Healthier Snacks

So I have 5 kids and each kid has a different eating issue.  Not really an issue, but each kid likes different foods.  This is most challenging when trying to plan one meal that will make everyone happy.  Basically I have given up on that.  I try to make things that are healthy, delicious and nutritious and will also please the largest number of people in my house.
My most recent idea is to make a “treat” or dessert type food that will have some added protein in it.  I have been experimenting for weeks and I will post for you my best attempts.
Today my 7 year old, basically the world’s pickiest eater, and also a vegan,  is home sick.  He was hungry and I asked him if he would like a chocolate chip bar.  He smiled and said YUM!  So off I went to create something he would love and would also sneak some good stuff in.

Since I dont have a picture of the bars, I put in a picture of  my 7 year old when he was feeling good.

Oat Hemp Seed Healthy Bars


  • 1/2 cup oats, not quick ones
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup non dairy milk
  • 1 whole banana mashed up well
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • you could easily add raisins, dry cranberries, nuts, or coconut to these bars too!


  1. In one bowl combine oats, both flours, hemp seeds, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir well.
  2. In a separate bowl mash up the banana well. Add in almond extract and non dairy milk(I used almond milk).
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry ones.
  4. Once mixed up, add in your chocolate chips or other mix-in that you like.
  5. Dont overmix it!
  6. Put in an 8×8 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

My son ate them slightly warm and had 4 pieces in a row!
Hope your kids enjoy these too.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my vanilla protein pie that my teenage picky kid ate 4 slices of!!

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