Going from one to two kids was the hardest thing I’ve had to do as a parent up to this point. A very demanding toddler who begged for the attention she deserved because she never had to share mommy before paired with a tiny newborn who needed me for literally everything naturally, lead to an exhausted mama trying to figure it all out.
Self-care typically goes completely out the window in cases like these. And I’ll admit that my hair didn’t get brushed every day, I didn’t take a shower every day, the toddler may have watched more TV than I care to admit, but life had to continue. Since I was tandem breastfeeding, I had to make sure I was consuming enough calories, nutrients, and healthy fats so that I had enough energy and milk to feed our girls.
I needed healthy snacks that were easy to make, easy to grab, and I would be able to eat with one hand. KIND bars were perfect, but they are expensive and since we are on a budget, I needed something cheaper. I looked at the ingredients and decided I could make them myself. We’ve been making these for over a year now and they are so amazing. Not only do I still eat them myself, but Andrew loves them for right before the gym because they are packed with protein and I love giving them to our toddler, Skibbles, especially after she’s been sick and I want to get some extra nutrition into her.
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almond butter (any nut butter or sunflower butter would also work)
- 3/4 cup unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup cashews, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (we use homemade)
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/4 heaping cup dried blueberries
- 1/4 heaping cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup debittered brewer's yeast (omit if not breastfeeding)
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Mix well until everything is very well combined.
- Line an 8x8 pan with wax paper.
- Place ingredients in wax lined pan.
- Firmly press down with the back of a spoon.
- Place in freezer overnight or at least 3-4 hours.
- Remove wax paper from pan and peel away from mixture.
- Cut in half, then cut each half into eight bars for a total of 16 bars.
- Place in container or bag and put back into freezer.
- Remove servings as needed 2-3 hours before consuming.
Since there are no fillers or preservatives in this they are a bit more crumbly, but it’s all delicious which is really the only thing that matters! We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
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