haha! We are lucky that she loves healthy foods, especially fruit.
To cut back on store bought toddler snacks, I made these Baby Led Weaning (BLW) friendly Coconut Blueberry Bites. They contain only 6 healthy ingredients and are refined sugar free. I love that they came together so quick and easy. Not to mention they are no-bake and last up to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container. They can also be frozen for 3-4 weeks.
And can we talk about this gorgeous color?! I used frozen blueberries instead of fresh blueberries to bring a more vibrant color to the bites. I thought Emerson would enjoy that!
I also thought she would enjoy all the different textures this recipe has. There’s added crunch from the coconut shreds and chia seeds.
I did use sweetened coconut shreds (instead of unsweetened) to add a little sweetness as I did not use any honey, maple syrup or dates as I usually do. Feel free to add one of those options to sweeten this recipe up even more. You can also substitute the peanut butter for any other nut butter.
It’s safe to say Emerson loved these. She demolished two of them in record time! Here’s the recipe..
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 ½ tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground flaxseed
- 2/3 cup sweetened coconut shreds, separated
- In a food processor, mix frozen blueberries, oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, flaxseed and 1/3 cup of the coconut until well combined into a thick paste.
- Using hands, roll mixture into balls (about 1 tbsp each), then roll in remaining coconut until coated.
- Serve & enjoy!
Disclaimer: Nothing in this or subsequent posts should be misconstrued as medical advice. This is simply what I have learned through my own research on Baby Led Weaning and feed my child on our BLW journey. Always consult with your doctor if you have concerns about your child’s abilities or medical issues that may make this approach unsafe. Baby Led Weaning is not right for every parent or every child. Every child’s feeding journey is different.