Food, Parenting, Toddler Snacks

Toddler snacks: Apricot and coconut oat bars

As you know from my previous post, I am on a mission to find healthy snacks for The Munchkin. And because the purse strings are a bit tight I can’t be ordering snacks online all the time because well, money.

I have two criteria when it comes to baking things: 1. It can’t be complicated and 2. It has to be quick. Because I am lazy as heck. That’s why when I saw this recipe on My Lovely Little Lunchbox I was excited. You basically throw everything into a food processor, blitz and bake. Quick, yummy snacks! The Munchkin LOVED the food processor whirring around and was most unhappy when it stopped. But these where the results and he was very happy with them, and so was The Husband.


{PLEASE NOTE: This is not my recipe!}


1 1/2 cups (95 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup (125 grams) natural peanut butter
1/4 cup macadamia nut oil (or lightly flavoured olive oil)
1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 1/2 cups (120 grams) shredded coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 ripe bananas
1 cup (170 grams) dates
1 cup (190 grams) dried apricots, finely chopped

Choc yoghurt topping:

1/2 cup (90 grams) white chocolate
1 tablespoon greek yoghurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 F) and line a 20cm x 20xm baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Place the oats, peanut butter, macadamia oil, vanilla, 1 cup of coconut, cinnamon, baking powder and bananas into the large bowl of a food processor and blitz until smooth, approximately 1 minute.
  3. Add the dates and process for another minute.
  4. Use a spatula to fold through the apricot and extra 1/2 cup of coconut.
  5. Evenly spread the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 15 minutes or until firm to the touch.
  6. Allow to cool for 5 minutes or so before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Choc yoghurt topping:

  1. Place the chocolate into a microwave safe container and cook on high in 15 second intervals (stirring in between) until melted and smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla bean paste and yoghurt and mix to combine.
  3. If your mixture is lumpy simply pop into the microwave for another 15 seconds and stir until smooth.
  4. Drizzle the white choc yoghurt topping over the cooled slice. Cut into bars and enjoy.

I highly recommend you head over and subscribe to My Lovely Little Lunchbox. She has so many great recipes ideal not only for baby-led weaning but also if you’re trying to live a more healthy life. All her recipes are filled with fruits or veg or a combination of them and I am eyeing those Savoury Muffins next!



  1. faz

    February 16, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Am totally trying this – maybe minus the chocolate!!Has all the good stuff and minimal artificial sugars. Peanut butter and dates are a WIN!Thanks for sharing

    1. Zayaan

      February 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

      I think the chocolate is just there to make the topping harden. I used more yoghurt than chocolate so it took a bit longer for the topping to set.

  2. cat@jugglingact

    February 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Oh that looks like worth trying

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